Tyler Lyons and Dennis Martinez on No-Hitter

Our Jupiter, Fla. reporter was at "The Dean" Monday night for Tyler Lyons' no-hitter for Palm Beach and shares the reactions of the hurler and his famous pitching coach who tossed his signature game 20 summers ago.

Given a 10-run lead by the third inning, Palm Beach Cardinals left-hander Tyler Lyons coasted to a seven-inning no-hitter in the second game of the Cardinals' doubleheader Monday night.

The 23-year-old threw the first no-hitter in the nine-year history of the Cardinals' Class A Advanced team. Lyons, the Cardinals' ninth-round draft pick in 2010 out of Oklahoma State, allowed only one baserunner, a walk with two outs in the fourth inning.

"I didn't think much of it at the time," Lyons said. "I was more annoyed at the two-out walk. Me and catcher (Robert) Stock were on the same page all night and we were mixing things up and keeping them at bay."

He struck out a career-high eight batters and lowered his Florida State League ERA to 4.20.

Lyons threw 97 pitches, 61 for strikes in the 10-0 win, following the Cardinals' 7-2 loss to the Fort Myers Miracle in the first game.

The closest the Miracle came to a hit was James Beresford's grounder to third leading off the seventh, but Niko Vasquez ranged to his right and threw out Beresford.

Two batters later, Oswaldo Arcia hit a grounder to shortstop Ted Obregon, who fielded it cleanly and threw him out, prompting Cardinals players to rush from the field, dugout and bullpen to congratulate Lyons.

"When I saw Obregon come in and get the ball, I didn't know what to think," Lyons said. "Then my teammates all bombarded me on the mound. It all happened so fast."

While the Cardinals batted around in a seven-run third inning, Lyons (6-3) went down to the bullpen and threw some to stay loose. In that inning, Xavier Scruggs hit a home run onto the roof of the Marlins clubhouse beyond the left field fence, his second homer of the game.

It is believed to be the first home run by a Palm Beach Cardinals player to reach the roof of either the Marlins' clubhouse in left field or the Cardinals' clubhouse beyond the right-field fence.

Lyons said he did not have better stuff than usual with his three pitches – a sinking fastball, curve and changeup – but his command was outstanding.

"I don't think my curve ball had any more break, but I could throw it where I wanted and that was crucial," he said.

Lyons, a native of Lubbock, Texas, said the closest he had ever come to a no-hitter before was when he came within one out in high school.

Martinez' big day
Cardinals pitching coach Dennis Martinez, who threw a perfect game for the Montreal Expos at Dodger Stadium on June 28, 1991, said he thought Lyons' changeup was "unbelievable."

Lyons threw 25 changeups, 18 for strikes, often when he was behind in the count. Martinez said Lyons, who was making his eighth start after 21 relief appearances in his first pro season, "has been working to get to the point where he was today, to be able to go deeper in the game."

After signing with the Cardinals last August, the lefty did not pitch in 2010 due to elbow tendinitis. Lyons began this season in extended spring training camp and made his professional debut on April 22.

Before Lyons' no-hitter, three Cardinals pitchers lost no-hitters in the eighth inning this season, Martinez said, "so I'm glad it was only seven innings so we could enjoy it."

Joe Kelly, since promoted to Double-A Springfield, lost no-hitters in the eighth inning in back-to-back starts against Brevard County on May 24 and Dunedin on May 31. Arquimedes Nieto also took his no-hit bid into the eighth on July 23.

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