Lewis performed very well for the majority of his outing. In 6 innings pitched he chalked up 9 strikeouts and gave up 2 runs including a home run to Adam Dunn. For the first 5 innings Lewis was lights out and looking to be on course for a stellar game. He did give up a single walk that points to the control he showed during most of the game.
Offensively Ian Kinsler game the biggest blast with a solo homerun. Josh Hamilton hit a sacrifice fly that scored a run. But the most important run was the 6th inning single by Michael Young that scored Josh Hamilton that proved to be the game winner.
Mike Napoli was the biggest disappointment offensively of the game, going 0-3 with 3 strikeouts. David Murphy went 1-3 with a hit and 2 strikeouts. Murphy was eventually removed from the game as Wash moved Craig Gentry into centerfield and moved Hamilton into left. Nelson Cruz, Yorvit Torrealba, Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre all also went 0 for.
The most startling stat of the game however is the lack of a single Ranger drawing a walk. To avoid close games like this, the team must get base runners.
After game one of the season the batting leader is Josh Hamilton. Also note that opening day was a day game, the sunglasses worked after all. Perhaps he will be able to keep his off field relapse from hurting his on field performance this year.
Overall the Rangers performed well. They had a few hiccups, but nothing like those seen in years past on opening day.
In game 2 of the season and this series LHP and fan favorite Derek Holland will be given the start. The only question on Holland is will he be in regular season 2011 form which was fantastic or post season 2011 form where he made himself the leader and was phenomenal.
As Always Go Rangers!