Braves Minor League team throws back-to-back no-hitters
Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum made history this week, throwing the second no-hitter of his career. Not to be outdone, the Lynchburg Hillcats (Class A affiliates of the Braves) decided to throw two no-hitters of their own ...
In back-to-back games.
On Thursday, Hillcats ace Lucas Sims and reliever Alex Wilson teamed up to strike out nine batters en route to their first no-no of the week, beating the Wilmington Blue Rocks 5-1.
Then, on Friday, the no-hit heroes were pitchers Cody Scarpetta and Benino Pruneda. They also struck out nine batters, but were able to keep the Blue Rocks scoreless, finishing the game 5-0.
"I've never seen or heard of it, two straight no-hitters," Scarpetta said after the game. "It's pretty crazy."
Scarpetta was actually perfect through six innings in his start, before allowing a walk to Blue Rocks left fielder Terrance Gore. But while some pitchers try not to think about making history, it was all that was on the young right-hander's mind:
Of course, on the other side of the field, getting no-hit twice in a row is not fun. The Blue Rocks have now gone 20 2/3 innings without a hit, dating back to the seventh inning of their game on Wednesday. Manager Darryl Kennedy was not happy:
But, at the end of the day, history is history -- and this is some pretty special and unique history:
The feat's so rare, it hasn't even been done in MLB history:
As for the Hillcats, check out radio broadcaster Erik Wilson's call of their historic final out: