Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles in Saturday's 7-4 loss to the Pirates. Hernandez broke a 1-1 tie with a run-scoring single that plated Freddy Galvis in the second, and then drove in Cody Asche in the fifth to snap a 2-2 deadlock. The 26-year-old now has eight multi-hit outings in July, and is hitting .313 in what could shape up as his most successful month of the season to date.
Hernandez is out of Saturday's lineup, MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports. He hasn't had a day off since June 25, and he has notched three steals in his last 11 games. Andres Blanco will get the start at the keystone Saturday, hitting sixth against the Mets.
Hernandez will make a seventh straight start at second base Sunday against the Royals, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports. Hernandez appeared to have lost his hold on the starting second base job to Andres Blanco in the second half of June, but a recent resurgence seems to have solidified his standing on the depth chart. He's gone 16-for-32 with six runs and three RBI since June 23.
Hernandez is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The 26-year-old turned in a four-hit game earlier this week but has struggled throughout the season and his opportunities have dwindled as a result. Saturday's absence marks his fifth in the team's last eight games. Hernandez's walk rate is down 2.5 percent from last year, resulting in a 37-point drop in on-base percentage.
Hernandez went 4-for-4 with a triple, three runs scored and a walk in a 7-3 win over the Twins on Thursday. Hernandez wasn't in the original starting lineup, but Tommy Joseph was scratched which moved Andres Blanco to first base, opening up second for Hernandez. Blanco has been getting more playing time at second base of late, so Hernandez needed a strong performance to get back into the mix.
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