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Mets prospect Herrera collects first MLB hit

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NEW YORK -- The ball sits atop Dilson Herrera's locker, dirtied and smacked around, just like dozens of others at Citi Field on Saturday. This one, though, is different. A slip of orange paper -- bound to the baseball by a rubber band -- designates its significance: Herrera's first Major League hit.

It was a single to left field, the result of an 0-1 fastball that Phillies starter Jerome Williams left out over the plate in the seventh inning and the highlight of a 1-for-3 game for Herrera, the Mets' No. 8 prospect. Philly shortstop Jimmy Rollins eventually tossed it into the Mets' dugout, and from there it made its way to the home clubhouse and Herrera's locker.

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NEW YORK -- The ball sits atop Dilson Herrera's locker, dirtied and smacked around, just like dozens of others at Citi Field on Saturday. This one, though, is different. A slip of orange paper -- bound to the baseball by a rubber band -- designates its significance: Herrera's first Major League hit.

It was a single to left field, the result of an 0-1 fastball that Phillies starter Jerome Williams left out over the plate in the seventh inning and the highlight of a 1-for-3 game for Herrera, the Mets' No. 8 prospect. Philly shortstop Jimmy Rollins eventually tossed it into the Mets' dugout, and from there it made its way to the home clubhouse and Herrera's locker.

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It was a bright spot of an otherwise forgettable night in Queens, a 7-2 loss for New York. For Herrera, 20, it was anything but.

Soon, the ball will be headed to Colombia -- home.

"It's for my parents," Herrera said.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. Tim Healey is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

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