McDonald Homers in First At-Bat
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Keith McDonald became only the third player in St. Louis Cardinals’ history to homer in his first career at-bat.
McDonald, a 27-year-old rookie pinch hitting for Edgar Renteria, connected off Andy Larkin on a 2-2 pitch in the eighth inning Thursday, joining Wally Moon (1954) and Eddie Morgan (1936).
``I’m numb,″ McDonald said. ``I was running with my head down. I didn’t even see it go out and I almost tripped over first base.″
Morgan, who played only one season with the Cardinals, also did it as a pinch hitter.
``I said, `It must be an easy league,″ manager Tony La Russa said. ``What a thrill that must be.″
McDonald’s contract was purchased from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday, a day after Eli Marrero, the Cardinals’ backup catcher, injured his left thumb with a head-first slide stealing second.
McDonald hit only one homer in 177 at-bats at Memphis and totaled 28 homers in six minor league seasons before this year. He’s not sure what he’ll do with the ball.
``I haven’t even thought about it,″ he said. ``I barely made it around the bases.″