ERIC: Colby Lewis of the Texas Rangers achieved You Stink! immortality on May 10, 2012.
Although he had great stuff in his start against the Baltimore Orioles last night, the first three hitters to face him–Ryan Flaherty, J.J. Hardy, and Nick Markakis–hit back-to-back-to back homers off Lewis to open the game last night. The fourth hitter hit a ball to the warning track for a long out. “That happens,” Lewis later said with a shrug.
“After that you just keep making pitches.” Lewis ended up surrendering a total of five homers to the Orioles in losing the game 6-5. What makes his performance all the more remarkable is that Lewis then registered six straight strikeouts and ended up with 12 strikeouts and retired 18 straight batters before surrendering the game winning homer to Wilson Betemit in the seventh inning. He gave up five hits, all long taters.
Rangers Manager Ron Washington was asked if he had ever seen such extremes in a pitching performance. “No,” he said bluntly. “But he kept us in the ballgame.” Then he added: “After the first inning, you didn’t know what to expect.” The only other pitcher to accomplish such a dubious distinction was also a Ranger–knuckleballer Charlie Hough, who did the same thing in 1989. Hats off to Colby Lewis for attaining You Stink! immortality with the ultimate mixed results performance!