Veteran pitcher Freddy Garcia, called up just hours earlier from Triple-A Gwinnett, made his first appearance for the Atlanta Braves Sunday, pitching 4 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball in a losing effort against the Miami Marlins. Miami won the game 7-0.
After the Marlins torched starter Alex Wood for seven earned runs through 2 1/3 innings, Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez called on Garcia to stop the bleeding. It was Garcia's first Major League appearance since June 23.
Garcia gave up three hits and one walk and struck out two in his 4 2/3 innings of work.
Garcia, who was acquired by the Atlanta Braves on August 23 from the Baltimore Orioles for cash, has mainly been used a starter during his 15 year career. However, he is willing to do whatever is necessary to help the Braves down the stretch. He expressed his eagerness to contribute to the team to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
"It was cool to get in the game and throw some innings," Garcia said. "They brought me here to do this job — long reliever, whatever, start if they need me — so I'll be ready for anything."
Garcia has been named to two All-Star teams and won a World Series Championship while a member of the Chicago White Sox in 2005. His experience in the major leagues should be beneficial to Atlanta's young pitching staff.
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