The Rangers offense was hot. Colby Lewis was hot. The two combined, were on fire. It was the largest shutout margin in the history of the Rangers organization Tuesday night, as the team from Texas defeated the Chicago White Sox 16-0.
Texas jumped out to a fast start, with Shin-Soo Choo leading off with a double in the first. Alex Rios singled to score Choo, giving the Rangers their first of many runs. Adrian Beltre then came up to bat, and hit a two-run blast to give Texas a 3-0 lead after one inning.
Robinson Chirinos lead off the second with a home run to keep things moving for the Rangers. Daniel Robertson, Elvis Andrus, and Adrian Beltre then posted three consecutive walks to load the bases. J.P. Arencibia doubled to clear the bases, leaving the Rangers with a 7-0 lead after two innings.
The fifth inning saw solo homers from Arencibia and Chirinos, and the sixth saw another solo blast from Choo. Texas has a season-high five home runs Tuesday night, as Choo's shot pushed the Rangers up 10-0.
Texas' offense was far from being done, piling on even more runs in the seventh. Arencibia, Adam Rosales, and Rougned Odor hit three consecutive singles to load the bases with no outs for Chirinos. Though Chirinos grounded into a fielder's choice that resulted in Arencibia being forced out at home plate, Robertson singled in the next at-bat to score Rosales and Odor for two more Rangers runs. Andrus doubled to score Chirinos, and extend his hitting streak to 12 games. Jim Adduci pinch-hit and was almost the innings final out, but a wild pitch allowed Adduci to reach first safely, and Robertson to score.
Yet another run was added in the eighth, with a Rosales walk and Chirinos single followed by a RBI single from Robertson to score Rosales.
The final run of the game came in the ninth, with the Adam Dunn, the White Sox designated hitter, on the mound. Adduci hit an infield single, and Beltre was walked, before Rosales posted a RBI single to score Adduci.
Colby Lewis hurled his second complete game shutout, and his first in three years. Coming off his best start of the year in New York, Lewis was phenomenal accomplishing the feat with 110 pitches, 81 of which were strikes, striking out seven, walking one, and only allowing six hits. It seems that after three months, Lewis is growing accustomed to his new hip, and has strangely enough become a pitcher that Rangers fans can count on to give a good performance.
In a lost season where the Rangers find themselves fifth in the west, games like Tuesday night's are what the organization needs to keep the fans involved. It's easy to look down on the Rangers, but 16 runs and a shutout performance demand attention, and serve as a friendly reminder of the potential that lies underneath the struggles.
The Rangers will need to see if they have any more runs in their arsenal, as they take on the White Sox for the final game of the series. Game time is slated for 1:10 p.m. CT.