Jun 16, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Nick Greenwood (62) throws to a New York Mets batter in his Major League debut during the fifth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

URI Alum Nick Greenwood Makes MLB Debut for Cardinals, Gets Win

Oh, just winning World Cup matches and Major League Baseball games. What’s your favorite school doing?

After watching Geoff Cameron’s outstanding play for the U.S. in their first match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Rhody fans didn’t even have to change the channel. That’s because ESPN segued right into Monday Night Baseball, with the St. Louis Cardinals hosting the New York Mets. And in the fifth inning, URI fans saw former Rhode Island Ram Nick Greenwood make his Major League debut.

With Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright sidelined due to injury, manager Mike Matheny had to get a little creative with his pitching last night. St. Louis reliever Carlos Martinez made his first career start, going four strong innings before being lifted in favor of Greenwood. The Rhody alum was called up only a few days ago, and he was thrust into the spotlight pretty quickly.

“You couldn’t ask for a better outing,” Greenwood said. “It’s awesome. Words can’t describe.”

And he delivered. Greenwood pitched three and a third solid innings, allowing one run on two hits while striking out three. He walked just one batter and left to a standing ovation from the Busch Stadium crowd as he picked up the win in the Cardinals’ 6-2 victory.

Greeny is most effective when he’s getting ground balls – and that’s exactly what he did last night. The lefty had a stellar 6:1 ground ball to fly ball ratio as he made the most of his 60 pitches. He’s also made an excellent case to stay with the big club for more than just this outing. Congrats to Nick Greenwood, and GO RHODY!

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