Uggla’s streak thrilled and energized teammates

When Dan Uggla’s improbable hitting streak ended Sunday, Braves teammates seemed even sadder than he was.

Uggla hit .377 with 15 homers and 32 RBIs during a 33-game hitting streak that was the longest in the majors this season, third-longest ever by a second baseman, and four shy of Tommy Holmes’ franchise-record streak for the 1945 Boston Braves.

“It was awesome to watch,” third baseman Chipper Jones said. “He carried us for the month. He was hitting the ball out of the park. People think of long streaks like that and they think of slap hitters who get a lot of singles, but he was doing a lot of damage.”

Uggla was hitting a league-worst .173 when the streak began July 5. He raised his average to .232 before going 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly Sunday.

“It made everything so fun, just watching him going every day,” left fielder Martin Prado said. “I’m just proud of him. He’s one of those guys that deserves it.”

Uggla nearly extended the streak on a fifth-inning bloop near the right-field line, but Cubs second baseman Darwin Barney sprinted and made a spectacular diving catch.

“I was more [upset] that he had just made that play and I didn’t get on base,” Uggla said. “I wasn’t even looking at him; I was looking at [right fielder Tyler] Colvin, and Barney just comes flying through.

“But like I said, it was fun. I had a blast. I’m looking forward to starting another one tomorrow, and more importantly, getting back on track with a win tomorrow.”

With McCann back, Chipper could hit sixth

It wasn’t vintage Brian McCann on Sunday in the All-Star catcher’s first game off the disabled list, but the Braves were nonetheless excited about having him back.

After missing 16 games with a strained oblique, McCann went 0-for-4 with a strikeout, two pop-ups and a groundout in his first game back Sunday.

McCann returns to a lineup that now features leadoff man Michael Bourn along with another another outfield speedster, Jose Constanza.

“Oh, huge,” Prado said of getting McCann back. “He’s carried us all year. Mac worked so hard to get back. He’s a star, man. He’s a stud. We need him.”

With McCann back and  Uggla and Freddie Freeman thriving in the middle of the order, Gonzalez said he would probably bat Jones sixth, a few spots below the iconic Braves third baseman’s customary spot in the order. Jones was out of the lineup for a rest Sunday.

“Lengthens that lineup out a little bit,” Gonzalez said. “But you could always flip-flop a little bit if someone matches up well with a particular pitcher.”

Jones had the National League’s second-highest average with runners in scoring position (.392) before Sunday, behind Cincinnati’s Joey Votto (.424).

Despite despite missing time for arthroscopic knee surgery and a quadriceps injury in his first game back from surgery, Jones has hit .310 in his past 33 games with five homers and 21 RBIs, including 10-for-21 in his past six games.

The 39-year-old third baseman has hit almost exclusively in the three-hole during his career, except two seasons batting cleanup behind Gary Sheffield or J.D. Drew.

Jones has just 22 career at-bats in the 6-7-8 spots in the lineup. Eight of his 14 at-bats in the six-hole came in his third season in 1997.

But if Gonzalez wants to bat him sixth, Jones said won’t be an issue.

“He’s the manager,” he said.

Etc. The Braves also activated reliever Scott Linebrink (back strain) from the DL, opening two roster spots by placing pitcher Tommy Hanson (shoulder tendinitis) on the DL and optioning reliever Anthony Varvaro to Triple-A Gwinnett.

The Braves will keep a third catcher, J.C. Boscan, on the roster until Tuesday, when they’ll recall pitcher Randall Delgado from Gwinnett to make a fill-in start for Hanson. Gonzalez said primary backup catcher David Ross could serve as right-handed pinch-hitter until then.

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Carking

August 14th, 2011
9:07 pm

First I’m starting a new streak

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Tony

August 14th, 2011
9:53 pm

Great streak Uggla! But there is no time to look back, there is a pennant to be won. By the way Fredi G., if your pitcher has a 3-4 point lead in the 5th, give him a chance to get out of the inning. The call to remove Beachy, who was pitching a great game, was vintage Bobby Cox. Let the guys pitch…our bullpen will need the situational experience heading into the playoffs. The no decision is Beachy’s second of the same nature…the no-decision should be charged to Gonzalez. Good work Brandon and keep your head up!

