June 19, 2007
Albany - Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz isn't the only one who has made the move from closer to start.
South Goergia Peanuts righthander Dumas Garcia was going to be Wally Backman's closer out of the bullpen.
But with the Peanuts winning so many lopsided games early, Garcia was getting any work.
So, Backman put Garcia in the starting rotation where he is 3-1 with an earned run average under three.
Despite the fact Garcia still throws out of the stretch whether there is a runner on base, the hard throwing right hander has earned his spot in the Peanuts starting rotation.
Wally Backman said "He has almost become like the anchor in the starting rotation. He has only had three starts. You just expect to see him get better and better every time he goes out."
The South Georgia Peanuts play Bradenton in a doubleheader starting Wednesday at 6:00 p.m..