PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Top of the seventh inning, in a 4-4 game against the Detroit Tigers, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera did not run out a routine ground ball back to the pitcher.
“That’s as good as he can run out down there, then he probably needs to come out of the game,” Phillies radio analyst Larry Andersen said during the broadcast on SportsRadio 94WIP.
Phillies manager subsequently benched Herrera, who was 3-4 at the time.
“He didn’t run,” Mackanin said after the game via ESPN.com. “One of the ingredients to our success to this point is the fact that these guys play with energy, they play hard, and we’re training them to play the game the right way. And not running is not the right way. And that’s why it’s more important for me to set that tone than to take our best hitter out of the lineup.
“I’ve seen it in the past, and it’s been trickling in. I just, I didn’t like it, and I just made a decision.”
For the season, Herrera is hitting .335/.445/.456 with 31 walks and just 31 strikeouts.
The Phillies ended up losing the game 5-4 (highlights here) thanks to a Victor Martinez bottom of the seventh RBI single. Herrera is expected to be in the lineup for game two of the three game series on Tuesday night.