Joel Pineiro can’t get things to sink in – LA Times

By Mike DiGiovanna
Los Angeles Times

Maybe it was the dry Arizona air, or maybe he was a little amped up for his first exhibition start in 10 days, but Joel Pineiro lost that sinking feeling in two of the three innings he pitched for the Angels on Sunday.

The sinker-ball specialist, scratched from last Tuesday’s start because of some emergency dental work, gave up two runs and four hits in the first inning and a two-run home run to Kevin Millar in the third inning of an 8-7 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

“Sometimes you feel too strong, you overthrow, and the ball flattens out,” Pineiro said. “If you get too powerful, you start getting the ball up. Maybe that was the case today