There was a time
I was so broken-hearted
Lynn wasn't pitching Saturday night
The tables have turned
Yeah me and those ways have parted
Cause Tyler L pitched pretty well this time
All I want is a pitch they can't resist
I know all I need to know by the way they swung and missed
Tyler Lyons they can't hit you
Now they're tryin' to forget you
Your slider's sweet misery
Tyler Lyons getting strike outs
Tyler Lyons being lights out
Do what you do to K.C.
On Friday, John Mozeliak announced that Lance Lynn was being placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 8. Though he expressed belief that Lynn would return as soon as the stint ended, it's nevertheless a blow to a team that has seen more than its fair share of injuries to key players this season. I have, perhaps, overstated how well Tyler Lyons pitched today, but in the context of what's been happening to the Cardinals lately, it was exactly what the team needed.
In the first inning, Lyons struck out Alex Rios and Kendrys Morales on the changeup and the fastball, respectively. Though the Cardinals did threaten in the bottom of the first inning with Wong on third and one out (after an infield single, a stolen base, and a ground out to the right side by Matt Carpenter), they were unable to push the run across. The Royals ended up scoring in the top of the second inning on a solo home run by Alex Gordon. Lyons powered through an error by Kolten Wong on what looked to be a double play ball, and kept the game 1-0 Royals.
The Redbirds tied the game in the third inning after a leadoff triple by Wong and a base hit by Carpenter (who was subsequently thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a double) - but not before Lyons struck out Lorenzo Cain and Alex Rios on beautiful, sneaky sliders in the top of the inning. Later in the third, Mark Reynolds reached on an infield hit, and scored after consecutive singles from Yadier Molina and Jason Heyward. 2-1 Cardinals.
Lyons hit another snag in the fourth inning, giving up a solo home run to Salvador Perez. But, he induced ground outs from the next three Royals to keep it a tie game.
The home team took the lead again in the bottom of the 5th inning on a Reynolds solo shot. 3-2 Cardinals. With two outs in the inning, the rain set in, causing a short delay. The game resumed 24 minutes later, but Lyons' night was over. His final line: 5 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 SO. That'll do, Tyler; that'll do.
The Cardinals bullpen combination of Matt Belisle, Randy Choate, Seth Maness, Kevin Siegrist, and Trevor Rosenthal held the Royals scoreless through the remaining four innings, proving once and for all that the Cardinals are clearly the best team in Missouri - and in baseball.
1. The Cardinals are 41-21. TWENTY GAMES OVER .500. We have so many wins, you guys! So. Many. The next best team (the Dodgers) are 11 games over. Psshhh. Only 11?! LAME.
2. Before tonight, Lyons had 13 straight winless starts at the big league level. And even tonight, though he pitched well, just barely got the run support he needed in time to get that coveted W. Of course, his last win was also against the Royals. They are just having a rough go of it lately, aren't they?
3. Heyward made a hell of a catch in the 8th inning. I just, I can't even explain it. You'll just have to see it for yourself:
4. The Cardinals look for the sweep tomorrow. John Lackey takes the mound against Chris Young at 1:10 pm CT.