Uggla’s just “rolling with it” on 24-game hit streak (updated)

WASHINGTON – Dan Uggla singled in his third at-bat Tuesday to extend his hitting streak to 24 games, matching Gary Sheffield for the fourth longest in Atlanta Braves history.

“All that stuff is bittersweet because bottom line, we need a win,” said Uggla, after the Braves 9-3 loss to the Nationals, their third in a row. “You’re just finding a way to try to get on base.”

Uggla was a little more emphatic the night before when he went 3-for-4 with two home runs on Monday night to reach 23 games and match Edgar Renteria (2006) for the fifth-longest streak in Atlanta history.

Uggla hit as many home runs Monday night as Renteria did in his entire streak in 2006. Uggla hit 10 home runs over those 23 games, including one in his first at-bat Monday to eliminate all suspense early.

Uggla’s batting average was .173 when the streak started on July 5. He was hitting .212 after Tuesday’s game. So what happened? He says he just feels now like he usually feels – like himself.

“What’s going on – this is pretty much what I’ve done my whole career, without the streak obviously,” said Uggla, who’s admitted to feeling a little of the pressure of the five-year $62 million extension he signed. “It’s a struggle I had to go through I guess. Who knows? Just rolling with it.”

Since June 28, Uggla has raised his average 37 points from .175 to .212. He’s driven in 22 runs in his past 30 games, after driving in 27 in his first 80 games to that point.

His streak lasted through a pinch-hit at-bat in Cincinnati on July 22, when he hit the game-winning homer and a scoring change two nights later, when an error by third baseman Miguel Cairo was changed to a hit.

“If the scoring thing hadn’t changed, then that would have been par for the course all year,” Uggla said. “I hit that ball hard; it’s not a routine play. But earlier on in the year, they call it an error.”

At this point in the year, he’s having some fun. And he has Freddie Freeman to share the experience with. Freeman extended his own hitting streak to 17 games with a double on Tuesday night.

“He’s a lot better hitter than I am so his will probably go on a lot longer than mine,” Uggla said. “This young kid is good, man.”

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bobby cerasuolo

August 2nd, 2011
6:35 pm

Now maybe he can tell Gonzo how to get out of the snide and start hitting. But the thing that pissed me off is instead of DFA Gonzo they do it to young up and coming hitter in diory hernadez. Now if Frank Wren had any nuts right after Stephen Drew got injured I’d be on the phone offering him both Lowe A-gon and DH to Arizona for Bloomquist and Armando Galarraga then bring up Minor use him in the rotation and use Galarraga as a long reliever.

Poondaddy

August 2nd, 2011
6:36 pm

Looks like another fizzle down the stretch!!

Glenn

August 2nd, 2011
6:41 pm

Gonzo AND Heyward…

Fab-Five Fredi

August 2nd, 2011
7:00 pm

Chip: “Runners on 1st and 3rd with one out”
Typical Jey-Hey el goo-fey at bat as called by el homers Chip and Joe:

Chip: “Jason Heyward steps into the batters box, he has a two game hitting streak and is 3 for his last whatever, looks like he is coming around, Joe?!!!?
Joe: Takes a hit off of whatever Chip was smoking-”Yeah, gotta be encouraging for Fredi. Got Jason to move much closer to the Fulton County side of the batter’s box.”
Joe: “Whatever ya do, though, you cannot hit a ground ball here, need to get it up in the air, take some pitches and be selective.”
Chip: “From the stretch, here’s the pitch, swung, line drive, no dribbler to second, onto first, Double Play!!
Joe: “Defense had him played right I guess?????Chip…They Must have ESP or at least ESPN…”

AK Braves Fan

August 2nd, 2011
7:05 pm

hahaha i like it Fab-Five

originalatlbravefan

August 2nd, 2011
7:11 pm

Carroll, I like how Uggla brags on Freeman when being asked about his own streak. Just wish we had a healthy McCann & Chipper in the line-up too while these guys are hot.

Serbok

August 2nd, 2011
8:11 pm

No Such Thing as a Fab 5!
Only a Fav ONE!!!
John Lennon!

Dick's Dungeon

August 2nd, 2011
9:01 pm

How many more years of Lowe’s $14 million salary are we facing? He hsn’t pitched a decent game in weeks. I don’t think the Braves will make the playoffs. Lowe can’t pitch – Hanson can’t change his delivery to stop runners from stealing on him – Hudson is just average – Beachy hasn’t shown much either.

Ron Hyatt

August 2nd, 2011
9:11 pm

can’t wait for it to end so I can roll out this:

U-g-gla
you ain’t got no hits today!
You Uggla, Dan
you Uggla!

01HAWK

August 2nd, 2011
9:17 pm

How long can we go with GONZO, and MCOUT on the roster. Heyward needs to go to AAA.

Need to bat Constanza 2nd in the lineup…………………………..Comment by Joe Simpson that Fredi was going to play whomever was playing well. WELL, can we at least get the kid at AAA and release GONZO.

We have one more year of DLOWE. 2012 is his last year I believe.

