Braves Vs. Cubs: Bobby Cox Ceremony, Dan Uggla's Hitting Streak And More

The Braves will welcome the Cubs to town for a huge series in Atlanta. Will they be able to handle the lovable losers from Chicago?

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Braves vs. Cubs: Atlanta Loses Series, Uggla's Hitting Streak Ends

Sunday was not a good day at Turner Field. The Braves blew leads of both 4-0 and 5-4, Dan Uggla's hitting streak ended and the team went 3-for-12 with runners-in-scoring-position.

The Braves took an early 4-0 lead but that was undone by a bit of bad luck and a bit of terrible pitching from Scott Linebrink. The Cubs hit five singles in the inning, all of which just barely found a hole, and made four outs as well after Brian McCann missed a strike three pitch and allowed it go roll to the wall.

Atlanta took a 5-4 lead in the sixth on a throwing error from John Grabow, but Carlos Pena followed in the seventh with a monster 2-run homer off Eric O'Flaherty. It was the first home run O'Flaherty has given up to a left-handed batter this season.

Michael Bourn walked with two outs in the ninth and stole second base, but Carlos Marmol got Martin Prado to pop out in foul territory to end the game.

Atlanta should have won the game and the series, but they didn't. Questionable bullpen management and failing with runners-in-scoring-position was their ultimate downfall. 

The Braves now have a four game lead over the San Francisco Giants in the wild card race. They fall to nine back of the Phillies in the NL East. Those Giants will visit Turner Field for a four-game series starting monday evening. Tim Hudson vs. Madison Bumgarner in what figures to be a huge series for both teams.


Dan Uggla's Hitting Streak Ends At 33 Games

Dan Uggla may have set the all-time record for the Atlanta Braves hit streak, but it ended on Sunday afternoon after going 0-for-3 with a sacrifice fly.

With runners on first and third and one out in the first, Uggla hit a shallow fly ball to left field. Alfonso Soriano made a running catch to record the out, but the run scored from third. Uggla's second at-bat resulted in a high fastball being popped up on the infield and it was squeezed by first baseman Carlos Pena.

The heartbreaker came in the third at-bat. Uggla hit a bloop to right field that the wind got a hold of. With the ball carrying farther and farther away from both of the Cubs defenders, second baseman Darwin Barney made an incredible diving catch to rob Uggla of a 34-game hitting streak.

The fourth at-bat came and went without incident as the second baseman grounded a ball weakly to Starlin Castro before being thrown out at first base.

The Braves had a glimmer of hope in the ninth inning with the team trailing 6-5, but Martin Prado popped out in foul territory with Uggla stuck in the hole. 

Congratulations on the streak, Dan. It was pretty incredible.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta for an article in the coming days on just how special the hitting streak was. 


Cubs Vs. Braves Final Score: Dan Uggla Extends Streak But Atlanta Falls 8-4

Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 33 games but that is where the feel good story ended for the Braves tonight as they went down in defeat 8-4 to the Chicago Cubs. Derek Lowe once again takes the loss for Atlanta after giving up three earned runs over six innings of work. 

Chicago wasted little time putting a run on the board in the first inning against Lowe. Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney led off the game with singles and Aramis Ramirez plated the first run with a sacrifice fly. Lowe then rallied to retire Carlos Pena and Marlon Byrd to escape the inning with no further damage. 

In the Braves' half of the inning, Dan Uggla extended his hitting streak to 33 games with a solid single to center that put runners at the corners before Chipper Jones flied out to end the inning. Then in the fourth, Uggla tied the game with his 27th home run of the season. Chipper Jones followed with a double but was then thrown out at third on an Alex Gonzalez grounder to shortstop. It was the first of a few mental mistakes for Atlanta in the game. David Ross followed with a single that would have likely scored Chipper and Jose Constanza and Lowe grounded out to end the threat. 

Chicago would reclaim the lead in the fifth with three straight two out hits off of Lowe. Darwin Barney and Aramis Ramirez both scored on a Carlos Pena double giving the Cubs a 3-1 lead. 

Lowe ran into some bad luck in the sixth when Tyler Colvin hit a deep drive that Michael Bourn originally caught but couldn't hold onto while crashing into the centerfield wall that was scored a triple. Geovany Soto followed with a ground ball to Chipper at third who overthrew David Ross at home plate with Colvin scoring on the play. After a Randy Wells sacrifice, Starlin Castro singled home Soto extending the Cubs lead to 5-1.

