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Thoughts on a 3-2 Rangers win

Good Colby Lewis paid us a visit tonight

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Rangers 3, Yankees 2

  • A series win!!!  Woo!!!!!
  • Sending Derek Jeter home from his last game at TBiA with a loss!!!!  Woooooooooo!!!!!
  • We've talked about Colby Lewis and his inconsistencies this year, looking okay one game, looking terrible one game, having a game where he looks good for four innings then has a disaster inning.  This was a Good Colby start, though, and was his second straight Quality Start.  Since the awful 13 runs game against the Mets, Colby has allowed 7 runs in 18.1 innings.  He said after the game, while being interviewed by Emily Jones, that this season has been about figuring out what his body can do, and he said that, in the second half of the season, he's had a better sense of how his hip feels and what he's capable of.  We'll see if Colby can continue this sort of performance the rest of the way.
  • The final line was 7 IP, 4 hits, 4 Ks, 2 walks, 2 runs.  Both walks, and two of the four hits, came in the first inning...Brett Gardner led off the game with a homer, and then, after Derek Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury were retired, Lewis went walk-single-walk to load the bases with two outs.  A Francisco Cervelli fielder's choice grounder to shortstop, however, got Lewis out of the inning (despite Elvis lobbing a throw to Odor that was too soft and almost went over Odor's head), and things went smoothly after that.  Ellsbury had a homer in the third, and Beltran had a two-out single in the third, but after the Beltran single, Lewis retired the final 13 batters he faced.
  • Neal Cotts and Neftali Feliz each pitched a scoreless inning, Cotts the 8th and Feliz the 9th, and while it required a nice play on the part of Adam Rosales at first base to get the 27th out, Feliz did his job again today, despite the velocity still not being there.
  • Once again, this may have been Neal Cotts' last appearance as a Ranger.
  • Speaking of players who might be traded, Alex Rios left today's game in the fifth because of a sore quad as a result of an HBP in the third inning.  Or at least, that's what they said the reason for him leaving was...
  • The Rangers jumped on Hiroki Kuroda in the first inning, scoring all three of their runs in that inning.  The runs scored on an Elvis Andrus RBI double, and Adrian Beltre RBI single, and a Leonys Martin RBI single.
  • The Rangers once again had quite a few baserunners -- 13 on the game, with 9 hits, 3 walks and the Rios HBP -- but once again, it was mostly singles (Elvis's first inning double was the only XBH), and the offense stranded 9 runners.
  • Still, it didn't really matter.  The Rangers won, and winning is fun.