Scarpetta and Pruneda combine for no-hitter

It's not often a baseball team throws two straight no-hitters, but the Lynchburg Hillcats have done it.

For the second straight game, Lynchburg threw a combined no-hitter against Wilmington on Friday night.

Hillcats' right-hander Cody Scarpetta threw seven innings of no-hit ball, and he was then followed up by Benny Pruneda, who pitched the final two innings.

Lucas Sims and Alex Wilson had done the same exact thing on Thursday against the Blue Rocks.

Scarpetta, who was signed by the Braves on June 12, walked only one and struck out seven. He has now started three games for Lynchburg and has given up four earned runs on 12 hits in 19 innings.

Scarpetta was originally drafted by the Brewers in the 11th round of the 2007 draft. He actually spent one day in the major leagues in 2011 but did not appear in a game and was sent back to the minor leagues the very next day. Scarpetta had Tommy John surgery in 2012, but after coming back he was released by the Brewers last December. The Braves signed him out of the independent Atlantic League, where he had made eight starts for the Lancaster Barnstormers.

Baseball America rated Scarpetta as the Brewers' 4th best prospect going into the 2011 season and the 13th best prospect for Milwaukee entering the 2010 campaign.

Pruneda has been in the Atlanta farm system since 2007, when he was a 31st round draft pick out of San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas. He hasn't played the last two years due to arm injuries, but this season he's made 14 appearances for the Hillcats out of the bullpen and has a 3.52 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 23 innings pitched.

The Hillcats' string of 20 hitless innings (going back to the last two innings of Wednesday's game in Wilmington) ended quickly Saturday night as the visiting Myrtle Beach Pelicans scored two runs in the top of the first inning. The Pelicans beat the Hillcats 8-3 in that game.

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