National League Game Summary - St. Louis at San Diego|
(Wednesday, May 22nd)
Final Score: St. Louis 5, San Diego 3
San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - St. Louis left-hander Tyler Lyons had a lead
before he even threw a single pitch in his MLB debut.
Behind an early outburst and solid work from the rookie hurler, the Cardinals
topped the San Diego Padres, 5-3, in the rubber match of a three-game set at
Lyons (1-0) held the Padres to just one run and four hits over seven innings,
with the lone blemish being a Jedd Gyorko solo shot. The 25-year-old Lyons
made the start in place of Jaime Garcia, who is reportedly set to undergo
season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Yadier Molina had four hits and knocked in a run for St. Louis, which has won
four of its last six games.
It was another brief outing for San Diego's Burch Smith (0-1), who for the
second time in three career starting assignments failed to make it through the
second inning. He was optioned to Triple-A Tucson following the game.
"Whenever you do have a bad outing, the doubts start creeping in. I know that
I'm better than that and I'm not going to let it affect me," Smith said.
St. Louis quickly jumped on the rookie righty, plating three runs in the
Matt Carpenter walked to begin the game and scored on Matt Holliday's one-out
triple. Allen Craig followed with an RBI single and later came home on a
Daniel Descalso two-out double. Smith retired his counterpart with the bases
loaded to avoid further damage.
"It's always a better situation to go out and have a little bit of a lead,"
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said about Lyons' confidence when taking the
mound for the first time.
When Carpenter and Carlos Beltran hit back-to-back singles to open the second,
San Diego manager Bud Black removed Smith in favor of Tim Stauffer. The
Cardinals went up 4-0 in the frame when Holliday grounded into a double play.
Stauffer gave up a two-out RBI single to Molina in the fifth.
Gyorko put San Diego on the board with a leadoff blast in the seventh, and the
Padres looked to rally against the St. Louis bullpen.
Each of the final two innings began with consecutive singles for the home
team. They came away empty in the eighth, but a two-out base hit by Alexi
Amarista off Edward Mujica brought home Gyorko and Will Venable. The comeback
bid came up short, however, when Chris Denorfia grounded out to short to end
To make room for Lyons, the Cardinals placed reliever Fernando Salas on the
15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation ... Beltran had three
hits ... Stauffer gave up eight hits and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings.
05/23 02:57:59 ET