You want a small sample size? I’ve got your small sample size right here. Dan Uggla is now hitting .333/.379/.815 in May. Two possible conclusions:
(1) Dan Uggla is back, baby!
(2) Frank Wren should get on the phone right now and trade him to the Dodgers.
I try to be optimistic, so I’m going to go with (1) for now. Uggla hit two solo homers, Juan Francisco iced the game with a grand slam, and the Braves got out of Great American Ballpark winning two out of three.
Atlanta won this one starting Mike Minor and an empty-the-bench lineup in which Brian McCann, Chris Johnson, and both Uptons all got (most of) the day off. Minor was great, pitching seven innings of seven-baserunner, one-run ball. He got a defensive boost from Evan Gattis, who, from left field in the second inning, hosed Brandon Phillips on an attempt to score tagging up from third. Gattis also barely missed a home run in the fourth, but Uggla followed him with a solo shot of his own and the Braves Homer Parade was on.
Uggla hit another in the sixth. Juan took the guy he was traded for, J.J. Hoover, deep in the eighth, after the Braves chased Mike Leake and Sean Marshall earlier in the inning with three singles, a walk, and a fielder’s choice groundout prior to Juan’s at- bat. From there, Anthony Varvaro got to give the rest of the bullpen the day off, as there are flights to catch.
The Braves fly out to San Francisco for four in Pac Bell followed by three in Arizona. That will conclude the “On The Road All The Damn Time” section of the schedule (seriously, 26 of 34 games on the road, wtf), and there will be home games again, by like mid-next-week.
Atlanta hitters struck out seven times, which continues not to matter, really. Batting in the 1-2 spots in the order, Jordan Schafer had a three-hit game and Andrelton Simmons a four-hit game. There was a game last night too, but this one was more fun to recap, so we’re skipping that one.