Pino's debut worth the wait as Twins top White Sox

The 30-year-old pitched seven strong innings before Joe Mauer helped the Twins halt their skid.

Yohan Pino didn’t look overwhelmed in his major league debut Thursday night, but he was anxious before it.

Pino’s 10-season wait to reach the majors was nearly over, but heavy rains that socked the Twin Cities forced his debut to be delayed 2 hours, 6 minutes. The righthander had to wait a little longer.

“For 10 years,” Pino said, “I just wanted to go out and throw that first pitch.”

That first pitch was a strike, thrown at 9:16 p.m. A lot of his other pitches were strikes too. And Pino kept the Twins in the game long enough for them to come up with two runs in the eighth inning, leading to a 4-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Target Field that ended their five-game losing streak.

“I’m just happy,” said Pino, who at age 30 became the oldest Twins player to make a major league debut.

Danny Santana led off the eighth with a single off White Sox reliever Rob Petricka and went to third on Brian Dozier’s single to right. Petricka, a Faribault High School product, got ahead of Joe Mauer 0-2, but he worked the count full before slapping a pitch down the left-field line to drive in Santana. Dozier later scored on Kurt Suzuki’s sacrifice fly.

Pino didn’t get a decision, being pulled after 94 pitches for Casey Fien (4-4), who earned the victory a day after taking the loss at Boston. Glen Perkins earned the save, pitching around a one-out single in the ninth inning to retire Adam Dunn and Alexei Ramirez.

But Pino was the story, holding Chicago to two runs over seven innings on five hits, one walk and seven strikeouts.

“That was wonderful to watch,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said of Pino. “He changed speeds just as advertised. His fastball looks a lot harder when he’s using the fastball, the slider and the changeup.”

Having pitched 10 seasons in the minors, Pino has developed a feel for reading hitters that he can use in the majors. At least that’s what Twins assistant GM Ron Antony implied before the game. Pino was 9-1 with a 1.92 ERA in 14 games, seven starts, at Class AAA Rochester this year, forcing the Red Wings to remove Scott Diamond from the rotation to make room for him.

“He pitches like a veteran, and he is a veteran,” Antony said. “Just not major league.”

Pino has some Phil Hughes in him in that he loves to get ahead early in the count and pound the strike zone. He failed to throw a first-pitch strike only four times during the first five innings. He kept hitters guessing starting off mashers Jose Abreu and Adam Dunn with his big breaking ball in the second inning.

The Twins took a 1-0 lead in the second when Josh Willingham pounded a high fastball from Chicago starter Jose Quintana down the left field line for a long home run. But Chicago got to Pino in the third when they loaded the bases before Conor Gillaspie lined a two-run single to center. Pino got a big second out on the single when Dozier took Sam Fuld’s throw and tagged out Gordon Beckham, who had gone too far past the bag.

Mauer tied the score in the third with an RBI single to left, only his second RBI this month. Mauer went 2-for-4 with two RBI, his first multi-RBI game since May 3.

Were the runs off Pino in the third signs of trouble? Nope. Pino retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced, stranding Alejandro De Aza in the fifth following his leadoff single. There were a few deep fly balls hit off him, but a pitcher can get away with that at Target Field.

“His presence on the mound was like he’s been up here actually doing this,” said Suzuki, the Twins catcher. “Just to see his face after, he was just so happy. That’s the kind of stuff you like to see.”

Pino was asked if he ever worried that he would never realize his major league dreams.

“At times I found it difficult,” he said, “but I had to just keep working and. by God, I was able to do it.”



 

