For now, Andre Rienzo won't lose his spot in the White Sox rotation.
The Brazilian right-hander struggled again on Sunday, allowing a devilish six runs on six hits in six innings in the White Sox 6-3 loss to Kansas City at U.S. Cellular Field.
Eric Hosmer hit a two-run homer in the first and Salvador Perez golfed a three-run shot in the third to do most of Kansas City's damage as Rienzo struggled to keep the ball down and in the ballpark. While Rienzo's allowed 21 runs (18 earned) in his last 18 innings, he's not in jeopardy of a demotion to the bullpen or minor leagues.
"Right now we're going to keep going with it," manager Robin Ventura said. "We'll reassess that, but he's just got to pitch better."
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Early on, Ventura said Rienzo was "erratic," though he settled down and only allowed one run between the fourth and sixth innings. Rienzo hopes he found something in those three solid innings, in which he only gave up an RBI single to Jarrod Dyson.
"(Besides) the two homers, I think today was way better than the last time," Rienzo said, referencing the seven runs he allowed in 3 2/3 innings against the Angels on June 6.
At the least, Rienzo's middle-inning success managed to keep the White Sox within striking distance. His start didn't spiral out of control, and the hope is he found something on which to build for his next start.
"He battled once he got through that," Ventura said. "He at least got us to a point where we could go to (the bullpen)."