Maybe this was the game that will get Odubel Herrera going. "Hopefully it's going to start something good," the Phillies centerfielder said after hitting the ball hard several times in a 5-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Saturday (see game story). Herrera doubled twice and smoked a long fly ball out to center field. He did not play Friday night — the Phillies' first game in June — after hitting .183 (20 for 109) with a .190 on-base percentage and a .257 slugging percentage in May. The Phillies tied Saturday's game at 1-1 on a homer by Tommy Joseph in the sixth. They took the lead on a hit by Freddy Galvis in the seventh and tagged on three more on a booming bases-loaded double by Herrera. The three RBIs matched Herrera's total from his previous 23 games. "I keep making adjustments," said Herrera, who is still looking for consistency. What Herrera is not looking for is a way to punctuate occasions of good contact at the plate. His big-air bat flip is in mid-season form. The hang time would make Ray Guy proud. (Kids, look him up.) Herrera flipped his bat on a long fly out in the first inning. He did it again — emphatically — on his three-run double to center in the seventh.
Odubel Herrera willing to risk getting drilled (and maybe injured) to continue flipping his bat
CSN Philly | Jun 4