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The lizard-eating pitcher on the Cardinals crushed a homer for his first career hit

April 02, 2018

Dylan Buell

If you don't remember who Miles Mikolas is, allow us to refresh your memory. Back in December, we wrote about Mikolas, a struggling pitcher trying to make his way back to the MLB after spending three seasons in the bigs from 2012-2014. Mikolas went all the way to Japan to work his way back, eventually earning a two-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.

But the most interesting thing about Mikolas was his nickname, "the Lizard King", given to him after he ate a live lizard in the bullpen during an Arizona Fall League game back in 2011. On Monday, the Lizard King got the start for the Cardinals, and gave us a much less gross reason to write about him. In his second at-bat of the season and just the sixth of his career, Mikolas finally got his first-career major league hit, and it was a DINGER:

That thing was tattooed. Big time power for a pitcher, or any player for that matter. A no-doubt-about-it two-run shot to deep left, one that helped lead St. Louis to an 8-4 victory. Mikolas also got the win, going 5.2 innings with five strikeouts. Not a bad way to get his second-go-round in the MLB started, and he didn't even have to eat a single lizard.