2003 - 2006
Horacio Ramirez
Horacio Ramirez was born November 24, 1979 in Carson, California. Ramirez graduated from Inglewood High School in 1997, where he plated both baseball and basketball. He was drafted by the Braves in the 5th round of the 1997 amateur draft. The left-handed pitcher made his major league debut on April 2, 2003 with the Braves. Ramirez was involved in a scary incident on June 11 when pitching against the Astro's; Horacio was hit in the head from a ball off the bat of Lance Berkman. Fortunately Ramirez was able to walk off the field on his own power. The Braves traded Ramirez to the Seattle Mariners for relief pitcher Rafael Soriano on December 6, 2006.
Braves Career Highlights
2003: Ramirez had a solid 4.00 ERA over 29 starts. Matched Damian Moss' 12 wins for the 2nd most by an Atlanta rookie pitcher, behind only Craig McMurtry's 15 victories in 1982...In 13 starts since the All-Star break, he was 4-2 with a 4.55 ERA (44 ER in 87.0 IP)...His .750 winning percentage tied for 2nd in the N.L....Had 7 quality starts and a 3.41 ERA in his last 10 games (4-0, 66.0 IP, 25 ER)...Lost only twice in his last 26 starts starting April 16...His 9.0-inning effort in his Sept. 5 start vs. Pittsburgh (3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, ND in a 3-2, 10-inning win) matched his longest outing of the season (CG win at NYM July 7)...One of his NDs came when he left after 7.1 IP with an 8-2 lead July 25 at Montreal; the Expos won, 9-8, in 11 innings...He won 7 straight decisions in 12 starts April 16-July 7 (25 ER in 77.1 IP, 2.91 ERA)...That was the longest winning streak by a Braves' rookie pitcher since reliever Brad Clontz won a Braves rookie record 8 straight to end the '95 season...He beat the Mets, 7-3, July 7 at Shea, then went 0-2 with 5 NDs and a 6.18 ERA in his next 7 games before beating the Pirates, 13-6, Aug. 30 at Pittsburgh...Ramirez also tied the Atlanta rookie record for the longest winning streak by a starting pitcher; Larry McWilliams also reeled off 7 straight wins in 1978...In his July 7 win at New York, Horacio pitched the Braves' first complete game of the season (9.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K)...Braves won 19 of his 29 starts...Allowed 3 ER or fewer in 20 of his 29 starts, and 2 ER or fewer 17 times...Held opponents to 2 ER or fewer in 4 straight starts June 21-July 7 (3-0, 1.52, 29.2 IP, 5 ER)...Has a 4-2 mark with a 3.75 ERA (31 ER in 74.1 IP) in 12 home starts, and was 8-2 with a 4.17 ERA (108.0 IP, 50 ER) in 17 starts on the road...Held left-handed hitters to a .206 Opp BA (29 x 141)...In his first start, also his major league debut, April 2 in Atlanta, he lost to the Expos, 3-0 (7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K)...In that game, he pitched shutout ball after allowing a single and a 2-run homer (Jose Vidro) to the first two batters he faced...Ramirez was the first pitcher to make his Braves' debut in the team's second game since 1940, when the Boston Bees' Nick Strincevich lost to the Brooklyn Dodgers, 8-3 (the Braves opened this year on March 31 vs. the Expos and had April 1 off)...Braves scored 185 runs in Ramirez's 29 starts (6.4 runs/game).

2004: Made just nine starts in an injury-shortened sophomore season. He registered eight quality starts...Missed more than three months of the season due to left shoulder tendinitis...Was a tough-luck 2-4, as the Braves scored just seven runs in his four losses and only 29 runs total in his nine starts...Of his 24 runs allowed, only 16 were earned and seven came with two outs...Held opponents to a .226 batting average...His last start came 5/25 at MON, and he pitched just one more game after that (9/26 vs. FLA)...At the time of his injury, ranked fifth in the National League with a 2.25 ERA. Ranked eighth in the league with a 2.43 mark at night...Pitched a solid game 4/15 at NY, but suffered his first loss in a 4-0 shutout. He pitched 7.0 innings allowed two runs on six hits...Did not earn a decision in the Braves' 9-5, extra-inning win on 4/21 at CIN. Horacio went 6.0 innings and allowed three runs on five hits...Allowed three runs (all with two outs) in the third inning en route to a 3-2 loss at SF on 4/26. Walked four batters (two intentional) and allowed six hits...Had his worst outing of the season at COL on 5/2, as the Braves concluded their 12-game roadtrip with a 13-4 loss, committing an Atlanta-record seven errors in the game. Horacio allowed eight runs in 3.1 IP, but none of the runs were earned...Snapped his career-high three-game losing streak with a 2-0 win at MIL on 5/14. Horacio pitched 8.0 innings of shutout ball, allowing five hits and four walks...Threw his second career complete game and first of the season 5/20 vs. ARI, allowing just three hits. His lone run allowed came on a Robby Hammock solo HR to lead off the eighth inning.

