Sims, Wilson throw combined no-hitter

The Braves top pitching prospect threw a gem Thursday night in Wilmington.

The Lynchburg Hillcats had a combined no-hitter Thursday night from top prospect Lucas Sims and reliever Alex Wilson.

Sims pitched seven innings. He walked four, struck out six and allowed an unearned run from Wilmington in the bottom half of the 5th inning. He made 101 pitches. Wilson came in with two scoreless innings in relief. He gave up two walks and struck out three.

The Hillcats, by the way, won the game 5-1. Catcher Tyler Tewell had a two-out, two-run RBI single in the 7th inning to cap a four-run rally.

The Braves had to have a sigh of relief with Sims' performance after he has struggled in the month of June. In his last four starts, Sims had allowed 15 earned runs in 15.1 innings with only five strikeouts. So the six strikeouts Thursday night were a welcomed improvement.

Sims is now 6-5 on the season and his ERA is 4.71. He's allowed 75 hits in 84 innings pitched.

Wilson's ERA is now 2.41. He's allowed only 10 earned runs in 37.1 innings this season. Wilson, a tall right-hander who turned 23 at the start of the season, has seven saves as Lynchburg's closer.

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