Uggla ties D-Lee
With two swings of the bat on Friday night, Dan Uggla gained a piece of Marlins history.
Batting cleanup with Jorge Cantu getting the night off, Uggla connected on two home runs off Mets lefty Oliver Perez.
Now with 129 for his career, Uggla tied Derrek Lee for third place all-time in Marlins history.
The Marlins went on to win, 7-2, and Uggla finished with four RBIs.
Prior to Friday, Uggla had never homered from the cleanup spot. Not that he had a lot of opportunity there. He entered the game with 11 at-bats while hitting fourth. Now, he has two homers in the prime power spot. The two-time All-Star second baseman has hit primarily fifth all season.
Uggla has 61 career homers while batting No. 2, where he hit first few seasons. In his first two years, Uggla primary batted between Hanley Ramirez, who led off back then, and Miguel Cabrera.
The past few years he has batted mostly in the fifth spot, where he has 42 career homers.
Friday marked the 10th time in his career that Uggla has hit two homers in the game. He last did it on June 20, 2008 at Oakland.
Marlins All-Time HR leaders:
Mike Lowell 143
Miguel Cabrera 138
Dan Uggla 129
Derrek Lee 129
Jeff Conine 120
– Joe Frisaro
(Photo courtesy of Kelly Gavin/Florida Marlins)