2005: Made a career-high 32 starts - the second most on the Braves staff - and appeared in 33 games overall. ... Went 8-1 with a 3.59 ERA at home and 3-8, 5.69 on the road. ... His record in night games was 10-5 with a 4.11 ERA, compared to a 1-4, 5.93 mark in day games. ... The Braves are 35-35 in Horacio's 70 career starts and were 12-20 in 2005. ... Allowed a team-high 31 home runs on the year. His 31 HRs allowed tied for 11th in the majors and his 1.38 HRs allowed per 9 IP was the 11th-highest average in the majors. ... Did not earn a decision in his 2005 debut vs. the Mets on 4/9, a 6-3 Braves win. Horacio tossed four scoreless innings before allowing two runs on three hits and a walk and making his exit with two outs in the fifth inning. ... Notched his first win with an 11-4 decision at PHI on 4/15.Went 5.1 innings, allowing two runs in the first (after the Braves scored four in the first) and another run in the sixth before making his exit. ... Allowed just a two-run home run to Jose Vidro, but got the loss in a 2-0 Nationals win on 4/20. He went 6.2 IP, allowing six hits while walking three and fanning three. ... Went seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits in a 4-1 Braves win over Houston on 5/7. It was his first scoreless outing of the year and it came on 11 days of rest. ... Pitched a solid game at Los Angeles on 5/13, allowing two runs on seven hits in 7.0 innings pitched, but did not figure in the 7-4 loss. Horacio was in line for the win after Adam LaRoche's eighth-inning grand slam put the Braves up 4-2, but the Dodgers came back to score five runs in the bottom of the inning for a 7-4 loss. ... Had first scoreless outing 6/22 vs. FLA since 5/7 vs. HOU, allowing just three hits and walking one in an 8-0 win. He lasted 5.0 innings before having to leave due to a slight groin pull. ... Earned his fourth straight win with a seven-inning, five-hit, and one-run performance on 6/27 at FLA to cap an undefeated June. ... Went 4-0 with a 3.55 ERA in June and is 7-0 with a 3.91 ERA in 10 career starts in June. ... Tossed his first career shutout in Game 1 of 7/7 DH vs. Chicago. It was his third career complete game and his first since 5/20/04 vs. ARI. It was also only his second scoreless outing of the year and matched his career best for fewest hits allowed (3). ... Posted his eighth quality start at NY on 7/14, but did not figure in the 6-3 loss. Allowed three runs on six hits in 7.0 IP, but Mike Piazza hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning for the 6-3 final. ... Cruised through six innings at SF on 7/19 before allowing a three-run homer in the seventh. Ended up going 7.1 innings, but did not figure in the 5-4 loss, as the Giants won in the ninth. ... Suffered a 3-2 loss at ARI on 7/24, allowing three runs on eight hits in 7.0 IP. The Braves were held to just four hits on the day, and the only offensive support came from Andruw Jones' two solo homers. ... Earned his ninth win vs. PIT on 7/29, allowing just one run on six hits in 8.0 IP. C. Jones' two-run double in the eighth inning led to the 2-1 win. ... Made lone relief appearance 8/14 vs. ARI in which he allowed five earned runs on six hits (three homers) in 3.2 IP. It was just his second career relief appearance. ... Posted a 5-3 win over WSH in Game 1 of 8/31 DH, pitching 7.0 innings and allowing three runs. ... Went without a decision in five of his last six outings. ... Lost a 12-4 decision at PHI on 9/14, allowing seven runs (six earned) in just 3.0 IP. It marked the shortest start of his career, as he allowed three runs in the first and four in the third (on a R. Martinez GS). ... Did not earn a decision in the Braves' 10-6 loss to PHI on 9/21, as he went 6.0 IP and allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits. ... Went 5.1 innings on 9/26 vs. COL, and left with a 5-2 lead, but the bullpen failed to hold it and the Rockies rallied for a 6-5 win.

2006: Endured an injury-plagued season in which he missed nearly four months. He strained his left hamstring on April 5, and didn't return to the rotation until May 27. In his fist six starts off the disabled list, he was 4-2 with a 2.71 ERA. His season ended after he partially tore the tendon pulley in his left middle finger on Aug. 7.
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