Cards’ Peterson relieved after collecting first career hit

Cards’ Peterson relieved after collecting first career hit

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ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 24: Brock Peterson #41 of the St. Louis Cardinals records his first major league hit while playing against the Philadelphia Phillies in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on July 24, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Phillies 11-3. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Scott Bierman / BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 11:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 24 at 11:47 PM

(BaseballStL) -- Five days since making his major league debut, Brock Peterson was still searching for that elusive first career hit after failing in his previous five attempts at the plate.

His next chance came in the eighth inning of a 9-3 game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Wednesday.

Appearing as a pinch-hitter for the third time since Saturday, Peterson roped a 97-mph fastball from Jake Diekman to Chase Utley, who was unable to make the sliding stop deep in the hole at second base.

Peterson wasn’t sure how it would be scored -- whether it be a hit or an error.

“I wasn’t going to look up there and I was just going to let (Chris) Maloney over there tell me what they put up on the board,” Peterson said.

The official score went as a base hit, which also scored the tenth run of the game for St. Louis. A sigh of relief followed as the 29-year-old finally achieved his first base hit in the majors.

“It’s a big monkey off my back,” Peterson said. “It’s been kind of wearing on me a little bit. I didn’t want to have that zero average anymore. I wanted to have a number up there.”

The number is small. It’s now only a .167 batting average, but it’s a number after all.

“It’s always good to watch anybody get their first hit,” Mike Matheny said. “You realize it’s something they will never forget, and to be a part of it that’s a pretty special night.”

Peterson, who had not received the baseball by the time the media got to him, said he plans on sending it home with his parents where it will be safe for awhile.

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