Thoughts on a 6-3 Rangers win

Cooper Neill

Colby Lewis gets his first win since early summer, 2012

Rangers 6, ChiSox 3

  • Colby Lewis picked up his first win in the majors in roughly 22 months.  For the second game in a row, Lewis went 5.1 innings, though Ron Washington said he pulled Lewis when he did today because he wanted a lefthander to face Adam Dunn with runners on base.  Lewis now has a 4.22 ERA on the season.  I said before he was activated that I'd take it if Lewis could be a solid fifth starter, and he looks like he can do that.  If he can improve and get better, that would be great, but if this is the Colby Lewis we get in 2014, I'll take it in a heartbeat.  This is a pitcher who can help the Rangers win games.
  • Five of the eight guys in the bullpen appeared in the game today for the Rangers, including Aaron Poreda, who made his Ranger debut.  A sixth, Pedro Figueroa, was warming in the 8th inning when Alexi Ogando got into trouble.  The bullpen didn't exactly inspire a ton of confidence -- Poreda walked one of the two batters he faced, Ogando's command was poor and he allowed 4 of the 6 batters he faced to get on base, and Joakim Soria had a couple of loud outs in picking up the save in the 9th -- but they got the job done.
  • The Rangers are now 11-7, which gives them the second best record in the A.L.  That's the same record they had after 18 games in 2011.  In 2010, Texas was 8-10 after 18 games.
  • More signs of life from Prince Fielder at the plate...Fielder turn on an inside pitch and hit a moon shot into the right field seats for a home run in the 4th that gave Texas a 2-1 lead.  He's now tied with Robinson Chirinos and Kevin Kouzmanoff (who also homered today) for the team lead in homers, with 2.
  • Everyone in the lineup had a hit, and Shin-Soo Choo and Alex Rios each had three hits.  Choo has 9 hits off of LHPs so far this season, after having a total of 39 against them all last season.
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