Herrera hitless in major league debut

August, 29, 2014
Aug 29
10:55
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NEW YORK -- Dilson Herrera kept his nerves mostly in check during an 0-for-3 major league debut that included a ninth-inning fielding error.

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“To be honest, it was a little bit of nerves going into the first inning, but after that it was fine,” Herrera said through an interpreter after Friday's 4-1 win against the Phillies at Citi Field. “I felt good the rest of the game.”

Herrera noted he had played in a big stadium once before -- at the 2013 Futures Game, which happened to be at Citi Field while he was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Edgardo Alfonzo managed that World Team.

“It’s fine,” he said, downplaying the venue after a jump from Double-A. “I really don’t concentrate on that. I focus on the game.”

First-pitch swinging, Herrera grounded into a double play in his first at-bat, against Phillies right-hander David Buchanan. He struck out in the fifth. In his third and final at-bat, he lined out to second baseman Chase Utley in the seventh while facing left-hander Jake Diekman.

“I was just happy that I had good contact,” Herrera said. “After that, I can’t control the rest.”

As for the error, when he booted Grady Sizemore's routine one-out grounder in the ninth, Herrera said his hands were too rigid fielding the ball.

“Just normal stuff,” Herrera said. “It’s part of the game.”

Concluded Terry Collins: “I’m sure he was a little nervous. Of course, the one ball he hit to Chase, the ball was hit very, very good. It’ll be fun to keep watching him play.”
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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