White Sox prospect Andre Rienzo didn’t allow a hit until the fifth inning, but ultimately lost his World Baseball Classic debut on Sunday.
Rienzo, who Baseball America rates the No. 7 prospect in the organization, started for Brazil, a 5-2 loser to Cuba in Fukuoka, Japan.
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The loss eliminates Brazil, who fell to Japan a day earlier, from the WBC.
Rienzo held a strong Cuba lineup hitless through four innings. He allowed two earned runs, a hit and four walks while striking out two. Rienzo threw strikes on 39 of 68 pitches.
The right-hander only pitched once for the White Sox this spring before he left for Japan last week. He didn’t retire any of the five San Francisco Giants batters he faced on Feb. 25 and allowed five earned runs, three hits and two walks.
Rienzo had been expected to start Brazil’s opener against Japan. After the Giants game, Rienzo was asked by handful of Japanese reporters about a potential start against the two-time defending WBC champions.
“I don’t know if (Brazil manager) Barry Larkin saw the game today and changes it,” Rienzo said. “I hope not.”