Rienzo tosses no-hitter; big leagues next?

2011 and 2012 Dash alum Andre Rienzo no-hit the Indianapolis Indians last night (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Dash alum Andre Rienzo tossed a no-hitter in game one of a doubleheader for Charlotte (Steve Orcutt/W-S Dash).

Just three nights after Scott Snodgress took a no-hitter into the ninth inning, fellow Dash alum Andre Rienzo no-hit the Indianapolis Indians last night in the front end of a doubleheader for Triple-A Charlotte.

The Knights took both seven-inning contests, but the nightcap was overshadowed by the Brazilian right-hander’s dazzling performance in the double dip opener on Christmas in July night down in Fort Mill, S.C.

Rienzo struck out a career-high 11 while tossing the seventh complete game of his career. He has been on fire this month for the Knights, going 3-0 with a 1.23 ERA in four starts with two complete games. After struggling at the start of the season and posting a 7.71 ERA in April, the Dash alum has lowered his earned run average by at least a full run each month since.

It has been a whirlwind month for Rienzo, as he added a scoreless inning of work in the Sirius-XM All-Star Futures Game a few weeks back in New York to go with his dominance for the Knights. Could his phenomenal month end with his first promotion to the big leagues? ESPN Chicago’s Doug Padilla shared this thoughts on the matter last night:

A few Winston-Salem alums chimed in as well, offering their congratulations to the Brazilian righty:

Congratulations to Andre on the no-no, and best of luck to him whether his next outing is in the big leagues or his next turn in Charlotte’s rotation.

Winston-Salem and Carolina continue their four-game series tonight at BB&T Ballpark. Check back later today for our preview.

- Rob

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