Sims helps Lynchburg throw combined no-hitter
Righty tosses seven hitless innings before Wilson finishes the job
Lucas Sims, the Braves' No. 1 prospect, combined with reliever Alex Wilson for a no-hitter Thursday as Class A Advanced Lynchburg defeated Wilmington, 5-1.
Sims, ranked No. 49 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, began the game with seven hitless innings before Wilson relieved him for the final two frames. Wilson punctuated the no-hitter with a three-pitch strikeout for the final out of the night.
The game began as a pitchers' duel between Sims and left-hander Sean Manaea, the Royals' No. 4 prospect and No. 97 on the Top 100. While Sims proved to be unhittable, Manaea matched him pitch for pitch early in the game. He faced the minimum over the first four innings, but the Hillcats scored a run in the fifth and broke the game open with four more in the seventh.
Sims, meanwhile, faced his own trouble in the middle innings after facing the minimum through three. His wildness began to get him in trouble in the fourth and he allowed an unearned run in the fifth on a walk, a passed ball, an error and a fielder's choice.
Sims limited the damage and finished his night with six strikeouts and four walks. He threw 101 pitches before exiting after seven, matching the longest outing of his career.
Wilson walked two batters in the eighth, but avoided any further damage. The right-hander struck out three batters in his two innings of work.
Sims picked up the victory -- his first since May 22 -- and improved to 6-5 with a 4.71 ERA in 16 starts this season. He has struck out 46 batters and walked 31 in 84 innings. The Braves' first-round pick in 2012 celebrated his 20th birthday on May 10, making him one of the youngest players in the Carolina League.