After strong debut, Gearrin goes to work on Twitter

SAN DIEGO – Cory Gearrin made his major league debut Monday night seem easier than his next-day work on Twitter.

The Braves’ rookie reliever retired all six batters he faced and recorded two strikeouts during the ninth and 10th innings of Monday’s 5-3, 13-inning loss against the Padres.

“That was nice to see,” manager Fredi Gonzalez said of right-handed sidearmer’s debut, three days after Gearrin arrived from Triple-A Gwinnett. “That was a tough way to crack your first major league game. He did great. Didn’t walk a guy.”

Gearrin wasn’t quite as efficient trying to work through all the Twitter-follower messages he received in the hours after the game.

Gearrin, 25, had asked injured Braves reliever Peter Moylan, who’s wildly popular on the Twitter social-networking service, to spread the word and help get Gearrin (@CoryGearrin) more Twitter followers.

The result of Moylan’s “tweet” and a two-inning televised major league debut was more than 1,000 new followers on Twitter for Gearrin, and the genial Tennessee native wanted to thank each and every one of them.

“I checked my Twitter account and it was, like, hundreds of [new-follower] messages,” Gearrin said. “I was, like, that is so cool.”

“I started texting people to thank them. The hotel charges for Internet, so I’d been holding out. I was, like, I can’t pay $10 for Internet. So I was trying to do it with my phone, until finally I just broke down. I was, like, I can’t do all these [with my phone].

“So I went ahead and bought some Internet and tried to thank everybody. So it’s been fun.”

After Gearrin was told last Thursday night that he’d been called up to the big club, his mother and sister scrambled to book a flight to San Francisco for the weekend series against the Giants. They didn’t get to see him pitch there, and returned to Tennessee before the Braves continued their three-city, 10-game trip in San Diego.

“They had to leave before the third game [Sunday in San Francisco],” Gearrin said. “I honestly didn’t know when or if I was going to be able to pitch on this trip, so asking them to, ‘Hey, just hang around San Francisco and San Diego for a week’ … I mean, they wished they could be out here, but it’s understandable.

“And they got to watch it on TV and DVR’d it and everything.”

Gearrin was born and raised in Dayton, Tenn., and his mom lives in Chattanooga. His father, a high school teacher-coach and umpire in Cleveland, Tenn., plans to bring a group of coaches to a game in Atlanta during the homestand that starts Friday, provided Gearrin gets to stay with the team.

The Braves brought him up because they needed an extra arm in a worn bullpen. They have 13 pitches now, but plan to revert to 12 after the road trip. They are expected to bring up another outfielder who can back up center field, from a group of Triple-A candidates that includes Jordan Schafer, Joe Mather, Wilkin Ramirez and Jose Constanza.

With the way that Gearrin pitched Monday, it’s not a given that he’ll be the pitcher dropped when they cut back to 12. And even if he is, there’s little doubt that Gearrin would be back at some point relatively soon.

“It was great,” he said of his debut, when he showed no signs of nervousness. “I don’t know, it just felt good. I went out and I was relaxed. It’s something I’ve been working towards a long time, and to finally be there is what I’ve been wanting all along.

“It’s just one of those things, people ask you, ‘Are you going to be nervous? Are you going to be this or that? I’m like, I don’t know, we’ll see when I get out there. It was just great being able to be out there with that team and those guys. And I’ve thrown to [catcher] Brian [McCann] before, so I was comfortable there. It just felt great.”

McCann gets a rest

McCann was out of the starting lineup Tuesday for the second time in three games, but his absence was understandable after he’d caught all 13 innings in Mondays’ series opener.

“The plan was to [rest him in Wednesday’s series finale],” Gonzalez said. “But I think today would be better – 13 innings, and I think he’s gotten beat up a little bit, too, a couple of foul tips got him yesterday,”

Gonzalez smiled and said, “The way things are going, it might not even be a whole game. He might rest about six innings and then get him in there [in a double-switch]. Hopefully we score some runs.”

The Braves hit just .195 in their past six games before Tuesday, including two losses against the Dodgers, three wins against the Giants, and Monday’s loss to the Padres.

14 comments Add your comment

ben dodds

April 26th, 2011
10:11 pm

xxxldawg

April 26th, 2011
10:12 pm

then chipper goes deep.

AthensBrave

April 27th, 2011
7:47 am

I am very happy for Cory Gearrin. Hopefully he will be able to take George Sherrill’s place in the bullpen next year. He is part of the braves future.

Runnin

April 27th, 2011
8:49 am

The Braves should pay for his hotel internet. Somebody needs to talk to Frank about this.

say what?!!!

April 27th, 2011
8:56 am

Bought some internet. lol.

Gwalk

April 27th, 2011
11:05 am

Please send Cristhian Martinez back to Triple A. Just take a look at his stats for the last 3 years and you’ll understand why. 2009 26 innings pitched, 16 runs allowed 15 earned, 2010 26 innings pitched 14 earned runs allowed, 2011 14 innings pitched 7 earned runs allowed. ENOUGH SAID!

Lobosolo

April 27th, 2011
11:44 am

Gee, Gwalk, good thing you weren’t managing Maddux and Glavine in their first three years (or any other time for that matter).Maddux went 2-4, 5.52 in his 1st season and 6-14, 5.61 his 2nd, while Glavine went 2-4, 5.54 his 1st and 7-17, 4.56 his 2nd… these are numbers that you and the other armchair managers would excoriate these players for, claiming that they sucked and should be sent back down… You and your fellow know-it-alls have no clue that it takes even the best of pitchers some time to fully develop and become consistent with their form. If these blogs existed when they began, all of you would be screaming to run them out of town… just another example of all of you crybabies whining about every single thing you can find… You folks should learn to UNDERSTAND the nature of the game… ENOUGH SAID!!! (for most rational people, anyway… you and the others like you, maybe not)…

Jay Dubu

April 27th, 2011
12:21 pm

DOB,

Matt Young’s trip down to Gwinnette was not just to bring up another pitcher…it was part of a larger move to kepp him down there?

Jason W

April 27th, 2011
12:28 pm

I’d rather see Linebrink just go. He just seems to always give up the “big hit” to the opoosing teams early this season

manpitt

April 27th, 2011
12:49 pm

interestig stat i just looked up in games that linebrink pitched more than 1/3 of an inning he had to get at least 2 outs and games that werent mop up duty either, aka close games which he was asked to carry an inning load the braves are 2-5 and one of those wins was the SF game he blew so technically it could be 1-6 when the game is on the line when this man enters to pitch (YIKES!!!!!!!)

Dorothy Davis

April 27th, 2011
12:52 pm

Sherill and Linebrink couldn’t carry Corys cleats in any game. So am I the only one that sees that?

Gwalk

April 27th, 2011
3:34 pm

@ Lobosolo…Obviously you don’t understand how to compare “apples to apples.” First, I did not compare the record of this so called pitcher (for an entire year) I compared performance for the year based on the innings he pitched. (Thank God he hasn’t pitched much) That said, he gives up almost half a run an inning (if that were possible). But in reality, he is on pace to give up roughly 40 runs this year through 80 innings. Yep, last time I checked my standards, that’s exactly the kind of pitcher I want coming in relief for me and my armchair players. You would be a perfect manager… for a girls softball team…

bostonbravo

April 27th, 2011
7:11 pm

you are ‘da man’ Mercer Bear Gearrin!!!!!!!

leggo

April 28th, 2011
11:21 am

calm down Gwalk…Lobosolo has you beat.

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