(BaseballStL) – In just his second start since being called up from Triple A to replace an injured Joe Kelly, Tyler Lyons hoped to improve on his previous outing having gone 6.0 innings giving up only 2 runs. But instead one big inning cost Lyons and the Cardinals another win as the Pittsburgh Pirates won 6-1.
After the Cardinals threatened to score in the bottom of the third, Lyons gave up a lead off walk to the speedy Starling Marte, a single from Josh Harrison that was followed by another single from Andrew McCutchen that scored Marte. Then Gaby Sanchez tacked on 2 more runs with a double and he would score on a Jose Tabata single, giving the Pirates a 4-0 lead in the fourth.
Lyons had only thrown 25 total pitches through 3 innings, but he more than doubled that by throwing 29 pitches in the fourth inning. His afternoon ended at 6.0 innings pitched, giving up 4 hits, 4 runs and striking out 4.
Eric Fornataro came in the ninth to relieve Seth Maness, but gave up another lead off walk to the Pirates and they would go on to score two runs off a Tony Sanchez single.
Pirates’ starter Francisco Liriano left the game in the third inning after trainers came out to look at him. The Pirates announced afterwards that Liriano left the game due to dizziness and flu like symptoms.
The Cardinals were held scoreless until the fifth inning when Matt Holliday doubled the score Matt Carpenter. The offense left 7 runners in scoring position on base in the first, third, fourth, sixth and seventh innings. In total, the Cards left 8 runners on base Saturday.
The rubber match for the series pits Cards ace Adam Wainwright against Edinson Volquez. Wainwright’s only start against the Pirates this year was a 2-1 loss in which the Redbird bats had a difficult time getting to Volquez.