ST. LOUIS -- Barrett Browning sat in front of his locker with an ice pack on his left shoulder and elbow. He sat alone, watching motionless as the seconds slowly tick off the timer in his right hand that would allow him to remove the ice and go home.
The time couldn't pass quick enough.
The final pitcher left in the Cardinals bullpen, Browning entered in the top of the 19th inning Sunday and allowed three runs as the Cardinals lost a heartbreaking marathon to the rival Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-3, at Busch Stadium.
Seven Cardinals pitchers had combined to allow just one earned run in 18 innings before Browning was called upon to pitch the 19th. But the rookie served up a one-out homer to Pedro Alvarez and a two-run single from Andrew McCutchen to make the six-hour, 7-minute effort all for not.
"It couldn't be much worse," Browning said. "The guys, everybody on this team fought to win this game. Everybody did their job except me. I don't think I've ever been this disappointed. I ju...