(BaseballStL) -- One night after making his major league debut as a pinch-hitter, recent call-up Brock Peterson made his first career start in left field in a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
Peterson, who received the nod to the bigs after the team placed Matt Holliday on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday, finally got his chance in the big league after playing 1,163 games at the minor league and independent league levels.
“It’s been a long time,” Peterson, 29, said. “I’m really glad I’m getting the opportunity to be here on this great team. I’m just going to enjoy every minute of it and hopefully I’m here for a long time.”
His first taste came as a pinch-hitter for starter Lance Lynn in the fifth inning of a 5-3 loss to the Padres on Saturday. After a wild pitch from Padres starter Edinson Volquez advanced the runners to second and third base with no outs, Peterson grounded out to shortstop Everth Cabrera on the ninth pitch of the at-bat to score David Freese from third base. It also marked his first career RBI.
A bigger taste of the bigs came in his first career start on Sunday. Making the start in left field for the first time since 2008 at Triple-A Rochester and batting fifth in the order, Peterson reached base on a fielding error by Padres third baseman Chase Headley in the second inning, grounded out to second baseman Logan Forsythe after a 12-pitch at-bat in the third inning and grounded out to shortstop Cabrera in the sixth. He saw a total of 19 pitches in his final two at-bats.
Peterson was removed from the game in the seventh inning. Jon Jay entered the inning in center field as Allen Craig moved from right field to left field and Shane Robinson shifted from center to right field.
“It was good to get a win today,” Peterson said. “The first day was cool for me, but at the same time the team didn’t get the ‘W,’ so today was extra special.”
The insert of Peterson to the lineup was only one of multiple unfamiliar moves to the lineup for St. Louis on Sunday. The other moves included: Yadier Molina’s 12th start in the second slot of the batting order, Craig’s third start in the third spot, Freese’s third start in the cleanup spot, and Robinson’s 12th start of the season.