The 23-year-old had been battling through a mini slump, but a trip to hitter-friendly Miller Park was just what the doctor ordered.
The Philadelphia Phillies can match a season high with their third straight victory when they visit the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.
Herrera had three hits, including a two-run homer during a three-run ninth, and Maikel Franco also homered in the Phillies’ 10-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.
Franco hit his third home run of the series in the fourth inning off Chase Anderson, accounting for three of the four RBIs.
First off, pat on the back to those who stayed with the Brewers for all four-plus hours of this game. He allowed three runs including a two-run homer to Odubel Herrera, who then uncorked a mighty bat flip. He already has 17 after accruing 28 in 147 games as a rookie.
“If you’re going to win games, your starters have to pitch”, Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. Over their past 10 games, Milwaukee’s offense has been playing lights out, averaging 0.0 runs per game, well over their season average of 0.0. The Phillies have produced 20 runs in their last three games and are 4-1 this season when scoring more than three runs.
Milwaukee starter Zach Davies (0-2), who also struggled in his previous start on Sunday, giving up five earned runs in 2 1/3 innings, had another rough outing, surrendering four runs and nine hits over six innings. The rally in the eighth was fueled by a home run from Brewers first baseman Chris Carter, but it was stopped short of tying the game. The Pirates cut the gap to 5-4 later in the inning on back-to-back doubles by David Freese and Starling Marte with two outs. He’s going to go out there, he’s going to compete. They have been extremely effective at striking opposing batters out, leading the NL with 6.2 strikeouts per game. “He’s got No. 1 kind of stuff, and he’s shown it”.
Starting pitcher Charlie Morton injured his left hamstring running out a bunt in the second inning and had to leave the game (see story). He threw to second for the first out, and as Morton ran toward first, he stumbled and fell well short of the base.
“Each start, I’ve been feeling better and better”. “That was the first time I’ve done that”, Franco said. “It’s not easy when you’re struggling, but you have to keep making pitches”. The series wraps up Sunday afternoon with Milwaukee RHP Wily Peralta (0-3, 8.35 ERA) facing Phillies RHP Jerad Eickhoff (1-2, 1.89).