Back-to-back no hitters! This is simply unheard of, but our High-A Carolina League Lynchburg Hillcats have done the impossible. On consecutive nights, they have held the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Kansas City Royals affiliate) without a hit. In fact, their last hit came in the seventh inning of Wednesday’s contest – also won by Lynchburg as part of a three-game sweep.
Jeff talked about the first gem, thrown by top prospect Lucas Sims (along with friends), but adding a SECOND no-no is crazy. Even radio announcer Erik Wilson got caught up in the moment (and why wouldn’t he?) as you can hear from this final pitch call.
Benino Pruneda cleaned up in the 8th and 9th innings Friday night, as Lynchburg manager Luis Salazar stayed consistent and pulled his starter after the seventh inning. Pruneda himself has been fairly reliable as a reliever (3.52 ERA in 23 innings), but with 24 hits allowed this season, maintaining this second no-hitter wasn’t a sure thing! So congratulations to both players on making this happen.According to those who keep track of this stuff, the Blue Rocks have never been no-hit twice in the same season, much less in consecutive games. Also, they’re not exactly pushovers: 37-40 on the season after being swept, while Lynchburg is now 40-38. This is definitely a noteworthy accomplishment for the entire Lynchburg team.
Here’s the relevant part of the box scores from each contest:
Oh, and while Wilmington is glad to see the Hillcats leave town, the Myrtle Beach Pelicans have to wide-eyed as they arrive in Lynchburg today to begin a 3-game set. Good luck!