Dan Uggla delivered a two-run single to center field in the first inning of Wednesday’s game against the Marlins, extending his hitting streak to 31 games.
He’s matched Rico Carty’s Atlanta Braves record by making it to 31, and he’s overtaken Andre Ethier’s 30-gamer for the longest streak in the majors this season.
Uggla had exactly one hit in each of his previous three games, so he had finished each of the last four games with a batting average right at .220. The single tonight temporarily moved him up to .221.
Uggla has driven in 29 runs during the streak.
7:50 p.m. EDT update: Uggla had a second single as part of the Braves’ three-run second inning, raising his average to .223. It’s his first multihit game in four days. For the moment, his average is an even 50 points higher than it was when the streak started. His last 0-for-3 on July 4 left him at .173.
10:19 p.m. EDT update: Uggla added another single in the top of the ninth to finish 3-for-5 in the Braves’ 6-2 victory. His average jumped from .220 to .224 with the performance. It’s the highest he’s been at any point this season.
Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal reports that Mets second baseman Neil Walker is expected to undergo season-ending surgery to fix a herniated disk in his lower back. Walker has avoided the disabled list but hasn’t played since last Saturday and has only two starts since August 22.
If Walker does indeed go under the knife, he’ll end his first season with the Mets with a terrific .282/.347/.476 triple-slash line with 23 home runs and 55 RBI in 458 plate appearances. While the Mets couldn’t have foreseen Daniel Murphy having such a terrific season, Walker was more than adequate in Murphy’s shoes at second base.
Kelly Johnson and Wilmer Flores have handled second base in Walker’s absence and will continue to do so through the remainder of the season.
Rockies 1B/OF Stephen Cardullo celebrated his 29th birthday on Wednesday, so the rookie decided to celebrate by homering in both games of his team’s doubleheader at home against the Dodgers.
In the first game, Cardullo pinch-hit for Chris Rusin in the seventh inning and drilled a solo home run off of Casey Fien. In the second game, Cardullo smacked a grand slam to left-center field off of Bud Norris in the first inning.
Cardullo made his major league debut this past Friday. He was hitless in his first five at-bats before singling as a pinch-hitter on Monday.