Uggla Braves Cubs

August 14, 2011 by staff 

Uggla Braves CubsUggla Braves Cubs, Dan Uggla was in charge again to extend his streak to start the game. This time, it was enough to provoke a new victory for Atlanta.

The last entry in the unlikely run Uggla was not enough Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney four hits to help the Cubs beat the Braves 8-4 on Saturday night.

Uggla singled in the first inning and a homer in the fourth off Randy Wells (4-4) to extend his streak to 33 games.

“There seems to be fazing at all,” said Braves receiver David Ross. “I’d be a nervous wreck.”

Large ‘longest streak this season began on July 5 when Uggla was batting .173. The longest streak in the history of the Atlanta Braves has high average of .232 Uggla.

“You look over the 33 days, you get the infield, which is to get the ball, he has done everything,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. “He’s swinging the bat well now. I’m happy for him.”

Uggla has been waiting until late in the game to break the tension has been building in the Braves clubhouse.

“No complaining out of the way in the first inning, either,” said Uggla. “I think it takes a bit of edge.

“I am very happy to take the field every day. I’m excited to compete. … My intention is not to try to continue the streak. My focus is on winning.”

Castro Wells had two RBIs and two runs and eight hits in five innings for the Cubs, who have won 10 of 13.

Derek Lowe (7-11) allowed five runs on 10 hits in six innings. He allowed three hits, including two-run Carlos Pena’s double that gave Chicago a 3-1 lead in the fifth.

Pena hit a desired Lowe was able to recover. He kicked the ground in the first-base line in disgust when you leave the field at the end of the entry.

Lowe said the plan was not to take a step penalty to hit.

“We had saved up to that point,” said Lowe. “We should have made another (pitch) election.”

James Russell walked Uggla to load the bases with one out in the ninth after giving up singles to Martin Prado and Freddie Freeman.

Cub’s manager Mike Quade brought closer Carlos Marmol, who gave a long fly to Chipper Jones to drive in the Prado before finishing the game when Alex Gonzalez hit a fly to Castro at shortstop. Marmol got his rescue 27.

The Cubs won after general manager Jim Hendry announced the team placed right-hander Carlos Zambrano on the disqualified list. Zambrano will not be paid and have no part in team activities for 30 days.

Zambrano cleared his locker and left the team after giving five homers and expelled on Friday night 10-4 loss to the Braves. He did not return until Saturday the team.

Quade said he was not surprised when his team responded to the controversy with a win.

“You know what, I’m never surprised by these guys,” said Quade. “They just come to the park and play.

“They go about their business. And that’s a good thing. No distractions. Let’s play”.

The Cubs added two runs in the sixth. Tyler Colvin led off with a triple to center. Michael Bourn Atlanta had a long journey at the top of his glove before losing the ball when it hit the wall.

Colvin scored on Geovany Soto grounder to third. Chipper Jones threw high to the plate and was initially charged with an error. After the game, Soto was awarded an RBI when the error was changed to a shot of a fielder’s choice. Soto scored on a single by Castro.

A fielding miscue left fielder Martin Prado damage to the Braves in the eighth. After Alfonso Soriano led off with an infield hit, Colvin hit a liner that bounced off the glove of charging Prado for an error, allowing pinch runner Tony Campana to advance to third.

Right-hander Cristhian Martinez sent to pinch-hitter Blake DeWitt wheeled and threw to the plate, but Bell slid under the tag of Ross. Pablo Castro and added RBI single.

A pitch beat Uggla before scoring on a single by Alex Gonzalez in the sixth. Jones, who had three hits, doubled and scored on a grounder by Jose Constanza in the eighth.

Rico Carty hit in 31 straight games in 1970 for the previous record of Atlanta. Tommy Holmes has the franchise record with 37 as a member of the Boston Braves in 1945.

Uggla leads the Braves, and is one of the National League lead with 27 homers, including 12 in 27 games since the All-Stars.

According to STATS LLC, Uggla’s homer was his success streak of 49 in 33 games. He had 55 hits in his first 86 games of 2011.

NOTES: The Braves had a video tribute before the game for radio and television broadcaster Ernie Johnson’s former Sr., who died Friday night at the age of 87. Johnson was involved with the team of more than 50 years as a player, executive and announcer. … A collection of players from the Braves ’1991 NL championship was a tie 7-7 in a softball game against the Braves’ former players from other years. John Smoltz hit a two-run homer and made a shoulder catch in center field for the team of 1991, which was managed by Bobby Cox. Many of the players attended the ceremony on Friday night to withdraw from Cox No. 6. … Braves rookie Brandon Beachy try for his sixth victory against Matt Garza in Chicago in the game of Sunday’s final of the series. Garza will be making his first game against Atlanta, and Beachy make his first start against the Cubs. … Braves C Brian McCann hopes to return from a strained left oblique injury Sunday. He played his second rehab with Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday. … Castro matched his career high with four hits.

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