Remember last summer when the Rangers traded Justin Smoak to Seattle for Cliff Lee and some other guy who was injured?
Well, that other guy had his best outing as a Texas Ranger on Thursday night in the Rangers walk-off 2-1 loss to the Angels.
Mark Lowe was used as an eighth-inning set-up man for fill-in closer Mike Adams as Koji Uehera and Neftali Feliz were both unavailable, and Lowe was lights out.
You could tell when the TV crew showed shots of him warming in the bullpen that he was intently focused on the task at hand. After all, there was a lot on the line as a Rangers win would've meant church for the Angels in the AL West.
He did his job, sitting down the Angels in the eighth, while clinging to a 1-0 lead on just 11 pitches, nine of which were strikes with two strikeouts.
Lowe's performance blew up the Twitterverse. For example...
@espn_durrett: That might be Mark Lowe's best inning of the season. #timingperfect
@JacquesTaylor: Don't know that I've ever seen that Mark Lowe before. #supanasty
And perhaps the most impressive tweet of the night, before Lowe entered the game:
@espn_durrett: Mark Lowe looked confident even on his warmup pitches. This could be quick