Tony

August 14th, 2011
9:54 pm

Oh yeah, thanks for the article Dave.

iTiSi

August 14th, 2011
10:09 pm

Another one of the Braves pathetic, ugly, Sunday losses. Is it just me or do they always play their “ugliest” games on Sunday? Seems that way! The Cubs, just like the Mets, are another one of the worst teams in the National League, and they lose 2 out of 3 to them. I know one thing. Linebrink needs to be “Proctorized”, and O’flaherty is not far behind. If the Braves have one weak link in the chain now, it’s the middle relief. The Cubs made 4 terrible throwing errors today and the Braves still couldn’t beat them. Keep this up and bye-bye wildcard!

BravesfaninWis

August 14th, 2011
10:24 pm

It energized us fans as well Danny. Great hitting streak there and Chipper was right, you carried this team on those shoulders for a month straight. I was disappointed when it came to an end today as well and really thought that the ball was going to drop until Barney made a lucky stab and somehow caught it.

So many things went wrong today after a promising start. You guys had a 4 run lead, Beachy started getting tired with a high pitch count in the 6th inning again, Gonzalez brought in a pitcher that hasn’t pitched in 2 weeks because of injury even though the Cubs had guys on base, and you ended up losing the game, and more importantly the series to a team that is way below .500 and going nowhere but home after the regular season ends. Unfortunately, that is where the Braves are headed if they can’t beat teams like the Cubs and Nationals. The Braves are a better team, their record reflects that, their pitching reflects that, yet somehow they can’t get it done.

Awesome streak Uggs, now if you can please put this team back on your shoulders for the final 41 games that would be great. Otherwise they may be heading in the same direction as the Nationals and Cubs when the season ends. This team has the talent, but it seems like they can never use all of it at once. If they did, they would be a huge threat. For some reason, I don’t ever think that they will put it all together and make a run with it, and that is a shame.

Ron Hyatt

August 14th, 2011
10:27 pm

U-G-GLA
You ain’t got no hits today
You Uggla, Dan
You Uggla

Ball's-N-All

August 14th, 2011
11:17 pm

guess i got deleted..lol my coment did n e who….!!!

Ball's-N-All

August 14th, 2011
11:18 pm

Freddie G gave game away …plan an simple

Ball's-N-All

August 14th, 2011
11:20 pm

AGREED BRAVESFAN/TONY….WELL SAID

Ball's-N-All

August 14th, 2011
11:29 pm

? why does our starters (pitchers) only get to through 90 to 100 pitches…? i have watched many starters for other teams pitch 110 to 125 saw 1 the other day through 129…are our pitchers that weak? watch the PHILLs. pitchers they ALWAYS pitch 100 to 125…are our pitchers hurt,outta shape?My Oh My so many ??????,s

Biff Pocoroba

August 14th, 2011
11:31 pm

Might as well miss out on the playoffs the way that Fredi is handling the pitching lately. He will just blow it with stupid moves just like his mentor Bobby always did

Carolina Carrollton

August 14th, 2011
11:35 pm

@iTiSi,

Braves won last sunday @ citi field taking 2 out of 3. then swept the teal fish.

bobbybrave

August 15th, 2011
12:03 am

sometime a streak ( dan uggla ) can cause a team to focus on the streak and not the game….big week coming up the giants and snakes….people need to get off fredi…look at the injuries to the pitching staff and chipper and brian and this team is still leading the wild card….right now hudson is the only starter that we can depend on for a complete 7 or 8 innings.

JoshTown

August 15th, 2011
12:09 am

Great streak by Uggla, and it seems all the nay sayers from the first part of the season have disappeared. And for all of the people complaining about Chipper’s ego or riding a hard line, he seems perfectly fine with batting sixth, and knows it’s time to pass the torch. Having said that, a 39 year old 3rd baseman still hitting .270+ is a great asset to have, and is going to fortify the lineup even more. Welcome back to Mac, here’s hoping Tommy heals up soon, and a great stretch run to the playoffs. Go Braves. You’re having a terrific season.

