Update (10:05 PM EST): The Rangers tacked on another run in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single. Lewis went back to work in the top of the eighth and immediately lost his perfect game. Danny Valencia ripped a double to left field.
Rangers starter Colby Lewis has been perfect through seven innings in Friday night’s start against the Athletics. 21 up, 21 down. The right-hander has struck out two while throwing 69 pitches in the effort.
The Rangers gave Lewis some early run support, scoring three runs in the first inning against opposing starter Jesse Chavez. Mitch Moreland hit a two-run double and Rougned Odor followed up with an RBI double of his own.
We’ll keep you posted as Lewis attempts to remain perfect over the final two innings of the game.
Lewis entered the start with a 14-8 record along with a 4.68 ERA and a 124/39 K/BB ratio in 175 innings.
Earlier today the Major League Baseball Umpire’s Association made multiple posts on social media registering its displeasure at what it feels was the league’s weak discipline of Manny Machado following his run-in with umpire Bill Welke. It was an unusual statement, as it’s not common for umpires, individual or via their union to comment on such matters.
This evening, in an official statement, the league called it inappropriate:
“Manny Machado was suspended by MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, who considered all the facts and circumstances of Machado’s conduct, including precedent, in determining the appropriate level of discipline. Mr. Machado is appealing his suspension and we do not believe it is appropriate for the union representing Major League Umpires to comment on the discipline of players represented by the Players Association, just as it would not be appropriate for the Players Association to comment on disciplinary decisions made with respect to umpires. We also believe it is inappropriate to compare this incident to the extraordinarily serious issue of workplace violence.”
That final bit, about workplace violence, is something that I didn’t really consider when I read the umps’ statements, but it’s a damn good point. In an age where people are literally shooting up workplaces, umpires making reference to that kind of thing in response to a player throwing a bat is pretty rich indeed. And in pretty poor taste.