Jun 072012
Colby Lewis 2

Quality start by Lewis down the drain

Rangers look to Yu after being BartoloedNobody is as eager to see the dominance of the Rangers offense return as Colby Lewis.  For the second straight outing and the third time in his last five starts, Colby Lewis has pitched well….well enough to win…but has taken the “L” due to a lack of run support.  Last night was the worst of them, as the Rangers offense was shut out by 39 year old Bartolo Colon and Oakland closer Brian Fuentes.

“That was an amazing pitching performance and we wasted it because we couldn’t put any runs on the board,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said. “We still have some guys who are not playing up to their offensive capability right now. We’re a little inconsistent on the offensive side. We’ve got to keep grinding it out and we’ll get it together. There are nights we put it together and nights where we don’t put it together. I guess you could say we’re inconsistent.”

Lewis pitched 8 innings, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits, while striking 3 and walking none (throwing 101 pitches), but the game was essentially over in the bottom of the 2nd when Brandon Inge drove in Yoenis Cespedes – the game winning run.  The Rangers bats were shut down by Colon who scattered 5 hits over 8 innings of work before handing the ball off to Fuentes to wrap up the win.

“You hate to not give a guy credit when he does that well, but you’d think as good as our offense is, we’d get something done,” outfielder David Murphy said. “He didn’t try to trick us. He threw all fastballs. He changed locations, so he mixed it up in that regard, but he beat us by throwing fastballs. Obviously we didn’t have a great night offensively.”

Get the Split with Yu

Darvish (7-3, 3.21 ERA) takes the mound today for the series finale in Oakland.  He beat the A’s last time he faced them (May 16th), 4-1.

The A’s will counter with former Ranger Brandon McCarthy (4-3, 2.95 ERA) who has a career record of 1-4 against the Rangers, but looked good in his last start (against Royals) after a stint on the DL.

“He feels good,” Melvin said. “We’re trying to take care of him as far as pitch counts, trying not to overdo it. We feel like the 15-day DL was something that probably stemmed the tide a little bit. We monitor him each and every time — his bullpens, his games. To this point he feels good.”

2:35pm first pitch.

Quick Hits

  • After some early season bumps, Joe Nathan has settled in and has been nothing short of dominant lately.  From Jon Star (MLB.com):

Nathan has retired 27 of the last 31 batters he’s faced, leading to 10 consecutive shutout innings. He has struck out 13 hitters in that span, and his 28-to-2 strikeout-to-walk ratio is a Major League-best among all relievers. Nathan has surrendered just one earned run over his last 19 2/3 innings.

  • Also from Star:

The Rangers are the only team to boast three players with a qualifying batting average above .300 — Josh Hamilton (.343), Elvis Andrus (.303) and Adrian Beltre (.301).

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