Elian Herrera continued his run as the Dodgers' latest unsung hero Friday night, pacing the offense with two doubles, including the game-tying two-run two-bagger in the sixth inning off Chris Sale. The 27-year old rookie continues to impress.
"I wish I could say I'm not really surprised, but for a guy that wasn't in our camp in spring training, it's pretty surprising," said manager Don Mattingly. "At this point, you start counting on him."
Over at Dodger Thoughts, Jon Weisman notes how Herrera is making his mark among older first-year players in Dodgers history, and it really has been remarkable.
Herrera is hitting .296/.395/.388 through 29 games and last night was his first start in left field, the fourth position he has played this season. On Friday, Herrera was the first Dodger to have extra-base hits from each side of the plate since Rafael Furcal had two triples on September 28, 2010.
As a right-handed hitter Herrera has more power, hitting .293/.341/.439 with six doubles in 44 plate appearances. From the left side Herrera is more patient, hitting .298/.429/.351 with 13 walks in 71 PA. He showed the same splits in the minors, hitting .339/.388/.536 since the beginning of 2011 from the right side and .277/.366/.362 from the left side.
It's been quite a run.
Tonight's Pitching Matchup
Chad Billingsley is coming off two consecutive starts of allowing one run in seven innings.
Game Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV: KCAL, MLB Network