Originally written on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 5/21/12
If not for a first inning in which Jordan Lyles could not seem to keep his pitches down in the strike zone or anywhere close to the location he was trying to throw them the Astros would have had a chance against the Rangers on Sunday. From the second inning on Lyles was a pitcher who can win in the major leagues. But Lyles was not on his game in that opening frame and the Rangers scored five runs enabling them to put the game away early. After the game Lyles, who would shortly be informed he was heading back to AAA Oklahoma City, offered no excuses. He simply said he could not get a good feel for anything and struggled. The worst hit he surrendered was this last one in the inning when pitcher Colby Lewis smacked a pitch high and over the middle of the plate for a two run single. Remember that was from an American League pitcher who rarely bats. The two runs made it 5-0 and that was the ballgame. As it turned out Lewis was on his game as a pitcher as well as a hitter. He allowed on...
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