A man hitting .224 sent a Carlos Zambrano pitch over the fence in left-center, and with that swing, his first of the festive night, the .224 hitter passed Rico Carty to annex the record for hitting in consecutive games by an Atlanta Brave.

It was another in a series of Bobby Cox testimonials at the ballyard - on this night his No. 6 was retired in a pregame ceremony - and Dan Uggla gave us no cause to linger in suspense. First at-bat, second pitch, ball over the wall, streak extended to 32 games. (That the pitcher was Chicago's Zambrano only figured. Last year the not-so-big Z yielded Jason Heyward's Opening Day homer.)

And here we pause to note with equal parts wonder and disbelief: The record-setting hit enabled Uggla to push his batting average to .226.

When Rico Carty hit in 31 straight in 1970, his batting average on the night his streak ended was .421.

There have been longer hitting streaks in the history of this sport, though not many. There has been none so improbable. Dan Uggla was hitting .173 on the Fourth of July. He hasn't gone hitless since. All those outs he was making in April and May and June - and he made a lot of outs - have been turned into soaring homers and infield singles and everything in between.

He's as hot as he was cold, and he spent more than half a season being Mr. Freeze. Now he's the hottest male this side of Brad Pitt. It goes to show … well, something surely. But what?