ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Starting pitcher Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers looks in for the sign as he gets set to pitch against the San Francisco Giants in Game Three of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 30, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Colby Lewis
After Toronto's Jose Bautista hit a two-run home run on Monday night, two batters after Corey Patterson sent a three-run shot into the stands, the only thing I could say was "Oh, Colby."
It was depressing to see.
After struggling all season, Colby Lewis appeared to have found something against a really hot and cold Blue Jays lineup, and then in the top of the fifth inning, Lewis' wheels fell off as he gave up six runs in a game Texas eventually lost 6-4.
After Bautista's blast wasn't the end of it. The next batter, former Angel/Rangers killer Juan Rivera hit a solo shot to cap off the string of three home runs in four batters, which produced all of Toronto's runs on the night.
Lewis seemed to have turned a corner, and then in a flash, it was all down the drain.
Some have speculated Lewis might have a "dead arm" after far exceeding his previous high innings workload last season, and that could be the case.
Or is Lewis just another example of a one-hit wonder? The next Scott Feldman, perhaps? Lewis has much better stuff than Feldman, and has out pitches, so that's a pretty far conclusion to jump to at this point, but something definitely isn't right.
Let's just hope, looking back, that Monday night's pivotal fifth inning isn't pointed to in reference to the point in time where Lewis' run in Texas came to an end.