Mitch Harris, the Naval Academy grad who got called up by the St. Louis Cardinals last week, made his major league debut on Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers. His moment of career triumph was tempered somewhat because he came into the game after Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright injured his achilles tendon coming out of the batter’s box (and, it turns out, possibly ended his season.
Harris acquitted himself well, striking out the first batter he faced (Brewers cleanup hitter Adam Lind) and pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings. He came out of the game after he put two runners on base but fellow Cards reliever Matt Belisle picked him up and got out of the inning by striking out the next two batters.
Matt’s parents were at the game, along with two of his shipmates from his service aboard the USS Ponce and his fiancée. You can watch a FoxSports inteview with mom and dad in the second video on this page.