Ron Washington

October 23, 2010 by staff 

Ron Washington, Admittedly, it was difficult for Rangers manager Ron Washington and his players not spring from the stellar performance delivered by starter Colby Lewis in the world of the Rangers in the series-clinching victory over the Yankees in the sixth game.

Lewis threw 103 pitches, the same number it had in a split second win nearly a week earlier. But this time, which lasted eight innings, allowing just one run on three hits. Colby also the Yankees struck out seven and walked three. Therefore, it was not a surprise that when he left the mound after the eighth inning, it was with a standing ovation by an overflow crowd in Arlington.

“He went out there tonight and that certainly gave us everything he had. He showed the heart. He showed the sand and all I had to do out there tonight, he has done,” said Washington.

“And he has done for each unique, all individual fans and everyone who had anything to do with the Texas Rangers. All I did together.”

But the Ranger captain was not alone in his praise for starring Lewis returned to take the first trip in the history of Texas for the Fall Classic.

“Unbelievable. I told you guys had to have the fastball of strikes in the corner now. That was a big key today,” said catcher Bengie Molina. “I had to [his slider] from the beginning. He just did not have to use it until later.”

Fellow pitcher Darren O’Day did not have to pitch in Friday’s cover, but still had a seat nice to see his teammate hinder Yankees overnight.

“It was incredible tonight. There was just no give in it,” O’Day said. “He put in a difficult situation in the fifth. We had the heating Holland, but you could say it was his game. It was not just because I did not know what happened but I was so happy for him. I was hoping just to lose in the eighth inning and not have all these amazing 50,000 fans we had this night they sang his name. It was incredible. It was just what I needed. He put us in a great place tonight. ”

Unsung Rangers outfielder David Murphy also joined in the feast of love Lewis.

“You can not say enough. It came with a lot of question marks in spring training. Obviously, he succeeded in Japan, but never had success in the majors before,” said Murphy. “I remember his first start against Seattle was a great start and just went from there. It was great for us and the clutch throughout the year. There were a lot of times you do not get much run support. I could not be happier that he was the guy on the mound tonight we could go get it done for him. ”

Lewis finished the NLCS with a 2-0 record and had to be considered a strong candidate for the AL championship series MVP honors. This distinction once went to Hamilton, which was more than deserving of the award.

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