The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-3, on Wednesday night to snap an eight-game losing streak, but the team’s 68th win of the season was most memorable to the man who got the W.
Trevor Williams earned the win in his Major League debut, just a day after being called up to The Show.
The 24-year-old spent three and a half seasons in the Minors before donning the Pirates jersey on Roberto Clemente Day, and he made the most of his premiere.
Williams pitched three innings of relief while striking out three, including whiffing Jhonny Peralta twice.
Williams told reporters after the game that his debut went as well as he could have imagined and he was excited to share it with his family.
“You dream about it your entire life and you picture it happening,” Williams said. “But it’s one of those things where you let the emotions take control of you.”
After exiting in between the eight and ninth innings, Williams needed to wait for Tony Watson to execute the save before being able to say he had won his Big League debut.
Right after doing so, he headed straight to the people that have supported him most through his baseball journey — his family.
After kissing his wife and young child, Williams waved over his dad and the two shared a touching father-son moment.
“There’s no one else I would rather share that moment with than with my dad,” Williams said after the game. “He’s been there since the very beginning, he’s taken me to Padres games since we were young.”
Williams was born in San Diego and attended high school powerhouse Rancho Bernardo in his hometown before moving to the desert to play collegiate ball at Arizona State University.
Williams developed into a star with the Sun Devils, posting a 12-2 record and 2.05 ERA as the team’s go-to starter in his sophomore year. He wasn’t as strong the following season but was drafted in the second round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins.
Williams spent three years in the Marlins farm system, getting promoted as high as Triple-A New Orleans before getting traded to the Pirates last October.
With Triple-A Indianapolis this year, Williams went 9-6 with a 2.53 ERA in 110.1 innings.
Baseball America predicted last season that he could become a mid-rotation guy as early as this year, but if that doesn’t happen he could be in the conversation when spring training rolls around in 2017.
In the meantime, Williams is 1-0 as a Major Leaguer and the best part is that his dad was there to see it.
“When I called him the other day (to say I was promoted), I didn’t think that moment was gonna get any better,” Williams said. “I didn’t think I was gonna share a moment with him better than that, but this definitely outdid it.”
After the emotional hug, Williams gave his dad the game ball.