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Chicago 17 FINAL
Detroit 34
Philadelphia 33 FINAL
Dallas 10
Seattle 19 4th Qtr 5:55
San Francisco 3
Cleveland 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Washington 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Indianapolis
Tennessee 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Houston
San Diego 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
NY Giants 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Cincinnati 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Oakland 11/30/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
New Orleans 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Carolina 11/30/14 12:00 PM
Minnesota
Arizona 11/30/14 3:05 PM
Atlanta
New England 11/30/14 3:25 PM
Green Bay
Denver 11/30/14 7:30 PM
Kansas City
Miami 12/1/14 7:30 PM
NY Jets
Edmonton 0 FINAL(OT)
Nashville 1
ULM 54 FINAL
Robert Morris 71
Santa Clara 57 FINAL
Tennessee 64
Oklahoma 59 FINAL
Butler 46
Austin Peay 79 FINAL
Brown 58
Princeton 56 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 62
Coastal Carolina 67 FINAL
Chattanooga 78
Kansas 76 FINAL
Rhode Island 60
Wisconsin 68 FINAL
Georgetown 65
FIU 53 FINAL
USC Upstate 68
Long Island 54 FINAL
Stony Brook 73
San Diego 71 FINAL
Xavier 82
Illinois 88 FINAL
Indiana State 62
Cal State Fullerton 67 FINAL
Wright State 62
Western Ky 62 FINAL
Saint Josephs 59
Michigan State 77 FINAL
Rider 45
UCLA 56 FINAL
North Carolina 78
Long Beach State 73 FINAL
Western Mich 55
Marquette 72 FINAL
Georgia Tech 70
Stephen F Austin 73 FINAL
Prairie View 61
UAB 47 2nd Half 3:59
Florida 45
Rice 49 2nd Half 6:14
Mercer 53
San Jose St 0 1st Half 15:24
Washington 8
Washington St 10:59 PM
UC Santa Barbara
Baylor 10:59 PM
Memphis
LSU 23 FINAL
Texas A&M 17
(6) TCU 48 FINAL
Texas 10
Northern Ill 11/28/14 10:00 AM
Western Mich
Nebraska 11/28/14 11:00 AM
Iowa
Western Ky 11/28/14 11:00 AM
(19) Marshall
UCF 11/28/14 11:00 AM
So Florida
Houston 11/28/14 11:00 AM
SMU
Akron 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Kent State
Ball State 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Bowling Green
Buffalo 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Massachusetts
Toledo 11/28/14 12:00 PM
Eastern Mich
Arkansas 11/28/14 1:30 PM
(17) Missouri
Navy 11/28/14 2:00 PM
South Alabama
(13) Arizona State 11/28/14 2:30 PM
(12) Arizona
Stanford 11/28/14 2:30 PM
(9) UCLA
(21) Colorado State 11/28/14 2:30 PM
Air Force
Virginia 11/28/14 7:00 PM
Virginia Tech
East Carolina 11/28/14 7:30 PM
Tulsa
North Texas 11/29/14 11:00 AM
TX-San Antonio
Old Dominion 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Fla Atlantic
(16) Georgia Tech 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(8) Georgia
Kentucky 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(24) Louisville
So Carolina 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(23) Clemson
West Virginia 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
Rice 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Louisiana Tech
Michigan 11/29/14 11:00 AM
(7) Ohio State
Purdue 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Indiana
Illinois 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Northwestern
Cincinnati 11/29/14 11:00 AM
Temple
NC State 11/29/14 11:30 AM
North Carolina
Syracuse 11/29/14 11:30 AM
Boston College
Louisiana 11/29/14 11:30 AM
Troy
Utah 11/29/14 12:00 PM
Colorado
Texas State 11/29/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Idaho 11/29/14 1:00 PM
Appalachian St
Wyoming 11/29/14 2:00 PM
New Mexico
New Mexico St 11/29/14 2:00 PM
Arkansas State
UAB 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Southern Miss
(4) Miss State 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(18) Ole Miss
Notre Dame 11/29/14 2:30 PM
USC
(10) Michigan State 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Penn State
(22) Minnesota 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(14) Wisconsin
(5) Baylor 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Texas Tech
Florida 11/29/14 2:30 PM
(1) Florida State
Rutgers 11/29/14 2:30 PM
Maryland
San Jose St 11/29/14 2:30 PM
San Diego St
Tennessee 11/29/14 3:00 PM
Vanderbilt
Kansas 11/29/14 3:00 PM
(11) Kansas State
Connecticut 11/29/14 3:00 PM
Memphis
BYU 11/29/14 3:30 PM
California
ULM 11/29/14 5:00 PM
Ga Southern
Middle Tennessee 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Hawaii 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Fresno State
Wake Forest 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Duke
Pittsburgh 11/29/14 6:00 PM
Miami-Florida
(15) Auburn 11/29/14 6:45 PM
(2) Alabama
(3) Oregon 11/29/14 7:00 PM
Oregon State
Utah State 11/29/14 9:15 PM
(25) Boise State
Washington 11/29/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
Nevada 11/29/14 9:30 PM
UNLV
UCF 12/4/14 6:30 PM
East Carolina
Hamilton 11/30/14 5:00 PM
Calgary
Hartford 43 FINAL
Furman 53
Clemson 77 FINAL
Ohio State 86
Idaho State 53 FINAL
San Diego State 68
East Carolina 58 FINAL
(22) Syracuse 69
Santa Clara 0 Cancelled
Texas-El Paso 0
Florida State 68 FINAL
Washington 80
Wichita State 39 FINAL
Fla Gulf Coast 56
Wisconsin 44 FINAL
(1) South Carolina 67
Kansas State 0 Cancelled
LSU 0
BYU 73 FINAL
BYU-Hawaii 52
Charlotte 58 FINAL
Montana 67
Illinois 77 FINAL
(9) Kentucky 71
Central Michigan 61 FINAL
Richmond 56
Oklahoma 68 FINAL
South Florida 83
Princeton 72 FINAL
Wake Forest 55
(19) Oregon State 85 FINAL
Butler 53
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: What do you think of the new Twins home uniforms?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close