Charlotte native makes MLB debut with Atlanta Braves

Charlotte native makes MLB debut with Atlanta Braves

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Braves pitcher Alex Wood is congratulated by catcher Brian McCann after the Braves defeated Toronto Blue Jays 11-3.

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by WCNC.com Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on May 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Updated Friday, May 31 at 11:12 AM

ATLANTA -- Charlotte native and Ardrey Kell graduate Alex Wood made his Major League Baseball debut with the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night. 

It was not only an exciting moment for himself, but his family as well.

Wood made his debut in the ninth inning with the Braves leading 11-3 over the Blue Jays.

As Wood took the mound during the final inning, Wood's mother was seen on television cheering and becoming emotional for her son.

After allowing a single to Colby Rasmus, Wood ended the game by getting Maicer Izturis to ground into a double play.

Wood celebrated by making sure he kept the ball he pitched with by placing it in his back pocket.

“I was fortunate to get in there at the end. It was pretty special. When I walked out there I heard some Dawgs fans barking and everyone cheering. It was a pretty neat moment, for sure," Wood told the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution after the win.

TV cameras also showed Wood's family and friends hugging and celebrating in the stands after his first MLB appearance.

The Braves promoted him from Double-A Mississippi to help its injury-depleted bullpen on Wednesday.

Wood had a 4-2 record with a 1.26 ERA while down in Double-A Mississippi.

Wood was drafted in the second round by the Braves out of the University of Georgia in the 2012 MLB draft.
 

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