Remarkable

August 15th, 2011
12:12 am

Why bat Jones 6th? He is the most consistent hitter on the team. Show me another career 300 hitter. Chipper may be prone to injuries, but when he’s in the game he can be counted on to come up with a hit.

jj

August 15th, 2011
12:35 am

I have been watching Prado carefully ever since he has come off the DA list and he does not seem to be playing good Team ball.He seems to really struggle hitting second behind our new lead-off hitter.I don’t know if it has something to do with his up-coming new contract or what ,but his game has become a little self-centered.He refuses to move runners over,or willing to bunt,and he seems to only be interested in doing his thing and that is just swing the bat..His last at bat today was awful.He was determined to hit and he swung at a pitch that in that situation,he should have took.Maybe I am reaching,but he is not filling the #2 hole real good.As a matter of fact,I would like to see the two speedsters at the top of thje order.I sure feel for Beachy and knew we were in trouble when Linebrink came in the game.He just don’t seem to be a very confident pitcher.I even wonder why we brought him back before September.A bad lost,but let’s get those Giants.GO BRAVES.PS…Prado,I can see where being jerked around depending on how Chipper might feel could get you off your game,but c’mon man,be the player we know you are and put whatever issues aside and play ball.You too,J-Hey Kid.

DeepDiver

August 15th, 2011
3:14 am

Fredi is the worst manager in baseball. Check out Keith Law over on ESPN.

Stinger2

August 15th, 2011
3:58 am

The run by Uggla was great but its now over. Time for the Braves to focus on the goal of winning the WC. They first need to learn its important not to give gaves away to inferior teams like the Nats and Cubs. Losing a game when the opposing team makes four errors is unacceptable and is obviouly an opportunity wasted. The Giants are here and are also looking for the WC. Wake up team Braves and win this series.

Rowsdower

August 15th, 2011
4:13 am

Danny, you carried this team for a month. Thank you sir. Do your thing the rest of the year and we’ll be where we want to be. A chance to win it all. This lineup is tailor made for you to beast. DO WORK SON!

Johnny on 9th Street

August 15th, 2011
5:53 am

Uggla served crow for 33 games. He leads the team in RBI’s and HR’s…………That is all that matters. Need others to take charge after losing to the inept Cubs 2 of 3

Don

August 15th, 2011
6:20 am

Fredi makes bone head moves and just may end up keeping Braves out of playoffs. I see why the Marlins let him go

Tony

August 15th, 2011
6:28 am

Thanks Ball’s N All…the Braves’ brain-trust is pitching the guys around 100 pitches in part to keep them rested, and two, to allow the bullpen some work. The 100 pitch count is usually when the “yellow light” comes on for pitching coaches. But as I said earlier, every now and again, when a guy is pitching as good as Brandon was yesterday, let him pitch. If he screws up, he will learn from his mistakes. The guy is a very good, young pitcher, quiet as its kept. And if Fredi wants to experiment, he should take Vizcaino or Martinez, or both and insert them into the rotation. Lowe is done (unless the Braves get a 5-run lead when he starts). But to Fredi’s credit, the difference in this team over all of the others is what I have been screaming for, and that is the acquisition and the use of SPEED. Without Bourn and the hard work of Constanza, the Braves would be second or third in the wildcard race, seriously. Let’s go Braves!

Jesse Stone

August 15th, 2011
7:52 am

Doesn’t take much for the chicken Littles to come out again. “I see why the Marlins let him go.” And how did hid replacement do? The Marlins are a joke. I can’t wait to see how the Logan Morrison issue plays out.
I heard it went something like this: The Marlins had an autograph signing and Morrison signed longer than the allotted time. he went in to get dressed for the game. Marlins officials came and asked him to come back out for pictures. Morrison, who was peeved at the team for not sufficiently promoting his charity bowling event, asked his player rep Wes Helms (who wasreleased the same day Morrison was demoted) if he was obligated to do the photo op. Helms said he was not. Later that same day, neither Helms nor Morrisin is on the major league club.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ & Shrimp Co

August 15th, 2011
8:20 am

braves need to start a winning streak. even 3 games would be .

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ & Shrimp Co

August 15th, 2011
8:21 am

big or nice. just win 2 in a row.

urban redneck

August 15th, 2011
8:30 am

congrats to uggly. it was a sweet run. i haven’t been glued to games like this since last year’s postseason.

braves didn’t lose yesterday–freddi gonzalez lost that game. linebrink in that situation? seriously?

Von Trapp

August 15th, 2011
8:45 am

Das Uggla has set the best hitting streak for all of das Atlanta Braves organization. No von can touch dat…Der Uggla led us over das Rhine and now to das playoffs

D man

August 15th, 2011
9:14 am

Great job Dan.

Too many Braves are getting injured yet we are still doing pretty good. Just shows how deep our team is.

Dr. Phil

August 15th, 2011
9:16 am

No lead is safe with this team. We revert to AA ball after six innings.