Mark (another one)

August 2nd, 2011
9:20 pm

Dick: Your right. There the worst team in baseball. Quit following them.

Mark (another one)

August 2nd, 2011
9:20 pm

Dick: Your right. They’re the worst team in baseball. Quit following them.

tdmorgan

August 2nd, 2011
9:25 pm

McOut will be the 4th outfielder when he returns from the DL…DLowe will definitely be gone after the 2012 season…hopefully we can dupe somebody after the season because he has been awful. We should have jumped at the opportunity when Detroit had asked about him before the deadline. Fredi better be serious about the best player will play regardless of ego because DLowe needs to be done…he can’t even go 5 innings

BERNIE

August 2nd, 2011
10:09 pm

It’s been a fizzle all year for the offense. I was on UGGLA bad but if it wasn’t for him and Freeman where would the Braves be? They aren’t going to make the playoffs because they can’t hit. Chipper needs to suck it up and get back and if golden boy Heyward doesn’t hit soon why keep him? Freddi needs to be looked at by the front office also because he is too muck like Bobby because he is too loyal to the no offense players. Hopefully some one will buy the Braves and clean house starting up in the front office.

Pale Rider

August 2nd, 2011
10:27 pm

EGOLLA has the homeruns, but is 1st in MLB in errors for 2B and is still not batting his weight.

Optimist

August 2nd, 2011
10:48 pm

Just hold on for the 40 man roster. Replace Lowe with one of the young guns and let’s see what they can do. Move Lowe to the bullpen to be used in long relief if necessary. The next couple of years will be big for the braves. Dump McClouth’s and Kawakami’s contracts. No offense to Chipper (because he has brought a lot to the braves), but he has not played up to his contract in years, and the Braves would benefit from him retiring as a player and if he wants to hang around, he can step into the coaching staff.

dawgfan0711

August 3rd, 2011
12:19 am

I just can’t believe that 15+ million a year buys this type of season from DL. We have to sign JJ and TH to long term deals and get DL and KK contracts off the books. What a waste of payroll with those two. I love what CJ has done for the Braves over the years but right now he needs to get on the field or we won’t be in the playoffs at all this year. As much as i like him, i hope he retires after this year, it’s time to use that money on someone who can stay healthly and produce. When you look at it, the small contracts have produced, the largest have not. CJ, DL, KK, DU also until recently. We need to get CJ and BM back and see if we can string some wins together.

BravesFAN

August 3rd, 2011
12:49 am

Suprised Heyward didn’t even get used to pinch hit tonight. Wow Fredi must really not like Heyward. He’ll let Lugo pinch hit but not Heyward…really???

Ugglas a Fraud

August 3rd, 2011
1:39 am

Uggla’s hit streak is a fraud..Given hits in 2 games by hometown scorer..Hits were really errors. Everybody knows it in MLB…

Phuch Le` Duch

August 3rd, 2011
3:03 am

* Tis pronounced like – ” foosh le duke ”

“Upon the heat and flame of thy distemper sprinkle cool patience”
| William Shakespeare |

Patience is a virtue !

Go Braves !

Mitchell

August 3rd, 2011
3:56 am

Why don’t we just have a f*ing parade?

Dan Uggla’s batting .212.

How wonderful. Except in 24 games the Braves are 12 and 12 so basically it means nothing.

Meaningless base hits. No point in even reporting on it.

He’s beyond Teixeira-Dome.

Mitchell

August 3rd, 2011
3:59 am

He has truly surpassed Mark Teixeira in meaningless statistics.

The numbers look impressive on the surface but signify nothing.

Christine

August 3rd, 2011
4:46 am

It’s Uggla’s fault others aren’t hitting now, Mitchell? Guy can’t win with the internet trolls.

Patrick

August 3rd, 2011
5:45 am

Dont jinx us here plese, even thou we need wins

Bob the Blogger

August 3rd, 2011
7:32 am

Good for Uggla and Freeman. Now we need to get Heyward going.

CRMAC300

August 3rd, 2011
8:32 am

Come on, Fredi, I could not believe my eyes when Gonzo came up after Uggla in the batting order! Gonzo batting fifth!! Derek Lowe is a better hitter than Gonzo! Arizona won again last night, wild card lead down to 1 1/2 games! Heyward needs to go to Gwinnett to learn how to take the outside pitch to left field again. He did that with ease last year! By the way, anyone seen Yunel’s stats at Toronto? Batting over .300, 10 home runs, 40 runs batted in! Nice trade, Frank!

Stan Drulia

August 3rd, 2011
8:35 am

Anyone saying Uggla’s streak is bogus is clearly not watching every night. He has hit that stride where every time he comes to bat – you know there is a good chance he is going to get on base – or even hit a homer. Uggla struggled for the first few months and his average will not recover because of it – but I don’t think anyone can argue that he is performing right now exactly how we all hoped he would when we signed him.

ChillyMutt

August 3rd, 2011
8:38 am

We seem to be ‘tipping our cap’ a lot lately … especially when Lowe pitches.

