An ordinary Wednesday night in July usually doesn't make for any compelling storyline. July 30 games are more about the non-waiver trade deadline and less about the action on the field.
And especially for a team 23 games under .500, they tend to be just that: ordinary.
It wasn't even Dollar Hot Dog Night at Globe Life Park, an event that puts butts in seats in celebration of inexpensive manufactured meat product and America's Pastime.
But Wednesday, July 30 at Globe Life Park -- ordinary, non-Dollar Hot Dog Night Wednesday -- had something extraordinary about it.
Colby Lewis, just days away from turning 35, turned back the clock, throwing seven strong innings to shut down the Yankees in front of 46,599 in Arlington.
'I was warming up and was like, 'man, this is a packed house,'' Lewis said. 'It was reminiscent of 2010. It was nice to see all the fans here, it was good for baseball.'
2010, of course, referring to the Rangers' victory over the Yankees to earn a World Series berth.
It was good for baseball, but also good for Lewis, who earned his fourth quality start in six outings, allowing just four hits in his seven innings of work. He retired the last 13 hitters he faced.
Lewis said he feels stronger every time he takes the mound. Excluding a rough outing in which he allowed 13 runs in Anaheim on July 10, Lewis has allowed just 11 runs over his previous five starts.
'He's figuring out his body, but he's also been executing his pitches,' manager Ron Washington said. 'They haven't had to catch him in any patterns. It's just his mind working again along with his body. He knows how to pitch.'
Lewis said the way he has felt of late, especially Wednesday against the Yankees, has taken him back to 2010 and 2011. Lewis pitched at least six innings in 25 of his 32 outings in 2011, his last full season in the majors. Nineteen of those were quality starts.
'I don't have any pain, and that's the key. There isn't any distraction, that's for sure,' he said.
Coming off of hip replacement surgery and missing 21 months of major league action, Lewis said he expected too much of himself at the beginning of the season. He had unrealistic expectations of pitching without pain.
Pitching coach Mike Maddux has been instrumental in letting Colby work through his early struggles and find his stride of late, he said.
'[Maddux has] been good at looking at video -- and I'm not a big video guy, I'm just kind of a feel guy -- and he's been able to make that adjustment for me and show me the small things that I've done,' Lewis said.
'The biggest thing is that the mechanics are fresh and that has allowed the arm not to be sore anymore.'
When Lewis was asked about his future, he said he is a Ranger at heart and wants to be in Texas. He has no plans of letting his body slow him down, even after his 35th birthday Saturday.
'This offseason will be a normal offseason, just getting ready for the next season,' he said. 'I'm looking forward to that.'