Lyons sharp as Javelinas end skid
Cards' southpaw prospect allows one run over five frames
Cardinals prospect Tyler Lyons allowed one run over five innings Monday afternoon to notch his third straight victory as the Peoria Javelinas topped the host Mesa Solar Sox, 4-2, in the Arizona Fall League.
The 23-year-old southpaw, who tossed a seven-inning no-hitter for Class A Advanced Palm Beach on Aug. 8, yielded four hits and a walk while striking out a pair. He threw 37 of his 56 pitches for strikes.
After being roughed up in his first four AFL outings -- he was 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA in 14 2/3 innings -- Lyons turned his fall campaign around with five perfect frames against first-place Salt River on Nov. 2. He earned his second victory in Peoria's 13-3 win over Mesa last Tuesday and will finish the season 3-2 with a 4.85 ERA.
Lyons cruised through the first two innings Monday before Solar Sox catcher Brian Ward (Orioles) picked up Mesa's first hit, a single with one out in the third frame.
Mesa stranded two men in the third and another in the fourth before getting on the board in the fifth. Ward drew a one-out walk, moved to third on Twins prospect Aaron Hicks' second double of the game and scored on a groundout by Xavier Avery (Orioles). Hicks was the only Solar Sox batter to collect more than one hit.
Peoria had jumped out to an early lead in the third when Jaff Decker (Padres) walked and scored on a fielding error by second baseman Jarek Cunningham (Pirates). Zelous Wheeler walked and scored on fellow Brewers prospect Kentrail Davis' fourth-inning double for the Javelinas' second run.
Wheeler and Davis both walked and scored in the eighth to give the Javs two insurance runs. Though Peoria had just seven hits in the game, five of them were doubles. Four of the five men the Solar Sox walked came around to score as Peoria broke a four-game losing streak.
Javelinas leadoff man Scooter Gennett (Brewers) doubled twice to lift his average to .423 in 19 games. It was Gennett's sixth multi-hit game out of his last seven. He ranks second behind teammate Jedd Gyorko's .437 mark for the AFL batting lead. Gyorko, a Padres prospect, did not play Monday.
Mesa starter Trey McNutt (Cubs) fell to 0-2 with his second consecutive loss. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- on two hits and two walks while striking out one in four innings.
The two clubs have split the first six games of their season series. They'll meet one last time in Peoria on Tuesday afternoon. Twins prospect Cole DeVries is scheduled to start for Mesa while Peoria counters with Collin McHugh (Mets).
John Parker is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.