”It’s a moment I’m going to never forget and hopefully there will be more to come,” Herrmann said.
The 25-year-old Rienzo, from Sao Paulo, Brazil, is one of four starters in the White Sox who is 25 or younger, an encouraging sign that better days lie ahead for a team that has languished at the bottom of the AL Central for most of the season.
”I tried to give the team a chance to win,” Rienzo said. “That’s my job. Happy that I only had one bad inning that I needed to get out of the quicksand. I tried to get out today. I was so-so, but giving the team a chance to win is my focus on the time.”
After giving up the single to Willingham that cut his lead to 3-2 in the sixth, Ventura stuck with the rookie, who got Oswaldo Arcia to groundout to end the inning. Another lesson learned for the young team.
”Part of it is leaving him in there to get through that,” Ventura said. “He gets the big out in the sixth, and it’s part of growing up in the game and getting better.”
White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham left the game in the fourth inning with a strained right quadriceps. Beckham, who leads the team with a .310 average, went 1 for 2 with a single and a run scored before being pulled for what the team called precautionary reasons. It’s the latest setback for an oft-injured player who missed most of the first two months of the season with a broken hamate bone in his left hand.
”Just something that’s been kind of nagging me but I’ve been playing through,” Beckham said. “I think it just showed up tonight more than it had in the past.”