Rienzo’s big league debut

Andre Rienzo arrived in Cleveland to this sight ahead of his first appearance in the majors (Chicago White Sox).

Andre Rienzo arrived to this sight ahead of his first major league start (Chicago White Sox).

As we mentioned yesterday, Brazilian right-hander Andre Rienzo became the 14th Dash alum to get the call to the big leagues and the first Brazilian born pitcher to appear in a major league game.

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:

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:

A few of Rienzo’s former clubs chimed in with their congratulations on the excellent debut:

Plenty of fans showed Rienzo some love after his stellar debut, too:

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.

– Rob

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