Uggla ties Atlanta record, extends streak to 31
Slugger matches Carty; records Majors' longest hit string of 2011
MIAMI -- As they were mulling around the clubhouse after Tuesday night's win over the Marlins, Chipper Jones playfully told Dan Uggla that he needed to reduce the stress felt in the dugout by extending his hitting streak during the early innings.
Uggla obliged Wednesday night by extending his hitting streak to 31 games -- the longest recorded in the Major Leagues this season -- with a first-inning RBI single to center off Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez in the Braves' 6-2 win. The single marked the start of his third three-hit performance in a span of nine games.
"They were making me sweat it those last couple games," said Uggla, who had extended his streak both of the previous two nights with fifth-inning infield singles.
Uggla's line-drive single allowed him to match the Atlanta record set when Rico Carty produced his 31-game hitting streak in 1970. The franchise record is the 37-game hitting streak constructed by Tommy Holmes in 1945.
All-time Atlanta hit streaks
"It's crazy," Uggla said. "Is that one of the things I thought of when I first got over here? No obviously not. But it's a cool thing. It's an awesome organization, and to have some kind of record with an organization like this one is really special."
Uggla has batted .355 (44-for-124) with 12 homers and a .685 slugging percentage during this streak, and he has seen his batting average rise from .173 to .224, which stands as his highest mark of the season.
Uggla is one of 46 players in Major League history to record a hitting streak of at least 30 games. Of the previous 45 players, 17 saw their streak end at 30 games.
With the Braves set to enjoy an off-day Thursday, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez jokingly said he might need to find a way to keep Uggla rolling.
"Let's find a game for him to play tomorrow so he can stay hot," Gonzalez said. "We'll send him to Gwinnett or Mobile or [some Minor League affiliate] so he can continue to hit."
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.