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Postgame notes: Colby Lewis's quality start, Luis Sardinas optioned to Round Rock

Postgame notes: Colby Lewis's quality start, Luis Sardinas optioned to Round Rock

Credit: USA TODAY Sports

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis (48) throws during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Globe Life Park in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

by LANDON HAAF

WFAA Sports

Posted on June 29, 2014 at 6:10 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 29 at 6:12 PM

Game Recap: Twins edge Soria, Rangers, 3-2

  • Effective Monday, Luis Sardinas will be optioned to Triple-A Round Rock. Utility man Adam Rosales will return to the major leagues to take his spot.

“We wanted [Sardinas] to play,” manager Ron Washington said. “He’s 20 years old, he’s done a great job for us, but I don’t think he’s developing sitting here.”

“It will be good for him to go through the challenges of playing the game of baseball and reacting to all the situations the game gives to you,” Wash said.

The Rangers will need to make a corresponding 40-man roster move, but have plenty of disabled list flexibility to work with.

  • Coming into the game, lefties were batting .383 against Colby Lewis this season. Six hitters in the Minnesota lineup Sunday bat either left-handed or switch. Those hitters were a combined 4-for-14 (.285) off Lewis Sunday afternoon.

The two run-scoring hits against Lewis in the third inning both came from left-handed batters.

By the numbers, Sunday looks to be one of Colby’s best outings of the season. It was his first quality start since June 17 of 2012, and he threw 68 percent strikes, pounding the zone with multiple effective pitches. The five hits allowed ties a season low, and his eight strikeouts match a season high.

Sunday’s outing comes after he pitched into the seventh inning against Detroit five days ago.

“I was able to build off my last start and go from there,” Lewis said. “Everything kind of panned out. I was really able to command the fastball and build off that.”

Before the game, Washington said that quick early innings from Colby would be the key to keeping him in the ballgame. It ended up being quite the opposite. Even in a three-up, three-down first inning, Lewis needed 21 pitches. He was at 60 pitches at the end of the third.

Lewis would only need 32 over his final three innings.

  • Lewis hadn’t faced the Twins since July 27, 2011
  • In the time between Lewis’s most recent quality starts, Ranger starter Yu Darvish has tallied 43 quality starts. Lewis did miss the entire 2013 season.
  • Alex Rios snapped an 0-for-17 slump with a seventh-inning single. He represented the go-ahead run at third base with one out before a double play ball ended the threat.

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