2005 - 2006
BiographyJorge Bolivar Sosa was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on April 28, 1977. He was signed by the Colorado Rockies in 1995 as an amateur free agent and he made his major league debut on April 4, 2002 with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Sosa played with the Devil Rays from 2002-2004, the Atlanta Braves 2005-2006, the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006, and begins play with the New York Mets in 2007. Sosa spend his first several years in the minor leagues as an outfielder but once his superior arm strength was discovered he was converted to a right-handed pitcher. His fastball can come in as fast as 99 MPH, but it normally resides in the mid-90's. Sosa had an extremely strong season in 2005, but his luck seemed to run out in 2006. On July 30 the Braves designated Sosa for assignment; he was then traded to the St. Louis Cardinals on July 31, 2006. Before the start of the 2006 season, Sosa participated in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, playing for the Dominican Republic.
Braves Career Highlights2005: Sosa played a huge role in the Braves success in 2005. ... Won a career-high 13 games and his 2.55 ERA was easily the lowest of his four-year career. Jorge entered the season with a 5.17 career ERA. ... Went 10-3 with a 2.62 ERA as a starter. ... His .813 (13-3) winning percentage was tops in the National League. ... His 2.62 ERA as a starter ranked third in the majors among pitchers with 20 or more starting assignments and his 1.82 road ERA as a starter was second in the majors to Roger Clemens (1.32). ... Went 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in the month of September. ... The Braves went 15-4 in his 19 starts, with one blown save. ... Went 3-0 with a 1.66 ERA in five day starts. ... In his three losses, the Braves were shutout twice and scored two runs in the other game. ... Went 4-3 with a 3.64 ERA at Turner Field and 9-0, 1.82 on the road. ... Had four holds and a 2.30 ERA in 24 games out of the bullpen and in relief he went more than 1.0 inning seven times, including 2.0+ innings three times. ... Notched his first win with a scoreless 11th inning 4/18 at HOU. ... Pitched a season-high 2.1 innings as a reliever in his Braves debut on Opening Day (4/5) at FLA, when he entered in the second inning for John Smoltz. ... In his first start of the year on 6/14 at TEX, he went 5.0 innings, allowing two runs on five hits, while striking out seven. Both runs came on a first-inning M. Teixeira homer. It was his first start since 9/12/04 at KC (a 7-2 win in which he went 7.0 shutout innings for Tampa Bay) and it marked the first time in his 42 career starts he did not walk a batter. ... Made his second start of the year and his first career start on three days' rest at CIN on 6/18, allowing one run on four hits. Did not earn the decision in the Braves' 6-1 win, but he did collect a single (off Eric Milton) in his second career plate appearance. ... On 6/28, he picked up his second win as a starter by beating Dontrelle Willis and the Marlins, 9-1, at Florida. Jorge allowed just one run on four hits over 6.0 innings, the only run coming on a Carlos Delgado fourth-inning homer. ... Pitched a solid game at PHI on 7/3 but did not earn the decision in a 4-3 win. Allowed just one hit in 5.1 innings, as Ryan Howard poked a three-run homer just over the left field wall for PHI's only score. ... Started on nine days' rest on 7/18 at SF and posted a 6-1 win. Allowed six hits and four walks and stranded nine runners on base in his 6.0 IP. ... His four-game winning streak from 6/28 to 8/2 matched his career high (9/4/03-7/31/04). ... Pitched a season-high 7.0 shutout innings at STL 8/7 at STL, but did not earn the win, as David Eckstein hit a one-out grand slam in the ninth inning for a 5-3 Cardinals win. ... Outdueled Mark Prior for the win at CHI on 8/24, going 6.0 IP and allowing just one run on four hits. Jorge found out the day before he was to start when Mike Hampton was placed on the DL. ... Made three relief appearances between his 8/12 and 8/24 starts. ... Suffered his third loss in a 3-2 decision vs. WSH on 8/30, allowing three runs on nine hits in 5.0 IP, as the Braves stranded 13 runners on base. ... Posted his 10th win with a 9-3 decision over the Reds on 9/3, allowing two earned runs in 5.0 IP. ... Had perhaps his best outing of the year with 8.0 shutout IP in a 4-0 win at WSH on 9/10. Allowed six hits, with no walks and three Ks. ... in his 12th game with a 6-4 win at PHI on 9/15. Jorge threw 110 pitches in 5.2 IP, allowing two runs on seven hits. ... Threw a season-high 115 pitches en route to his 13th win on 9/20 over PHI. Jorge tossed 6.2 shutout innings, allowing just two hits with a season-high seven strikeouts, but walked a career-high six batters...
2005 POSTSEASON HIGHLIGHTS: Division Series (Hou.): Started Game 3 in Houston and got the loss in a 7-3 Astros victory. He went 6.0 IP, allowing seven hits, three earned runs while walking two and fanning three. He was tagged for two first-inning runs and allowed a solo homer to Mike Lamb in the third inning, departing with a 3-2 deficit. 2006: Sosa began the season back in the rotation after signing a one year contract with the Braves. Unfortunately Sosa did not endure the success he had the previous season. Sosa started the season with a 2-9 record. With the Braves unstable bullpen, Bobby Cox moved Sosa to relief, hoping his success would return. When it did not, the Braves designated Sosa for assignment.
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