Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington tried putting right-hander Colby Lewis in a position to "take one for the team" Thursday night, even though Lewis was more about giving. Lewis gave up hit after hit, and run after run, against the Los Angeles Angels. Lewis couldn't really come through in the longevity department, either, so that the Rangers bullpen might be spared. He managed to get only seven outs (2 1/3 innings) before being replaced.
In doing so, Lewis "took the worst beating in franchise history," the Dallas Morning News reported, allowing a whopping 13 runs (11 earned) and 13 hits in a 15-6 loss to the Angels at Globe Life Park. His ERA jumped from 5.51 to 6.64.
Checking with Baseball Reference, it's the first time since at least 1914 that a pitcher has allowed at least 13 hits in 2 1/3 innings or fewer. Also, since '14, there have been only nine other games where a pitcher has allowed at least 11 earned runs while getting seven or fewer outs. Lewis packed a lot in there.
Here's Trout taking Lewis deep for a three-run homer to finish him off:
Conversely, the Rangers' fourth relief pitcher of the game — catcher Chris Gimenez —pitched a perfect ninth in his major league debut on the mound. He even struck out Chris Cron:
Easy, peazy! Lewis probably wasn't smiling, though. The Angels have won seven of eight games, while the Rangers fell to 38-54 — the worst record in the majors. They came into the season having won at least 90 games in four straight years.
Via the Associated Press, the Rangers circled the wagons after the game:
The Rangers clubhouse remained closed for about 30 minutes after the game. Washington refused to reveal what he said to his team, but gave some insight into what he expects from his players.
''That you don't stop fighting. You don't give into adversity. The game of baseball is full of it. You don't give in to it,'' he said. ''The only people that can make a change and make a difference is my guys. ''
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