The Braves would get one run back in the sixth as Alex Gonzalez chased Randy Wells from the game with an RBI single that scored Dan Uggla making the score 5-2. Wells was replaced by Jeff Samardzija who retired the next three Atlanta hitters in order. 

Chicago blew the game wide open in the eighth scoring three more times thanks in part to an error in left field by Martin Prado and a couple of more RBI singles from Darwin Barney and Starlin Castro. By the time the inning had ended Atlanta would trail 8-2. 

The Braves plated a single run in the eighth on a Jose Constanza ground out and threatened a big rally in the ninth before Carlos Marmol eventually shut them down. After a couple of one out singles by Martin Prado and Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla walked to load the bases for Chipper Jones who drove Cubs' right fielder Reed Johnson all the way to the warning track. Prado scored on the play and Alex Gonzalez lined out to shortstop to end it. 

Randy Wells evens his record at 4-4 on the season scattering eight hits and two runs over five innings of work. Carlos Marmol records his 27th save of the season. Lowe sees his record drop to 7-11 on the season pitching six innings, allowing 10 hits, and five runs of which three were earned.

Starlin Castro and Darwin Barney combined to go 8 for 10 on the night with three RBI's and two runs scored. Chipper Jones went 3 for 4 for the Braves with two doubles. Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla, and David Ross each had two hits for the Braves. 

Atlanta will turn to Brandon Beachy on Sunday to try and nail down a series win against the Cubs. The first pitch is scheduled for 1:35 p.m.


Braves vs. Cubs Final Score: Dan Uggla Homers Twice, Atlanta Takes 10-3 Victory

I vote the Atlanta Braves have more games like the one they had Friday night. A sell out at Turner Field, lots of home runs and solid pitching always make for a good night in Atlanta.

The Braves belted five home runs -- two from Dan Uggla and one from Chipper Jones, Freddie Freeman and Jose Constanza -- and received a solid start from Mike Minor. The lefty tossed 5.2 innings and allowed just three runs on eight hits and two walks.

Arodys Vizcaino made his home debut and worked two innings. He gave up just one hit and struck out two while tossing 24 pitches. Anthony Varvaro closed out the game and struck out all three batters.

Carlos Zambrano was wild -- both around the plate and on the mound -- and only lasted 4.1 innings. He gave up eight runs on eight hits. Ramon Ortiz, John Grabow and James Russell all worked out of the 'pen for Chicago as they tried to at least keep the score respectable.

Dan Uggla was the story of the night. He went 3-for-3 with two homers, a single, a hit-by-pitch, two RBI and three runs scored. His batting average is up to .229 and he now holds the record for the longest hitting streak by an Atlanta Brave at 32 games.

The Braves will go for the series victory Saturday evening. It'll be Derek Lowe against Randy Wells. First pitch is at 7:10. 


Braves vs. Cubs Update: Atlanta Smashes Five Homers, Carlos Zambrano Ejected

The Atlanta Braves are having a huge night at Turner Field. First came the retirement of Bobby Cox's No. 6, and then came the hitting parade.

Dan Uggla hit a solo-home run in the second inning to break the Atlanta Braves record for a hitting streak at 32-games. Chipper Jones smashed a 3-run homer to center to break the game wide open, and he was followed in the next inning with an opposite-field home run by Jose Constanza. Freddie Freeman hit a deep homer to center field and Dan Uggla came up next to hit back-to-back homers to give Atlanta a commanding 8-1 lead.

Carlos Zambrano had lost control of the game way before the fifth inning, but he lost control of his emotions after the two home runs. He threw back-to-back fastballs right at Chipper Jones before being ejected by Tim Timmons. The Braves briefly left their dugout, but the umpire did a phenomenal job of keeping everyone else out of trouble.


Dan Uggla Sets All-Time Atlanta Record With 32 Game Hitting Streak

Dan Uggla now has the longest hitting streak in Atlanta Braves history -- not Braves history, mind you, but Atlanta Braves history. Tommy Holmes holds the franchise mark at 37.

Can you believe it? The player who was mired in a three month slump now has the longest streak in more than 40 years and did so with a solo-home run in the second inning of Friday night's game against the Chicago Cubs.

Uggla took a high 1-0 fastball and sent it into the first row of seats just to the left of the center field wall. The monster crowd of 45,000+ gave the second baseman a standing ovation as he rounded the bases.

Bobby Cox was in the booth when the streak was extended and the former-manager had nothing but great things to say about Dan. It is quite the honor to receive praise from one of the best managers of all-time.

