B.J. Upton's 1,000th hit came off Reds pitcher Mike Leake, who knocked down but couldn't cleanly field the Braves outfielder's up-the-middle connection.
ATLANTA — Braves outfielder B.J. Upton reached a significant milestone on Saturday night, notching the 1,000th hit of his 10-year MLB career.
Upton, whose batting average has jumped 87 points (heading into Saturday), collected the base hit in the first inning — an up-the-middle ball that deflected off the glove of Reds pitcher Mike Leake before eluding the other Cincy defenders.
The 29-year-old Upton was a teenager when he earned his first major league hit on Aug. 2, 2004 — which also served as his MLB debut.
The landmark hit coincides with Upton’s decision to wear glasses for the first time in the bigs.
Against the Reds, Upton also tallied the 579th run of his career, scoring on Freddie Freeman’s two-run homer in the first inning (off Leake).