Rienzo’s big league debut
The 2011 and 2012 alum was given the start last night in Cleveland in place of Jake Peavy, who was scratched amid trade rumors and later dealt to the Boston Red Sox after the game.
Coming off a seven-inning no-hitter in his final start for Triple-A Charlotte last week, Rienzo did not disappoint in his major league debut, striking out six Indians in seven frames of work. He allowed just three runs, all of which were unearned, against a Tribe offense that has the third-most runs scored in the majors.
The righty’s performance impressed media members and teammates alike:
Andre Rienzo has a really good hook. He also has a nice pace. Going right at guys. Good start.
— Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) July 30, 2013
Welcome Andre Rienzo . Good job brother . Throwing strike in control. Tough one boy #thisisbrazil .. Bueno mi Hermano wepa aribaariba !Sox
— hector santiago (@HecSantiago53) July 31, 2013
Meanwhile, @andre_rienzo with a great debut tonight. His high energy has been somewhat absent from struggling White Sox.
— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) July 31, 2013
Rienzo also made some history in the third when facing Indians catcher Yan Gomes, as the two became the first pair of Brazilians to face off in a Major League contest:
Yan Gomes just singled off Andre Rienzo. They’re the only Brazilian-born players ever in MLB.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) July 31, 2013
A few of Rienzo’s former clubs chimed in with their congratulations on the excellent debut:
— Winston-Salem Dash (@WSDashBaseball) July 31, 2013
Andre Rienzo’s final line tonight: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO (no-decision). A solid debut for the first Brazilian-born MLB pitcher.
— Charlotte Knights (@KnightsBaseball) July 31, 2013
— Bristol Sox (@BristolSox) July 31, 2013
Plenty of fans showed Rienzo some love after his stellar debut, too:
@andre_rienzo Hey man it was great to see another pitcher on the mound who shows the same enthusiasm our departed Peavy did. Welcome!
— Kenneth E. Finan Jr. (@KenFinan) July 31, 2013
@andre_rienzo You did a great job tonight. All Sox fans see great things, and victories, in your future. Hope the ankle feel OK in the am.
— Siobhan (@siobhanoc1) July 31, 2013
@andre_rienzo, Welcome to the White Sox! Buen trabajo!! You're great. Happy to have you.
— Stephanie Bautista (@Stephhbeeee) July 31, 2013
With Peavy being traded to the Red Sox, this may be a lengthy trip to the big leagues for Rienzo. After his effort last night, he looks like he fits right in at the big league level.