One day after his major league debut, Ryan Cook was philosophical.
After all, the former Clovis High star was still digesting achieving a lifelong goal to reach baseball's grandest stage, only to come away with one of the roughest outings of his career.
"It's been your life-long goal [to pitch in the majors] and to achieve that is indescribable," Cook said Thursday, about 12 hours after the right-handed reliever surrendered three earned runs without recording an out during the Arizona Diamondbacks' 5-2 loss to Milwaukee.
"It was awesome. I would have liked to do better out of the gate, but it can only get better."
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With parents Chuck and Brenda in the stands at Phoenix's Chase Field, Cook was summoned to pitch the top of the 10th inning of a 2-2 game after his promotion from Double-A Mobile.
He proceeded to allow three hits and a walk while also throwing a wild pitch before being removed by Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson.
"It was about making pitches and executing. It's the same game at Double-A as it is in the big leagues, just more prestige," Cook said. "I was trying to tell myself to make good pitches and get guys out, but that didn't happen. I left some balls up, and they did what they do with them. Good hitters hit bad pitches."
Cook, 24, received news of his first call to the big leagues after getting off a near six-hour bus ride from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Mobile, Ala., at 5:30 a.m. CDT Tuesday.
The Diamondbacks' 27th-round selection from the 2008 draft out of USC immediately placed a call to his parents, waking them up at 3:30 a.m. PDT, not that they minded.
"That was a good call," Chuck Cook said. "Needless to say, we didn't go back to sleep. We immediately started making arrangements to get to Phoenix. It was pretty exciting to see him step on a big league diamond."
Cook's ascension to the majors gained momentum with a switch to the bullpen this year after being a life-long starting pitcher. He was 1-4 with a 2.25 ERA and 50 strikeouts in 44 innings at Mobile, converting 13 of 16 save opportunities after taking over the closer's job.
Cook wasn't on board initially with the move to the bullpen entering his fourth season in the minors, with no guarantee of reaching Triple-A Reno, let alone Arizona.
"I like knowing when I have to pitch," Cook said. "That was the big adjustment: Not knowing when I was going to pitch. But once I got used to that, I love the adrenaline of it and being able to let it rip."
Gibson, whose team is battling the Giants for the National League West title, told reporters in Phoenix on Wednesday that Cook would likely slot into a fifth-through-seventh-inning role.
"It was a complete shock to me," Cook said of his call-up. "I was just out there pitching and doing my thing and hoping to put up good numbers and hoping for a promotion anywhere. Then they call you out of the blue and it was like: Holy moly, here we go."