ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 20: Pitching coach Mike Maddux #31 of the Texas Rangers and catcher Robinson Chirinos #61 meet with starting pitcher Colby Lewis #48 of the Texas Rangers during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners at Globe Life Park in Arlington on May 20, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. Seattle won 6-2. (Photo by Brandon Wade/Getty Images)
Colby Lewis was riding a streak of two straight quality starts and a start before those that narrowly missed qualifying for a quality start — minimum of six innings pitched, maximum of three earned runs.
For some reason, I don't think 13 runs allowed in 2 1/3 innings qualifies.
That's what Lewis allowed on Thursday night, as it took less than 10 minutes for the Angels to jump out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning en route to a blowout 15-6 victory.
Lewis became the first Rangers pitcher to allow 13 runs in a game, besting Charlie Hough and John Burkett, who each allowed 12. Granted, Lewis didn't get a lot of help from his defense behind, most notably a dropped sac fly by Alex Rios, but he wasn't good either, leaving way too many pitches over the plate and allowing the Angels' hitters to tee off on him for the entirety of his outing.
It was a rough night all the way around, but it was no tougher on anyone than Lewis, who saw a solid couple of weeks for the rehabbing pitcher spiral down the drain and go back to square one, as he saw his ERA climb by more than a full run to 6.54.