Herrera drove in the runs when he doubled off pitcher Jordan Lyles in the sixth inning, which scored Maikel Franco and Chase Utley. The double was his lone hit in four at-bats during the game. He also scored a run and struck out during the game.
Over his last eight games, Herrera has gone 7 for 28 with one home run and three RBI. He is now hitting .264 on the season.
"He's been falling behind [in counts]. He's been swinging and missing a lot of pitches," Sandberg said. "Early on, when he got his pitch, he was hitting it. I think with a little bit simpler approach in the box, hopefully more contact will come."
Herrera is currently hitting .267 with 32 strikeouts in 116 at-bats this season.
"Pitchers are going to adjust to [Herrera] and he needs to make the adjustment also," Sandberg said. "But I think with a little bit shorter mental approach of getting on base and [hitting] hard ground balls and line drives, being a base runner, that would be a big asset for us."
Herrera didn't have a great game at the plate until he went yard as he went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts. Until the home run, Herrera went without a hit in 10 consecutive at-bats. He's now struck out 32 times this year, which includes 10 in the past four games.
"Herrera struggled right up to that at-bat," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "He has a lot of body going forward. He seems to be in between the fastball and breaking pitches. Sometimes getting your first home run out of the way can make a difference."
Herrera is now hitting .267/.298/.379 this season.
Herrera spent most of the first month of the season in one of the top two spots in the lineup, but he was dropped to sixth Tuesday and has hit sixth or seventh in each of his last four games. The Rule 5 pick has yet to pick up an extra-base hit in May while going 5 for 29 with one stolen base.
Herrera is getting his first break from starting since the first week of the season. He has typically batted second in recent games, but Utley will move up from the No. 3 spot Sunday. It a role Utley has filled in 210 of his 1,423 career starts, including twice last season. He made his 1,000th career start in the No. 3 slot Saturday, going 0 for 4 in his team's 7-0 loss to the Marlins.
The Phillies are heavy underdogs (+165) in Miami Sunday.
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|2012||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||126||500||72||142||22||6||5||46||33||99||27||7||.335||.382||.284|
|2013||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||29||95||13||28||2||1||1||5||16||19||2||2||.398||.368||.295|
|2014||AFA-Myrtle Beach Pelican||29||111||26||33||3||1||0||11||23||21||9||3||.412||.342||.297|
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