Cordier has 'intense' Major League debut

Brown, Dominguez also make first appearances in big leagues

Cordier has 'intense' Major League debut

DENVER -- Giants right-hander Erik Cordier remembered to appreciate where he came from, which wasn't just the Coors Field visitors' bullpen.

Cordier, who fits the description of a baseball vagabond, finally made his first Major League appearance Wednesday after spending 10 professional seasons in the Minors with four different organizations. He pitched a scoreless seventh inning in San Francisco's 9-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies.

The 28-year-old Cordier, one of 10 September callups summoned by the Giants, felt the weight of his wait as he jogged from the bullpen to the mound. So he remembered to appreciate his rarefied surroundings.

"I kind of stopped and looked at everything that was going on in the stadium," said Cordier, who finished 4-3 with a 3.59 ERA in 47 appearances for Triple-A Fresno this year. "Once I finally got to the mound, it was back to business."

For Cordier, business means throwing his searing fastball, which regularly reached 101 mph against the Rockies. He walked a batter and struck another, confronting not only the hitters but also his own excitement.

"That's probably the most adrenaline I've ever felt. Pretty intense, to say the least," said Cordier, a second-round selection by Kansas City in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft -- one pick in front of Hunter Pence (Houston) and two ahead of Dustin Pedroia (Boston).

Asked if he had trouble harnessing his fastball, particularly when under the influence of such excitement, Cordier prompted laughter from reporters by replying, "Well, you saw."

He added, "At times it can be a little rough. But that's why I continue to work and improve on that."

Was this appearance worth the 10-year wait?

"Yeah. Absolutely," Cordier said. "Worth every minute of it -- every injury, every up and down. I think everybody in here would tell you that."

Two other Giants rookies made their Major League debuts Wednesday. Outfielder Gary Brown, the Giants' No. 1 draft choice in 2010, pinch-hit in the seventh inning and was robbed of a base hit on a running catch by Colorado left fielder Corey Dickerson. Infielder Chris Dominguez also made a pinch-hitting appearance and grounded into a ninth-inning double play.

Right-hander Hunter Strickland, who throws almost as hard as Cordier, recorded his first Major League strikeout to open a scoreless eighth inning. Strickland, who also worked a scoreless eighth inning Monday, slipped a called third strike past former Giant Charlie Culberson.

Chris Haft is a reporter for Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.