One of the strangest streaks in recent baseball history continued on Tuesday, as Dan Uggla's fifth-inning infield single extended his hitting streak to 30 games in the Atlanta Braves' 11-inning, 4-3 win over the Florida Marlins. With two down and nobody on in the fifth, Uggla hit a chopper into the hole at short, easily beating out the throw from Emilio Bonifacia to extend the streak. He finished the game 1-for-6 with two strikeouts.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes that Uggla's 30-game streak is one short of the Atlanta Braves record, which was set by Rico Carty in 1970. (Tommy Holmes had a 37-game streak for the Braves in 1945, but that was when the franchise was in Boston.) It also ties the longest hitting streak in baseball so far this year - the Dodgers' Andre Ethier had a 30-game streak that ended in early May. The Journal-Constitution points out that Uggla's streak is the 13th streak of 30-plus games since 1990.
Uggla's hitting streak has been remarkable for a player whose greatest strength is his power relative to other second basemen. He has never hit much for average, and that's remained true this year despite the streak - in fact, he's still batting just .220. His average has climbed almost 50 points since his hitting streak began with a 2-for-2 game against the Rockies on July 5, but he's still among the worst major-league regulars in terms of batting average. The Associated Press notes that his .173 average when his hitting streak started was the lowest average at the beginning of a 30-game hitting streak for any batter with over 10 at-bats.
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