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Thoughts on a 7-3 Rangers win

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Rangers 7, Indians 3

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Rangers 7, Indians 3

  • How about that Colby Lewis, huh?  A six inning outing, no runs, just two hits (both in the third inning), two walks (both in the sixth inning), and two strikeouts.  Colby was lifted after just 99 pitches, and I had thought he might be left in for another inning, but after struggling with his command in the sixth, it was apparently determined that Colby's night was done.
  • Colby is now sporting a spiffy 3.09 ERA on the season.
  • Tony Barnette gave up a pair of runs in the seventh, and although the Rangers got those runs back, plus another, in the eighth, giving the team a four run lead, Jeff Banister went with Jake Diekman in the 8th, with Diekman throwing a scoreless inning.
  • In the ninth, both Matt Bush and Sam Dyson were warming, which seemed kind of perplexing to me...both have been used a lot so far, and with a four run lead, you would assume Luke Jackson or Alex Claudio could pitch the ninth.  Apparently, both pitchers were up because Banister wanted Dyson to pitch if it was a four run game, but not a five run game, because once the Rangers added an insurance run in the top of the ninth, Bush got the call.
  • It was Bush's sixth appearance in nine days, and that sort of workload doesn't appear to agree with him, as after a grounder to start the inning, he gave up three straight singles, and was yanked for Dyson.  Bush's average fastball velocity today was 95.5 mph, per Brooks Baseball, with a max of 96 mph.  When he was first called up, Bush was throwing 99 mph.  It seems like a guy who was in prison the past couple of years may not be equipped to pitch as often as he's being asked to so far this year,
  • Anyway, it ended up with Bush and Dyson both having to pitch in a game the Rangers were up five in the ninth in, and my guess is Bush is unavailable tomorrow.  In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if the Rangers sent Bush down in the near future, because it appears he's suffering from this workload.
  • On to more positive things...it was a big offensive night for Texas against Corey Kluber, one of the better pitchers in the A.L.  Jared Hoying and Bryan Holaday combined to get Texas on the board with a single and home run combo -- and I know before the season we were expecting Hoying and Holaday to be fueling the offense -- and a Jurickson Profar solo shot made it a 3-0 game.
  • Texas put three more on the board in the eighth, with Holaday and Profar singles being followed by Desmond and Beltre doubles, and the final run came in the ninth, courtesy of an Elvis Andrus single, a stolen base, and a Hoying RBI single.
  • Two hit days for Hoying, Holaday, Profar and Beltre, while Prince Fielder was 0 for 4.  Prince now has a 561 OPS on the season.
  • And hey, Texas is still in first place, is a game back of the best record in the A.L., and has Cole Hamels going tomorrow.  Woo-Hoo!!!