Dan Uggla wastes no time in extending hitting streak to 31 games

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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.

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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.

Joe Maddon: “I have a defensive foot fetish.”

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The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.

Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.

Well then.

The Nationals have scored 62 runs during four Joe Ross starts

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If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.

Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.

Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.

Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.