ST. LOUIS -- Barret Browning very quietly earned his first Major League win on Saturday, allowing zero hits and fanning two in an inning of relief against Pittsburgh.
Browning wasn't aware of his achievement until a teammate mentioned it after the game, and Browning didn't receive a game ball or any memento as Jason Motte tossed the final out into the stands after closing out the ninth.
"It'll be alright," Browning said of missing out on getting the game ball as keepsake. "We'll get more of them."
Browning spent nearly six full years in the Minors before getting called up from Triple-A Memphis on June 30. The 27-year-old left-hander has made 20 appearances with the Cardinals this season, posting a 4.00 ERA entering Sunday.
Browning admits there were times in his career he doubted he'd ever reach the Majors. But now he's living out his dream, and getting the win on Saturday was just a reminder of the long road he took to St. Louis.
"Every day up here makes it worth it," Browning said. "Obviously, I would prefer to win games and pitch well, but every day I wake up and put on this uniform and that makes it worth it. That was the dream, to play Major League Baseball. I've accomplished that. So every day I get to wake up and live that dream out."