Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla swung at the first pitch he saw in the first inning of Wednesday's game against the Florida Marlins, and he lined it into center field for a two-run single, extending his hitting streak to 31 games. Uggla tied Rico Carty for the longest streak in Atlanta Braves history, and it also tied him for the 25th-longest streak in major-league history.
Again, that's Dan Uggla, career .258 hitter, who was hitting .185 a month ago today. Just making sure you were paying attention.
Uggla continued his amazing stretch off of Marlins pitcher Anibal Sanchez, jumping on a first-pitch fastball with runners on second and third. While two of his hits in the past week have been infield dribblers, this one was absolutely pounded.
To give some idea of the rarity of a 31-game hitting streak, Uggla's next hit will give him the 23rd-longest streak of all-time, and two more hits will tie him for 19th-longest ever. He's entering some exclusive company -- not bad for someone who was struggling to stay above the Mendoza Line earlier this month.