Texas Rangers’ starting pitching Colby Lewis accomplished a rare feat today. In fact, no one in the history of the game has ever pitched a game like he did today against the Baltimore Orioles. During his seven innings pitched, Colby Lewis allowed only five hits while striking out 12. You would think that would give Colby Lewis an easy win, however you would be wrong.
The game – which is the first game of a doubleheader – started out ominously for Colby Lewis when Ryan Flaherty, JJ Hardy, and Nick Markakis homered in consecutive at-bats to start the game. That’s the first time a team has started a game with three straight homers since the Milwaukee Brewers did it on September 9, 2007, which ironically included JJ Hardy as well.
After getting shellacked in the first, Colby Lewis settled down and didn’t allow another hit until the 7th inning. In that inning, he allowed home runs to Adam Jones and Wilson Betemit, giving Colby Lewis the incredibly unique line of 7 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 12 K, and 5 HR. He is the only pitcher ever to strike out more than 12 batters and allow five home runs in a game. My favorite thing about this performance is if you look at it sabermetrically, Colby Lewis allowed six runs, with a BABIP of .000. That, my friends, is hard to do.
This whole series between the Texas Rangers and the Baltimore Orioles hasn’t been your ordinary series. First off, it’s strange to see the Baltimore Orioles apart of a series that determines who has the best record in the American League. And secondly, we all remember what Josh Hamilton did the other night, becoming only the 16th man to hit four home runs in a game, and breaking the American League record for total bases at 18.
This isn’t the first time these two squads have had weird games. Who remembers the epic 30-3 win the Rangers had against the Orioles in 2007?
Needless to say, if the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers square off, you might see something you have never seen before. I’ll be on the look-out during game two tonight!
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