Rangers 4, A's 0
- Colby Lewis, man.
- I've gotta admit...even though I'm a stalwart Colby Lewis backer, his last three starts had me worried. I was thinking, maybe the long season was catching up with him, maybe his team-leading innings total had wore him down now that we are in September.
- And then he goes out and does this -- pitches a complete game two hitter, a game where he seemed in control from the first pitch to the last. By the fourth inning, I was thinking no hitter -- that leadoff double in the 8th seemed like even more of a letdown because you could see the potential for a no-no from early on, because there was a great diving catch by Delino DeShields on a sinking liner to save a hit early on, and another great play by Rougned Odor to snag a pop up in shallow right that seemed certain to fall in. The Odor play, in particular, was one where you feel like, maybe today's the day.
- And it wasn't the day, for a no-hitter at least. We'll just have to be satisfied with a 97 pitch complete game shutout by Colby.
- As far as the bats go, the Rangers put up 3 runs in the first, and then pretty much decided to step back and let Colby do his thing. The 3 runs scored on Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre singles, followed by back-to-back doubles by Mitch Moreland and Rougned Odor. The final run came in the 7th, when Chris Gimenez doubled, Delino DeShields sac bunted him over to third, and Choo singled him home.
- But yeah...the offense wasn't the story tonight. The story tonight was Colbyashi. He did work.