The rain relented. The Tigers mustered nothing beyond Ian Kinsler’s version of the wave. And, believe it or not, the temperature during a June 24 game in Arlington was 70 degrees.
And then, just like that, arrived the 7th inning.
Hide the women and children, this isn’t going to be pretty.
Colby Lewis was sailing along through six innings, even working in a couple of seven-pitch frames after surrendering Kinsler’s first-inning homer. But a 1-1 pitchers’ duel suddenly became unhinged, as Victor Martinez greeted Lewis with a long double off the center-field wall. It got worse. Much, much worse.
J.D. Martinez then bettered Martinez’ blast, sending one onto Greene’s Hill for a 3-1 Tigers’ lead. Detroit loaded the bases and then totally beat up on reliever Ben Rowen, who allowed two runs on three hits. The bottom totally fell out when manager Ron Washington had Rowen intentionally walk Miguel Cabrera to load the bases. But when he summoned Shawn Tolleson from the bullpen, the reliever promptly walked Martinez to force in a run to make it 6-1.
Lewis gave up four of the runs, 11 Tigers batted, the Rangers allowed six hits and left the inning trailing by five. The deflating 8-2 loss left the Rangers with six straight losses and just 35 wins. In the AL only the Astros and Rays have fewer.
The good news: Lewis pitched into the 7th inning for the first time this season.
The bad news: It was one of the Rangers’ worst innings of the year.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.