CHICAGO – Dan Uggla’s tumultuous season like no other continued in surge mode Monday when he hit the 30-homer plateau for the fifth consecutive season, doing it with a towering shot over the left-field bleachers and out of Wrigley Field.
His 30th homer was a solo shot onto Waveland Avenue that helped the Braves beat the Cubs 3-0 and put more distance between Uggla and all other power-hitting second basemen.
Uggla has hit 30 or more homers in five consecutive seasons, while no other player at his position in major league history ever had more than three 30-homer seasons, consecutively or otherwise.
This is the same guy who hit a majors-worst .173 through July 4. Since then, Uggla had a .348 average in 42 games before Tuesday, with 18 homers and 37 RBIs.
“It’s the fastest I’ve ever gotten to 30,” said Uggla, who had 15 homers and 31 RBIs in his past 32 games before Tuesday and led the majors with 10 homers in August. “But I’ve been saying all year long, that’s why you play the