Some thoughts from the Rangers' 6-2 victory Wednesday night, their seventh straight at Progressive Field. Only 10,071 fans saw it, the smallest crowed in the history of this once always-sold-out ballpark.
Colby Lewis has made the Rangers look fairly intelligent so far after two starts. They signed him away from the Hiroshima Carp to throw strikes and log innings. He might not have logged the innings they are expecting Wednesday, going only 5 1/3, but he was about an inch from striking out Jhonny Peralta on a full-count pitch that probably would have gotten him through six. But Lewis will battle. He threw 117 pitches, 74 for strikes, and tied his career-high with 10 strikeouts.
Last year, there were only six instances of a big-league pitchers striking out 10 hitters in 5 1/3 or fewer innings. Rich Harden did it twice.
Julio Borbon when 2 for 4 to give him three hits on the season. He also stole his first base, scored his first run and collected his first two RBI with a single in the eighth inning that supplied some breathing room. His reward is probably going to be a day off today as manager Ron Washington tries to keep David Murphy in the flow, but, as Borbon is hoping, those two hits could be the start of a something good.
There's not much more to say about Nelson Cruz's start, but he's proving that 2009 was no fluke. If anything, the 33 homers might look like a fluke after hit swats in the 40s this year. Probably don't need to get ahead of ourselves there, but it's hard not to do that right now.
Neftali Feliz might be available to close today after getting the final four outs. The Rangers did not consider using Frank Francisco to protect the four-run lead once Chris Ray walked two straight with two outs in the eighth.
Matt Treanor has started twice and has two two-hit games. The lineups haven't been posted yet, but it wouldn't be a shock to see him starting again today for the slumping/food-poisoned Taylor Teagarden even though it's a day game after a night game.
-- Jeff Wilson