Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Beltran, Lyons lead Cardinals past the Royals in Game Two, 4-1
Cardinals rookie starter Tyler Lyons improved his record to 2-0 as he allowed one run following an RBI double against Billy Butler -- which also was his 1,000th career hit -- as well as the only Royal to get hits as finished with Kansas City's only two hits on the night, and drove in their only run for the entire contest as well.
While Lyons couldn't seem to find a pitch to fool anybody in the bottom half of the first-inning, the next six innings that he pitched were the exact opposite. He allowed just one other hit outside of the first-inning double, which was also off the bat of Butler -- which was only a single this time.
St. Louis got the scoring started as well, as Matt Carpenter led the ball game off with his single. Carlos Beltran followed that off with a two-run dinger off the Royals' starting pitcher Ervin Santana, who struggled once again as he allowed four runs on seven Cardinals hits and seen his overall record for the season fall to 3-5 as he lasted 7 1/3 innings.
With the Cardinals leading 2-1 in the top of the sixth inning, Matt Carpenter hit a home run that was followed up by Matt Holliday hitting one of his own as the two went back-to-back to make the score 4-1 at the time -- leading us to the eventual final score for the second and final game of the series at Kauffman Stadium.
The Cardinals out hit Kansas City by a final of 8 to 2 in the 4-1 St. Louis win and got another stellar performance from the teams new closer Edward Mujica as he picked up his 16th save in as many opportunities as he sent down all three batters he faced with one strike out in a ten-pitch inning.
The Cardinals improved to 34-17 on the season and had their lead against the second place team in the National League Central stuck at two games. The two teams will meet again on Wednesday night with the first pitch being delivered at 7:15 pm Central Time at Busch Stadium in St. Louis as the game will be played their on Thursday as well.