PMC

August 15th, 2011
9:22 am

Kind of like Chipper hitting 6th. In the last several years the 5 and 6 spots always seem to be up with guys in scoring position. I want Chipper up in those situations.

vesaversa

August 15th, 2011
9:23 am

The Braves should be more concern with winning games than individual stats .

extremus

August 15th, 2011
9:34 am

That was a great and fun-to-watch run by Uggla; hopefully he’ll be able to keep that sense of general momentum going the rest of the way. As hard as I and many others criticized the guy in the early months of the season, looking back I do remember that indeed he did always bust his butt to first base on every ground ball. That’s very admirable when you consider how hard it would be to stay positive in what seemed an unending, miserable situation and speaks highly for Uggla’s character.

There is no doubt that in Brian McCann’s absence Dan Uggla has at times carried this team (acknowledgements also go to the speed of Bourn and Constanza for changing the face of the Braves’ offense). He has been even hotter the past month than Troy Glaus was for that month of the season last year, and that’s saying something. Hopefully he’ll be able to keep rolling and not slide back into a decline as Glaus did afterward, though.

My feeling is that Dan Uggla will be fine, and for the first time since the Braves signed him, I can honestly say I’m very glad they did.

coach13

August 15th, 2011
9:36 am

iTiSi- O’flaherty had given up 6 ER all season until yesterday and you want to get rid of him because of one bad outing???? Yeah let’s get rid of the guy that after a bad outing raised his ERA all the way to 1.33!!!!

cdog

August 15th, 2011
10:03 am

derek lowe is terrible. he’s a loser.gonzlez is going to cost the braves a post season spot if he continues to pitch him. he has lost it and the bad thing about it, he doesn’t care.also, it’s still the same old problem. the umpires will not give the braves pitchers the corner.they set up the braves pitchers so they can lay it down the middle.thats what happened sunday vs the lowly cubs who should not have been on the same field with the braves.sit lowe down and make sure chipper jones suck it up and push himself and the braves should go far but lowe is not to be trusted any more.he’s a loser and doesn’t care.he thinks its all about him instead of the team.

Stoned Mountain

August 15th, 2011
10:12 am

I like your take, DOB. It’s not that Uggla’s streak ended — it is that he entertained us and rejuvenated his team mates. So wonderful to see them standing and applauding.

It also underlined how great Dimag was, to hit in 56 games. And for me, a genuine oldtimer, it brought back memories of Kenny Keltner, the hometown Indians third baseman who stopped Dimag’s streak on a fine play. Kenny got booed all around the league, but it was a fine Indians moment.

Upward and onward.

e.

Braves Fan

August 15th, 2011
10:31 am

18 K’s by the Braves yesterday with no walks. Does anybody know what the Braves record is for K’s in one game?

henry from TN

August 15th, 2011
10:47 am

o-flarity has been the best 7th inning pitcher in the game and he makes one mistake and he is ranked down with linbrink and sherril no one is perfect give the man a break—i predict the braves will be lucky to win one out of three from the giants if they keep playing the way they have the last couple of games….

Mike

August 15th, 2011
10:48 am

OK..so it was fun while it lasted. I’m more upset we lost the series.

The following seven games, 4 with SF and 3 with ARI, can prove to be ‘make-or-break’ this year. Looks like we’ll finally get our first team on the field today with our most consistent pitcher on the mound.

First team means Heyward and not Jose or Georgie or Constanza or whoever.

henry from TN

August 15th, 2011
11:09 am

fredi is damned if he does and damned if he don’t i think the man is doing pretty good job he brought in his most rested pitcher in linbrink the cubbies have scored about as many runs as the braves it’s been their pitching in a pretty good division….

wrong doing

August 15th, 2011
11:47 am

Gonzalez and McCann lost this game. 1st Linebrink was getting hit hard and up comes a lefty with the bases loaded and what does Fredi do. He has Sherril in the pen warmed up and he instead lets Linebrink pitch to the lefty. This idiotic move cost the Braves 2 runs. You then ask how McCann helped in the loss. Well 2 wild pitches later he allows a run to score . One of the wild pitches should have been a passed ball and the other should have been blocked. He’s average at best defensively. This was a gift wrapped game the Cubs were trying to give us with all their errors and we just gave it back. Gonzalez is worse than Cox when it comes to handling pitchers and he was bad.

