Ex-Pelican Herrera saves no-hit bid in big leagues

pel-herreraOne of the most popular players in Myrtle Beach Pelicans history also did a lot to endear himself to fans of the Philadelphia Phillies – and pitcher Cole Hamels – on Saturday.

Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera, who spent parts of the past three seasons with the Pelicans, made two tough catches to preserve Hamel’s no-hitter and a 5-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs.

Herrera, who joined the Phillies in the offseason, made a pair of warning-track catches at the ivy-covered walls of Wrigley Field, including a dramatic final out at the fence.

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hit a ball to centerfield as Herrera lost his footing and fell in the dirt but was able to stretch to make the catch.

With one out in the eight, Cubs catcher David Ross hit a ball into deep centerfield that Herrera chased down and made a diving catch to rob Ross of an extra-base hit and keep the no-hit bid alive.

Herrera spent three different stints in Myrtle Beach – a full season in 2012 when he batted .284, a half-season in 2013 when he batted .295, and 29 games in 2014 before being called up to Frisco (TX) as part of the Rangers organization.

Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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