Starting pitcher Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the Cincinnati Reds during the spring training game at Surprise Stadium on March 11, 2011.
After a 59-minute rain delay in the sixth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Oakland A's, many starting pitchers would've hit the showers.
Apparently, Colby Lewis isn't just one of many starting pitchers.
It's typical protocol for a pitcher to not return after a rain delay because their arms tend to cool off during the break, but Lewis re-entered the game on Tuesday and pitched into the eighth inning, going 7 1/3 innings while giving up just one run and one walk with an oddity mixed in.
Lewis didn't record a single strikeout in the outing after fanning 11 batters in his previous start.
Even still, Lewis appears to be dialed in after a slow start to the 2011 campaign.
In his past three starts, he's thrown 8 innings, 8 innings and 7 1/3 with a 2-1 record while giving up just six runs in that three-game span. Over that time, he's watched his ERA drop from a lofty 6.95 to a still-high, but one the right track and more respectable 4.57.
With the rotation issues being the way they have been recently, it's key for Lewis to keep this up and continue on what he showed the Rangers last season when he had a great ERA, got no run support, and was perhaps the best postseason pitcher the Rangers had in October — winning two games against the Yankees and getting the only win for the Rangers in the World Series loss to the Giants.