Originally written on Cardinals Farm  |  Last updated 7/1/13
The Baby Birds went 2-4 on Monday as State College and the GCL Cards were the only winners. Palm Beach was rained out. The story of the night was the strong pitching from Tyler Lyons. Lyons (pictured) went 7 innings and only allowed 2 hits while striking out 9. In his 2 starts since returning to Memphis, Lyons has went 14 innings ( 7 in both starts), allowed only 3 hits, no runs, and has struck out 13 batters. Could Lyons’ be a trade target for teams looking for starting pitching? Jacob Wilson hit the only Baby Bird home run on Monday, his 12th of the season, and it was against Mike Pelfrey who is rehabbing for the Minnesota Twins. Wilson is having a very solid season and should get a promotion to Palm Beach soon, I would believe. Richard Castillo of Springfield, was just as good as Lyons, if not better. Castillo went 8 innings and allowed just 3 hits and 1 run while striking out 5. Also for Springfield, Xavier Scruggs hit his 20th home run which continues to lead all Baby Birds and he now becomes the active leader in the Texas League. George Springer also has 20 home runs, but he has since been promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City for the Houston organization. Here are short game summaries followed by individual stat lines for the Monday games: (AAA) The Memphis Redbirds allowed 4 runs in the 8th to spoil a stellar start by Tyler Lyons. Brock Peterson had 2 of the Redbirds’ 6 hits and 1 of their 2 RBI’s. Michael Wacha gets the Tuesday start for the Redbirds in Iowa. (AA) Springfield’s only offense came on a Xavier Scruggs solo home run in the second, his 20th of the year, which makes him the active leader in the Texas League. Richard Castillo was superb for 8 innings only to get a no decision. Springfield has Tuesday off before beginning a home series with Corpus Christi on Wednesday (A+) The Palm Beach Cardinals were rained out on Monday and are off on Tuesday. They will resume on Wednesday at Port Charlotte. The scheduled pitcher has yet to be determined. (A-) The Peoria Chiefs faced major league pitcher Mike Pelfrey who was on a rehab assignment. Jacob Wilson got to Pelfrey in the first, hitting his 12th home run of the season. Brad Watson was solid in the loss. Corey Jones gets the Tuesday start in Burlington for the Chiefs. (SS-A) The State College offense was on again on Monday. Cesar Valera and Luke Voit each had 3 hit games and both are hitting above .340. Kevin Herget picked up his 2nd win with 3 plus quality relief innings. Nick Petree gets the Tuesday start for the Spikes. (SS-R) The Johnson City offense struggled for only 5 hits as clean-up hitter Ronnierd Garcia had 2 of them. Blake McKnight is 2-for-2 in solid starts for his professional career. McKnight has a 0.90 ERA after his 2 starts. Johnson City is off Tuesday and will resume play on Wednesday in Elizabethton. (GCL) The GCL Cards scored twice in the second and twice in the fourth and that was enough to defeat the Mets. Logan Billbrough made a rehab start for the Cards. Rafael Medina had 2 more hits and is now over .400 in his 9 games. The Cards take on the Mets again on Tuesday at the Mets complex in St. Lucie. Memphis – 2 Iowa – 4 Thomas Pham 1-for-4, triple, R, RBI Brock Peterson 2-for-4, RBI Chris Swauger 1-for-3 Rob Johnson 1-for-4 Jamie Romak 1-for-1 Tyler Lyons 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K Fernando Salas (L, 1-1) 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K Sam Freeman 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K Player of the Game: Tyler Lyons Springfield – 1 San Antonio – 3 Luis Mateo 1-for-4 Xavier Scruggs 1-for-3, HR (20), R, RBI Richard Castillo 8 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 K Lee Stoppelman (L, 0-1) 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K Player of the Game: Richard Castillo Peoria – 3 Cedar Rapids – 6 C.J. McElroy 0-for-4, RBI Nick Martini 1-for-4, R Jacob Wilson 1-for-4, HR(12), RBI, R Patrick Wisdom 2-for-4, RBI Ildemaro Vargas 1-for-3 Charlie Tilson 1-for-2, triple, R Bradley Watson (L, 0-2) 5 IP, 4, R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K Michael Aldrete 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K Thomas Lee 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K Samuel Tuivailala 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K Player of the Game: Jacob Wilson State College – 7 Williamsport – 5 Jimmy Bosco 1-for-5 Cesar Valera 3-for-4, 2 doubles, 3 R, 2 RBI, SB Bruce Caldwell 2-for-3, double, R, RBI Mason Katz 1-for-5, RBI David Washington 1-for-5, RBI Carson Kelly 1-for-4, RBI, SB Luke Voit 3-for-3, double, R Matthew Young 1-for-5, RBI Steven Ramos 0-for-3, R Josh Lucas 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K Kevin Herget (W, 2-0) 3.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K Victor De Leon 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K Jeff Rauh (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K Player of the Game: Cesar Valera Johnson City – 1 Princeton – 2 Richy Pedroza 0-for-3, R Luis Perez 1-for-3, SB Ronnierd Garcia 2-for-4, double, RBI J.J. Altobelli 1-for-4 Yoenny Gonzalez 1-for-4, double Blake McKnight 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K Will Anderson (L, 0-1) 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K Player of the Game: Blake McKnight GCL Mets – 2 GCL Cardinals- 4 Rafael Medina 2-for-4, 2 R Leobaldo Pina 3-for-4, triple, 2 R, RBI Chris Rivera 1-for-3, RBI Jacoby Almaraz 1-for-3, double, 2 RBI Logan Billbrough 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 0 K Fidencio Flores (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K Jonathan Escudero 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K Kyle Grana 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K Juan Caballero (S, 1) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K Player of the Game: Leobaldo Pina   Related articles Tyler Lyons was outstanding in his return to Memphis – 6/25 Farm Report Brock Peterson and David Popkins end June on a high note – 6/30 Farm Report
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