Colby Lewis came into the game averaging just over 18 pitches per inning (1,608 pitches over 89 innings). He threw 13.7 pitches per inning Thursday (87 pitches in 6.1 innings).
His pitch count by inning Thursday: 9, 10, 10, 11, 25, 16, 6. The six pitches in the seventh all came against the only batter he faced in the frame as he struck out Brendan Ryan. The only blip on the radar came in the 25-pitch fifth, in which Lewis said he 'lost his mechanics.'
Cobra allowed only four hits in 22 official at-bats against (.182 BA) after coming in with a .353 batting average against on the year.
Lewis has three quality starts in his last five outings.
- The club announced after Thursday's game that Jerome Williams, whose last start was skipped at Triple-A Round Rock, will start Friday's game against Oakland. Williams will be the 31st pitcher used by the Rangers this season.
- Texas has just four runs in the last 31 innings, and scored a total of eight runs in the four-game set with New York. The Rangers recorded as many hits (five) Thursday as they did in Wednesday's rain-shortened, five-inning contest.
- J.P. Arencibia launched his third home run in the last week. Arencibia hit 14 HR in 48 games at Triple-A Round Rock, a 47-homer pace. He has only one hit that isn't a HR since being called back up. Arencibia has 12 hits all year, four of which are home runs (33 percent). If Adrian Beltre had the same ratio of HR, he would have 36 home runs already this season and would be on pace for 57.
- Rougned Odor is hitting .382 in his last 10 games since July 10. He notched a single and double Thursday afternoon.
- Odor also made a fantastic defensive play in the fifth, part of a solid defensive effort for the Rangers. Texas played error-free baseball, and Thursday's game featured excellent running catches by Leonys Martin and Shin-Soo Choo. Choo's grab ranging back to the left field warning track was a rare positive contribution in the field from the $130 million man this season.