As great as Colby Lewis has been this season for the Rangers, Wednesday's outing showed exactly why he should garner so much respect from Rangers fans and possibly, one day, end up in consideration for the Rangers Hall of Fame.
No, Lewis didn't extend his streak of going seven innings to six starts. In fact, he failed to record an out in the sixth and allowed six earned runs on eight hits. But in its own respect, what he did on Wednesday was huge.
Lewis allowed four runs in the first two innings, and if he were anyone other than probably Cole Hamels, he would've been yanked then and there and contributed to a burning at the stake of the Rangers' shaky bullpen.
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Instead, Lewis ended up working 1-2-3 innings in the third and fourth before allowing another run in the fifth. He went back out for the sixth inning but failed to record an out and was out of the game.
Still, he preserved what easily could've been three extra innings of work for the Rangers' bullpen, and to top it off, he still came out of the game with his fourth win of the season stacked up against zero losses.
Lewis had his worst start of the year on Wednesday, but in some respect, it was just as impressive as his others.