Braves second baseman Dan Uggla’s 33-game hitting streak, the longest in the majors in five years, ended when he was 0-for-3 in Sunday’s 6-5 loss to the Cubs in Atlanta.
His best chance to extend the streak came in the fifth. Second baseman Darwin Barney made a diving catch of Uggla’s fly ball in shallow right field. Barney was fully extended when he made the catch in front of right fielder Tyler Colvin.
“I wasn’t even looking at him,” said Uggla of Barney. “I was looking at Colvin and I was like ‘Oh, it’s going to drop in front of him.’ And the next thing you know Barney comes flying through.”
Barney said the catch was more important because of Uggla’s streak.
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“Because of the circumstances and all that, I’m pretty happy about it,” Barney said.
“It was a good streak for him. He’s a great player. But I think our pitchers are happy. They take a lot of pride in that, and I’m happy for them.”
Uggla grounded out to shortstop against Jeff Samardzija in the seventh in his final at-bat. He didn’t come up in the ninth, when Carlos Marmol earned his 28th save.
“The streak is one thing. I’m more disappointed in the loss,” Uggla said. “It was a fun run but all things have got to come to an end sometime. I had fun with it. We had a nice, little roll as a team and we’re looking to get back on track tomorrow.”
Uggla’s streak was the longest in the majors since 2006, when Philadelphia’s Chase Utley had a 35-game streak. Philadelphia’s Jimmy Rollins had a 38-game streak that began in 2005 and carried through the start of 2006.
Uggla was hitting .173 when he started the streak on July 5. He has raised his average to .231.
Uggla had 15 homers and 32 RBI in the streak.
A TWO-RUN SHOT!
The San Francisco Giants’ record streak of solo home runs is over.
Cody Ross hit a two-run homer for the Giants in the third inning at Florida, ending a streak of 21 consecutive solo home runs. The streak set a major-league record.
Giants left-hander Barry Zito sprained his right ankle during a rehabilitation start for Triple-A Fresno and will be sidelined indefinitely. … Arizona right-hander Jason Marquis broke his right shinbone after getting hit by a line drive against the Mets. … Reds left-hander Dontrelle Willis left a game against the Padres in the third inning because of a sore forearm. … Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez got 13 at-bats in a simulated game and did situational work in the field. A-Rod said the plan was for him to have today off and then play in a game Tuesday at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. … The Tigers placed second baseman Carlos Guillen on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left wrist. … Cardinals starter Edwin Jackson left in the sixth inning against Colorado because of an apparent right hamstring injury. … Rockies third base coach Rich Dauer was taken to a St. Louis emergency room after getting struck on the bridge of his nose by a throw ball during batting practice.