Hot-hitting Uggla scuffles in return to two-hole

Hot-hitting Uggla scuffles in return to two-hole

SAN FRANCISCO -- When the Braves opted to move Dan Uggla into the second spot of their lineup for the first two games of a series in Detroit, the veteran second baseman was still a week away from breaking out of his offensive funk.

After providing some encouraging signs over the past week, the Braves opted to put him back in the lineup's second spot for Saturday's game against the Giants. But the results proved to be quite similar as he struck out in each of his four at-bats and is now 0-for-11 with 10 strikeouts while in the two-hole this year.

Uggla entered Saturday having hit .346 (9-for-26) with two home runs and a .452 on-base percentage in his previous seven games. In the process, his batting average rose from .167 to .207.

"It's good when you start seeing him drive the ball to right-center field and start seeing him make consistent contact," Braves bench coach Carlos Tosca said before Saturday's game. "His posture looks a lot better at the plate. It's been a lot of fun to see what he has done the last week to 10 days."

The second spot in the lineup is not exactly foreign to Uggla, who primarily batted in that spot during his first two full Major League seasons. The lineup's fifth spot is the only one where he has tallied more at-bats during his career.

Mark Bowman is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.