Chicago White Sox: Yan Gomes

Andre Rienzo impresses in MLB debut

July, 30, 2013
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
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CLEVELAND -- Andre Rienzo made his major league debut one to remember for the Chicago White Sox with a solid seven innings against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night.

In a game being televised live back in his home country of Brazil, Rienzo gave up three runs over seven innings in a 7-4 loss, but none of the runs were earned. It was the first time a White Sox pitcher went at least seven innings without giving up an earned run in his debut since Jack McDowell also went seven scoreless innings in 1989.

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AP Photo/Tony DejakBrazilian pitcher Andre Rienzo says he hopes his country is proud of him after he made his major league debut for the White Sox.
Rienzo admitted to a bout of nerves, but seemed to be in control of his emotions on the mound.

"It was great to be here and a great experience," Rienzo said. "It was awesome."

With Jake Peavy traded to the Boston Red Sox after the completion of Tuesday's game, the right-handed Rienzo is expected to have a set spot in the White Sox's rotation moving forward. He figures to pitch again Sunday at Detroit.

As if nerves weren't enough, Rienzo was also facing the Cleveland Indians, who have another Brazil native in Yan Gomes. When Gomes and Rienzo faced each other in the third inning, it was the first time a pitcher from Brazil and a hitter from Brazil squared off in a major league game.

Gomes not only singled off Rienzo in the third inning, he walked off of him in the fifth inning with the bases loaded. It goes down as the first run Rienzo gave up in his major league career.

"I hope the Brazil is proud of me. I'm proud of Gomes," Rienzo said. "I hope if I have a chance next time to do better and help the team. I just want to open doors for guys coming. The talent is there, but I try to open doors. It's good."

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