Lefty Tyler Lyons made his Major League debut tonight. Everyone was wondering what kind of pitcher was going to emerge. I’m sure even the Padres were chomping at the bit. The thing is, he looked like the next coming of Joe Magrane or John Tudor. He completely shut down the Padres on four hits and one run, which was a long homerun to Jed Gyorko. He struck out four and issued one walk, throwing eighty-one pitches, fifty-three for strikes. If anyone from another team was relieved that the Cards were down another starter, they’re not now. To top off his debut, he also got his first career hit. (He actually batted before he threw his first pitch!) Trevor Rosenthal came in the eighth and promptly gave up two hits but struck out the next three. The Chief struggled a bit ang gave up two runs but managed to get out of it to preserve a 5-3 win.
The Cards teed off of Padres starter Burch Smith for three in the first and one in the second before he was pulled. WHo knows what the score might have been had he stayed in. The Cards added and rbi single by Molina in the fifth. They did pound out thirteen hits but left too many men on base. Twice innings ended with the bases loaded. Molona had four hits and Beltran added three.
After an off day tomorrow, Lance Lynn goes up against Chris Campuano of the Dodgers. Fun series coming up.