After losing on Tuesday, the Braves figured it was time for a little payback. They got it to the tune of 12-6 against the Phillies as the slumping Dan Uggla hit a three run double that may just shake of the slump-monkey on his back.
Uggla’s heroics might not have been necessary, except that pitcher Tim Hudson managed to blow a five run lead, the lion’s share coming off of a three run homer by Ryan Howard in the sixth inning. “It’s been just a constant grind for me,” Uggla told ESPN earlier tonight. Uggla entered the game hitting an anemic .136 since June 6. “I’ve been struggling way too long and my teammates have picked me up.”
In 4 1/3 innings, Hudson gave up six runs and six hits. “In the fifth, I don’t think I made a good pitch the whole inning,” Hudson said. “I was spotting everything the first four innings. I felt good. I thought I would be going seven or eight.”
Despite Uggla’s paltry batting average, he has been coming on strong lately, chalking up 11 hits and 11 RBIs in the last 10 games. Not bad for the National League’s starting second baseman in the All-Star game.
The Braves are 64-47 and are four games back of the first place Washington Nationals.