Update: Cory Rasmus talks about making his Major League debut for Atlanta Braves

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comMay 22, 2013 

ATLANTA -- It took a few days after he was called up to the Atlanta Braves, but former Russell County High standout Cory Rasmus finally made his Major League debut on Wednesday.

Rasmus pitched 1 2-3 innings to finish the Braves' 8-3 rout of the Minnesota Twins at Turner Field.

"A lot of stuff went down," Rasmus said after the game. "It was pretty crazy. But it was a lot of fun, too.

"This was pretty much something you work for your whole life. … There's a lot of weight off my shoulders, too. I think now I can relax a little bit."

The right-hander gave up a pair of solo homers, but he also struck out three.

"I thought one of them was a pretty good pitch," Rasmus said about giving up the two homers. "But this is the big leagues."

Rasmus, who had been pitching at Triple-A Gwinnett before being brought up to the parent club Saturday, entered Wednesday's game to relieve starter Paul Maholm in the top of the eighth with the Braves ahead 8-1.

Rasmus retired both of the batters he faced in the eight, getting Ryan Doumit to fly to center field and striking out Chris Colabello.

Ramus gave up a homer to Aaron Hicks to start the ninth. Hicks hit a 2-2 pitch into the stands in right field. Then he struck out Brian Dozier with a high and tight fastball.

Pinch-hitter Oswaldo Arcia hit the second homer off Rasmus.

Eduardo Escobar hit a long fly ball to the warning track in right center, but center fielder B.J. Upton ran it down for the second out.

Pedro Florimon walked, before Rasmus finished the game with a strikeout of Josh Willingham.

Rasmus threw 39 pitches, 23 of them strikes.

After he struck out Colabello to end the eighth, catcher Evan Gattis threw the ball into the stands behind the Braves dugout. Several players, including Maholm, and first basdee coach Terry Pendleton asked the fan to return the ball for Rasmus.

"I don't care about that," Rasmus said. "As long as I get them out, I don't care what they do with the ball."

Rasmus is the brother of Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Colby Rasmus. Atlanta and Toronto meet for four games next week, Monday and Tuesday in Toronto and Wednesday and Thursday in Atlanta.

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