It feels like the last month for the Rangers has been all about trying their damndest to help Bartolo Colon get one more big league win so he can claim the title of all-time winningest Latin-born pitcher. As of right now, Colon remains tied with Dennis Martinez for the record.
This has been true since Colon won his 245th game back on June 30.
Since that game, Colon has allowed 17 runs in his latest four starts with tonight’s six runs being the most that he’s allowed since his worst start as a Rangers when he allowed eight runs to the Dodgers back on June 12.
And yet, despite the ageless one’s less than stellar overall performance, the Rangers kept sending him out there as he righted the ship in the middle innings and they started chipping away at the A’s lead. In the end, Colon gave Texas seven innings and left in a one-run game.
Alas, the Rangers couldn’t get that go-ahead run before Colon was in the game and he was lifted after throwing 105 pitches on another hot night in Texas. The A’s scored an insurance run in the top of the eighth and the Rangers added another run themselves before succumbing to the 7-6 final score.
Colon will have to wait yet again to make that final climb and you have to think that the Rangers will keep trying their hardest to help him get there.
Player of the Game: Forever trade bait Jurickson Profar tripled in two and drew a walk for Texas as the offense scored five runs and saw everyone except for Rougned Odor and Carlos Tocci reach base at least once.
Up Next: I’ll give you the bad news first: The Rangers have looked like utter horse crap in July and will next face the Houston Astros with Yovani Gallardo set to face off against LHP Dallas Keuchel in Friday’s opener. The good news? This will already be the final series between these two teams this season. First pitch of the opener from Minute Maid Park is scheduled for 7:10 pm CT.