By Sean Greene & Brandon Bosser 11:42pm, June 26, 2014
VIDEO: Highlights and reaction to Lynchburg's no-hitterLynchburg's Lucas Sims and Alex Wilson combined on a no-hitter as the Hillcats defeated the Blue Rocks 5-1 at Frawley Stadium Thursday night.
Sims, a 1st round draft pick by the Braves in 2012, had been struggling this season, pitching to a 5.14 ERA in 15 starts, but the Lawrenceville, Ga. native would have a career night.
His only trouble came in the 5th inning, when a one-out walk to Jack Lopez gave Wilmington some life down 1-0. Raniel Rockett then reached on a bobble by shortstop Daniel Castro that moved Lopez over to 3rd base.
Terrance Gore came to the plate and hit a low comebacker to Sims, who threw to second, but the relay to first couldn't get the speedy Gore, allowing Lopez to tie the game at 1, despite the Rocks still being hitless.
Lynchburg would put the outcome of the game away in the 7th, as they scored four runs against starter Sean Manaea and reliever Zeb Sneed.
Sims struck out two Rocks in the bottom of the frame to finish with six on the night, before he handed the baseball off to Wilson.
Wilson, a 2012 15th round pick out of Wofford College, walked two batters in the 8th, but got Michael Antonio swinging to keep the no-no alive going to the 9th.
There would be no such drama for Wilmington in the final frame, as a pair of fly outs preceded a strikeout of Jack Lopez to end the ball game.
Sims, Baseball America's No. 1 pitching prospect in the Braves organization, told WDEL after the game he could not ever remember being part of a no-hitter in his pitching career.
Manaea earned the tough-luck loss despite pitching into the 7th inning for the first time this season. He gave up three runs on just four hits, but dropped to 2-7 on the year.
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