With the Atlanta record in hand, Uggla now goes for Joe DiMaggio's record of 56-straight games with a hit. The record is 70 years old. No pressure, Dan.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta for complete coverage of Dan Uggla's quest for history.


Bobby Cox's Speech At Number Ceremony: A Quick Transcript

Longtime (looongtime!) Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox saw his No. 6 jersey retired at a Turner Field ceremony Friday night. As dozens of former and current players looked on -- it would be so awkward if current players didn't look on -- Bobby was toasted by Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, John SmoltzChipper Jones and John Schuerholz.

Here's a photo of that number being unveiled:


Never one to put up with attention, except when achieving an ejection from a shortsighted umpire, Cox took the mic just moments before the team's game against the Chicago Cubs and delivered this message:

Thank you, Don. And I want to thank Greg and Tommy and John and Chipper ... And this time I want to sort of honor Fredi Gonzalez and his staff and the way they've played this year. I think they deserve a standing ovation.

You know, having your number retired in baseball is one of the highest honors. I have so many peple to thank that helped me along the way. My family, my wife Pam, our eight children for their love and support.

I want to thank Bill Lucas, the winter of 1977 he and Ted Turner gave a really young guy the chance to manage for the first time in the major leagues. I want to thank Terry McGuirk, John Schuerholz, Frank Wren and Bill Bartholomay for giving the tools to this organziation to make this organization a real winner for a number of years.

I want to thank the trainers and doctors for keeping our players on the field.

I want to thank Bill Acree and his clubhouse staff for making this a home away from home

I want to thank Paul Snyder and his scouting staff and the player development people, that when we got the players here, they were ready to perform Major League-style.

I even want to thank Ed Mangum for making this field the very best in baseball.

I want to thank all the great players and coaches that played for me that made all this possible.

And last, but not least, I want to thank you the fans. You have been so wonderful through everything. This is a day that my family and I will remember forever, and I was fine until they too the curtain off that No. 6. This is one of the greatest days of our lives.

Thank you very much.

For more Braves, head to Talking Chop.


Bobby Cox Ceremony Underway At Turner Field

Tonight is Bobby Cox night in Atlanta. Turner Field is sold out, the field has been groomed -- including a jersey with the No. "6" in front of the Braves dugout -- and hundreds of former players, coaches, and family members are in attendance for the special night.

Don Sutton is the master of ceremonies for the evening. After listing all of Bobby's accomplishments, the legendary manager came onto the field in a silver Corvette to be greeted by the 50,000+ cheering.

A large stage was placed in the middle of the field and he took it as the roars of "BOBBY! BOBBY! BOBBY!" came from the fans. Joining him on stage included legends Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Chipper Jones, Ted Turner, Frank Wren, and many, many others.

Just a few quick quotes, but stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta for a complete transcribe of the ceremony:

Greg Maddux: "When Bobby talked, we listened. We wanted to play for him."

Tom Glaive: "The one thing you would always hear is Bobby is the best. Everyone says it. Whether you're a player on the team, an usher in the stands, or the star player, they would say Bobby is the best."

John Smoltz"Bobby was a mentor, he was a psychologist, he was the guy who knew how to made you tick."

Chipper Jones: "We wish you the very best with your retirement."

Bobby is special person. He is Atlanta Braves baseball. This franchise isn't where it is today without No. 6 at the helm for twenty years.

The unveiling of a large "6" took place after the speeches and the Turner Field crowd cheered as they've never cheered before.


Braves Vs. Cubs: Bobby Cox's Number Retirement Highlights Series Opener

The Braves will welcome the Cubs to town for a huge series in Atlanta. Will they be able to handle the lovable losers from Chicago?


Dan Uggla Ties Atlanta Braves Record With 31 Game Streak

Dan Uggla is now tied with Rico Carty for the longest hitting streak in Atlanta Braves history. With runners on second and third in the first inning, Uggla smashed a first pitch fastball back up the middle to drive in two runs and continue his hitting streak. For a player who had kept it alive with back-to-back games with an infield single, it was good to see our slugging second baseman hit a ball well.

Uggla will have to wait until Friday night to go for the all-time Atlanta record. The team will face the Chicago Cubs at Turner Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:35, though it'll be delayed. It's Bobby Cox Night. Tickets are going fast so if you plan on attending the game you should act quickly.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta for complete coverage of Dan Uggla and his pursuit of the all-time baseball record held by Joe DiMaggio. For more Braves coverage, be sure to check out the folks over at Talking Chop.

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