Lew

August 3rd, 2011
8:57 am

Half of these comments show the intelligence of the people writing them, they can’t write without using every swear word they know. I do agree with some of the comments, Chip needs to retire, we need to hang on to Constanza, he has a lot of potential. Lowe, McLoser, Gonzo, Heyward all need to go. We now have a good CF, put Constanza in lf, Prado at 3rd. The bench has a couple of upcoming players that can play SS. I think CJ would make a great hitting coach. The pitching needs to pull up their bootstraps and pitch.

Ted Abernathy

August 3rd, 2011
9:04 am

Uggla’s offensive production is countered by the runs allowed by him defensively. Come on, throwing the ball in the stands and into the dugout in succesive innings?

Kennefearl

August 3rd, 2011
9:11 am

Fab-Five Fredi — What the heck announcers are YOU watching and listening to? On MY telecasts…they always act like they’re got a mancrush on the OPPOSING team’s players. I’m totally sick of hearing about what a good stretch so-and-so on the other team is on — either pitcher OR hitter….while the Braves players are downplayed — with the exception of the two streakers (Freeman and Uggs)… Notable example…before last night’s first pitch the announcers made the statement that the opposing pitcher would be 14 and 0 — instead of 7 and 7 if he pitched against the Braves every time…Harry Caray-Legend; Skip Caray – Beloved Memories that live on in VHS and DVD…CHIP Caray…ear ache waiting to happen with the Braves in the background!

hawk4

August 3rd, 2011
9:21 am

Lowe…… You can’t live 83-89mph right down the middle.

Chipper… I said it yesterday, I’ll say it again today.. Step Up for crying out loud. Between your knee and quad you are missing the summer. “Your” Team went from being the team to beat…. to in danger of losing the Wild Card. It’s time to be the Leader on the diamond, you don”t get wins for being the voice in the club house. Your a first ballet HOF’errrrr “Show it”!!!

stew

August 3rd, 2011
9:31 am

Was Detroit interested in Lowe? They wanted to trade for him. We weren’t interested in the money. Also, couldn’t we have had Pence in addition. Wasn’t the money Lowe going to receive going to pay off. We could have had Pence if we wanted.

old brave, retired

August 3rd, 2011
10:01 am

Hi gang, My idea is Put Lowe in long relief to replace S. Linebrink and put 12 and 1 Julio Teheran in the starting spot vacated by Lowe. Or just eat Lowe’s and Kawakimi’s contracts. Just a thought. Peace

O'flarity's water bottle

August 3rd, 2011
10:03 am

Ron Hyatt

August 2nd, 2011
9:11 pm

Nice support for your team you j@ck@$$!

Phuch Le` Duch

August 3rd, 2011
10:09 am

Cox is the one who wanted Escobar traded.
BC never did like the kid.
Too much swagger.

Yawl need to get behind Danny Boy;
the young man plays hard !
He’s producing now.
He’s a gamer !

Every player (Heyward) in baseball;
their season is much like a pendulum,
if it swings one way, it’s bound to swing back.
*(Uggla)
Heyward will swing back – remember – patience.

note:
Stick a fork in Chipper.
“he’s done”

Phuch Le` Duch

August 3rd, 2011
10:12 am

Remember it’s ~~~ foosh le duke

Russell

August 3rd, 2011
10:30 am

If the brave hitters don’t stop getting called third strikes, they will never make the big one. They should adjust when they have 2 strikes. Ask Pete Rose and Joe Morgan. They always adjusted to any pitch that was close enough to call. The ulglest thing in baseball is to take a called third strike that is right down the middle of the plate

Mark

August 3rd, 2011
10:50 am

Russell – Ask Joe Morgan? I don’t have time to ask Joe Morgan. Well, that’s not exactly right. I have time to ask him, I just don’t have the time Joe Morgan’s answer would take.

Caleb

August 3rd, 2011
11:34 am

We need to trade Derek Lowe. He is the worst pitcher on our rotation, he has 10 losses, really!! Time for him to go!!

don

August 3rd, 2011
11:58 am

Braves are nine down in th eloss column. The division is out of reach. If they don’t pick it up, the wildcard will disappear and the boys will get an early off season.

Jurrjens and Hanson have come crashing down to earth. Lowe is unproductive and probably untradeable. Chipper stayed on two years too long. Heyward has been much hype and little production. Gonzalez is below average at shortstop. Proctor needs to go and take a few others from the bullpen with him. Management is of questionable quality although Wren seems to have finally learned from the humiliating Teixeira trade. Other than that, the Braves look good.

BraveMan

August 3rd, 2011
11:59 am

Okay, here’s what we need… bring up one of the hotshot young starters from AAA and put Lowe in the bullpen for long relief. The Bravos have been needing a lot on looooong relief recently.

Stick

August 3rd, 2011
12:21 pm

Uggla ain’t the problem………..we need others to step up. Their offense has been scizophrenic all year

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allan

August 3rd, 2011
12:38 pm

The Braves don’t look like a playoff team anymore. Arizona is now the wildcard threat

SavannahBravesFan

August 3rd, 2011
1:20 pm

Make it 25 for Uggla!

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