O'flarity's water bottle

August 15th, 2011
12:02 pm

Boy does liebrink suck..

reckingball

August 15th, 2011
12:03 pm

The Braves will sweep the giants.

Brave New World

August 15th, 2011
12:17 pm

Congratulations Dan! You are such a team player, that the loss probably hurt worse than the end of the hitting streak. Here’s to you starting another streak! GO DAN! GO BRAVES!

jim

August 15th, 2011
12:36 pm

Why did Fredi leave Linebrink in to pitch to Colvin?
If Fred brings in Sherril the Cubs will pinch hit Reed Johnson (~390 average in part time duty and) Sherrill will have to get two outs against two righthand hitters. Not a pleasant prspect.

One can question the decision to bring in Linebrink when he did, or not going to Vizcaino sooner, but Linebrink is the experienced reliever whose job it was to get two outs against 2 RH batters. In the end, it was Linebrink, who failed in the situation he was signed to face, who lost yeaterday/s game, not Fredi’s management.

jim

August 15th, 2011
12:40 pm

Henry from TN

You are right. When you look at the Cubs lineup and their averages, they are not an easy team to pitch against.

bravesgrl4life

August 15th, 2011
12:57 pm

Congratulations to Dan Uggla on the amazing streak – go get ‘em Danny, starting the streak again tonight!

It was a sad day yesterday in that we did let them win after they had 4, count them, 4 errors. I wish Mac had had a better return debut :(

I liked the tweet that DanUgglasArms on twitter posted during the game yesterday: “Note to Self – Kill Barney”. Posted that two or three times.

the truth...

August 15th, 2011
1:01 pm

Someboy mentioned “bone head plays”…..

I thought rushing McCann back was not a wise thing. We were pretty much fine with Rossie an Boscan and I did not want to rush Brian. He is too valuable to rush.

When those two balls went to the backstop when Visqaino was pitching I immediately thought that if Ross had been behind the plate things might have been different, especially with Brian just coming back from the injury.

He didn’t look good at the plate either, so as it turned out there was no offensive advantage either.

I’m thinking Fredi and staff should have been more conservative with him on returning him to play with only one rehab behind the plate.

Don’t blame Brian….this one’s on Fredi.

J Hey's better

August 15th, 2011
1:06 pm

We need to do something tonight period. This Giants team does not hit well and we now have the ability to put pressure on pitchers with Bourn and Costanza this series is a good tool to gauge the club.

BoatDoc

August 15th, 2011
1:12 pm

Dan Uggla should win NL Comeback Player of the Year. The criteria from the MLB press release: “This exciting new MLB-sanctioned award, which will be presented annually to one player each from the American and National Leagues, will recognize those players who have re-emerged on the baseball field during a given season.”

If ANYONE has “re-emerged on the baseball field during a given season” THIS season, it would be Dan Uggla.

Anyone else with thoughts on the subject?

Damon Dingle Barryhill

August 15th, 2011
2:53 pm

How long has Chipper needed to hit down in the order? Kudos to Freddy for making the move. Chipepr can still drive in runs with the best of ‘em, but he’s more of a 5/6 hitter at this point in his career. Nice BALLS Freddy. #6 would bat him third until he decides to call it a career.

snes

August 15th, 2011
3:13 pm

The think I fault Freddi for is putting Linebrink in that situation against some guys that have done so well against him in the past Byrd was 3 for 7 and Soriano was 3 for 6 before they got hits off of Linebrink yesterday. First day back from the DL and he has to face two guys that hit around 500 against him in a critical situation

snes

August 15th, 2011
3:16 pm

Ugh…I apologize for that first part, it should be “I fault Freddi for putting…” changed what I was typing but didn’t erase the old stuff

snes

August 15th, 2011
3:21 pm

I agree with The Truth… too. I was surprised to see McCann in the game Sunday I thought he wasn’t coming back up until Monday or Tuesday. Nervous to see teams try to steal second because I don’t want to see him hurt himself throwing aggressively to second. Did it seem like McCann was throwing differently yesterday to anyone else?

Troy Landry

August 15th, 2011
3:57 pm

Dem Brabes ain catchin dem Phils. Dey ain got da talent fo dat!

Bob the Blogger

August 15th, 2011
4:20 pm

Regardless of the batting order, this team should be scoring plenty of runs. They now have a great balance of speed and power, and the whole lineup can hit.

StevoDeg

August 15th, 2011
8:01 pm

@Tony (9:54), you score runs in baseball, not points

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