PHILADELPHIA -- Odubel Herrera knew Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija would throw him a first-pitch strike in the first inning in Monday's 11-0 win at Citizens Bank Park.Samardzija walked Cesar Hernandez on eight pitches and Rhys Hoskins on six pitches to put runners on first and second with no outs. Samardzija
PHILADELPHIA -- Odubel Herrera knew Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija would throw him a first-pitch strike in the first inning in Monday's 11-0 win at Citizens Bank Park.
Samardzija walked Cesar Hernandez on eight pitches and Rhys Hoskins on six pitches to put runners on first and second with no outs. Samardzija then threw Herrera a first-pitch 92-mph fastball over the heart of the plate, which the outfielder smashed into the Phillies' bullpen in right-center field for a three-run home run to give the Phillies a 3-0 lead. The ball left Herrera's bat at 107.9 mph and traveled a projected 424 feet.
"I have to give a lot of credit to Cesar, because I was watching his at-bat and I knew he was going to pitch me similar to him, so it kind of worked out," Herrera said through the team's interpreter.
Herrera then ripped a two-run home run to right field in the sixth, giving him a career-high five RBIs.
The homer in the first inning extended Herrera's on-base streak to 36 games, the Phillies' longest since Jimmy Rollins reached base safely in 38 consecutive games in 2015-16. Herrera has reached base safely in 31 consecutive games to start the season, the longest streak in baseball to start a season since Matthew Holliday (45 games) in '15.
A little more than a month into the season, Herrera is putting up All-Star-worthy numbers. He is hitting .341 with seven doubles, one triple, five home runs, 20 RBIs and a .938 OPS, which ranks 13th in the National League.
Herrera picked up the 500th hit of his career in his 476th career game Sunday in Washington. Elias Sports Bureau said the last Phillies player to reach 500 hits in fewer games was Chase Utley, who reached the milestone in 474 career contests on May 5, 2007.
"I feel very, very good right now," Herrera said. "It's part of being selective. I want to be disciplined at the plate, I don't want to swing at bad pitches, I just want to swing at good pitches."
Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.