White Sox Brazilian rookie pitcher Rienzo has another good outing
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org August 4, 2013 10:31PM
Updated: August 4, 2013 10:55PM
DETROIT — Good pitching hasn’t prevented the White Sox from falling 29 games under .500. Andre Rienzo might be another reason why the feeling around the franchise, while maybe helpless right now, isn’t hopeless.
Rienzo followed his seven innings of no earned runs allowed in his first start with six good innings Sunday. He retired 14 straight Tigers in one stretch and gave up two runs.
The Sox need a right-hander in the rotation next season, and the Brazilian-born Rienzo could compete for that role with Class AAA prospect Erik Johnson.
Rienzo walked the first two batters he faced in the seventh. That was his undoing.
“He’ll learn from that,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “You realize you can’t put guys on, especially with this kind of lineup.’’
“I need to work more for the next one, so that kind of mistake doesn’t happen again,’’ Rienzo said. “I helped the team with six innings; next time I hope to have more.’’
Adam Dunn’s home run to center against Rick Porcello was estimated at 462 feet, one of the longest at Comerica Park, where distance records are sketchy. Eric Munson and Miguel Cabrera are the only others to reach the tall evergreens behind the camera well.
Dunn’s 26th homer and 432nd of his career surpassed Cal Ripken for 43rd on the all-time list. Dunn went 4-for-5 to raise his average to .226. He’s batting .308 over his last 48 games.
Sticking to the lineup
Ventura has stayed with the same lineup throughout the season. He and bench coach Mark Parent have discussed significant changes but nothing more.
“Absolutely,’’ Ventura said. ‘‘I remember Dunn led off before. Believe me, there’s been thoughts of trying to do something that totally breaks the mold. Again, you can’t go crazy with it. But there is a certain amount you want to mix things up.’’
Three Sox starters rank in the top seven of the American League in lowest run-support average. Chris Sale leads the majors with 2.47 runs per nine innings. John Danks is third in the AL with 3.11, and Hector Santiago is seventh with 3.65.
During the losing streak, Sox starters have an ERA of 2.74.