For two nights, Class A Advanced Lynchburg's pitching staff has been unhittable. After Braves' No. 1 prospect Lucas Sims and Alex Wilson combined for a no-hitter Thursday night against Wilmington, Cody Scarpetta and Benino Pruneda combined for a no-hitter of their own Friday, as the Hillcats defeated the Blue Rocks, 5-0.
Scarpetta threw seven hitless innings before Pruneda relieved him to start the eighth. Pruneda threw two hitless innings of his own, finishing the historic no-hitter with a strikeout.
While Wilmington scored an unearned run Thursday night, it was unable to muster even that much offense Friday. Scarpetta retired the first 17 batters he faced before he walked Terrance Gore with two outs in the sixth inning. Scarpetta hit Bubba Starling in the seventh and Gore drew another walk in the ninth, but that was it for the Blue Rocks. No runner advanced past first base.
Scarpetta struck out seven batters and walked one in seven innings. He threw 99 pitches. Pruneda struck out two and walked one in his two innings of relief.
Scarpetta, 25, was the Brewers' 11th round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. He advanced to Double-A Huntsville before undergoing Tommy John surgery and missing the 2012 season. The Brewers released him last December and he began this season pitching for Lancaster in the independent Atlantic League. The Braves signed him June 12 and sent him to Lynchburg. Friday was just his third start with the Hillcats.
With the victory, Scarpetta improved to 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA since joining the Braves system. He has struck out 15 batters and walked five in 19 innings.
Guided by catcher Tyler Tewell, Lynchburg's pitching staff didn't allow a hit in the final 20 innings of the series at Wilmington, a streak that began Wednesday. Tewell, the Braves' 14th round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, caught both no-hitters and went 2-for-7 with two RBIs in the two games.