Pineda pitched six strong innings for the Rainiers and got no decision in a game they eventually lost to the host Grizzlies, 2-1. Since debuting in 2006, Pineda has been dominant in the minor leagues and was recently promoted from AA where he was 8-1 with a 2.22 ERA and 17BB and 78K’s in 77IP.
Pineda threw 86 pitches against the Grizzlies, 59 for strikes, and walked one with four K’s. His first pitch of the game was an HBP and the runner then stole second after getting a huge jump. Pineda pitched out of trouble without allowing a run. A fourth-inning HR allowed to Joe Borchard was the only earned run given up.
The second inning was a dominant 1-2-3 as Pineda threw eight pitches, seven of them fastballs 94 MPH and above and covered first base to get the third out.
The fastball was clocked as high as 96 and he was in the upper 80’s with his cutter. He had good movement and control and didn’t get flustered when two of the first three batters reached base. After giving up the HR he blew away the next two hitters, striking them out on seven pitches total.
Having reached Triple A with good results by age 21, Pineda’s biggest obstacle appears to be the elbow soreness that bothered him last year as he only pitched 47 innings. On this night he showed no ill effects and had a very live arm.