The Texas Rangers have been playing some damn fine baseball. So good in fact, that I had almost forgotten what a loss felt like. Then, yesterday happened, with the Rangers falling to the Rockies 11-7.
It was a weird game.
Colby Lewis—aka “Colbyashi,” the quiet assassin—basically had his worst start of the season. He surrendered seven earned runs on nine hits, but walked only one batter and gave up zero home runs…in bad Lewis starts, the long ball is usually his calling card for mediocrity.
Not last night though, as Lewis was really pretty decent. He struck out six over his four innings, and was well, just plain hittable.
Hey, it happens.
Here are some thoughts from yesterday’s affair in Arlington:
• If the game had started in the fifth inning, the Rangers would have won 6-3. Had it commenced in the fourth, it would have been a 7-6 Rangers win…and if the game had started in the sixth inning, well, we might still be playing out the 0-0 tie.
• Nelson Cruz was terrific at the plate yesterday, as he mashed two bombs in obvious Boomstick fashion. He knocked in four, and scored two runs to boot.
This was the first time Cruz had hit multiple home runs in a game since last year’s American League Championship Series, against the Detroit Tigers.
• Adrian Beltre continues to sizzle at the dish—Beltre was 3-for-5 with an RBI and has hit .459 over his last ten games.
• Josh Hamilton. I love the guy, don’t get me wrong. But, damn, is he in a funk. All kidding aside, he puts more bats in the stands than balls recently.
I’m willing to bet that in the upcoming “Josh Hamilton Movie” he’s going to leave out the part about June in 2012…in the month of June, Hami’s hitting just .191.
• Both Mike Napoli and Michael Young have disappointing seasons to date, but each have shown signs of coming out of their respective funks of late.
Young was 2-for-5 at the plate with an RBI, and Napoli did the same. Here’s hoping that they’re starting to heat up…
The three game series with the Colorado Rockies concludes this evening with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 (CT).
For the Rangers, LHP Matt Harrison (9-3, 3.41 ERA) takes on the Rockies’ RHP Alex White (2-5, 6.06 ERA).