Interview with Rudy Owens

Rudy Owens has been phenomenal this season, easily a shoe in for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ minor league pitcher of the year. He could also very well be the break out player of the year. Owens had a 4.97 ERA last year with State College, thanks to their innovative heavy fastball approach focused on fastball command. This season he put up a 1.70 ERA in West Virginia, followed by a 3.86 ERA in his limited time in Lynchburg. I...

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Hillcats take game one of the Carolina League Championship Series

When you see a 9-2 game, you don’t think “wow, what a close one”. It was just that for the Lynchburg Hillcats tonight, who ended up defeating the Salem Red Sox in the first game of the Carolina League Championship Series by a score of 9-2. At least it was close up until the seventh inning. Going in to the top of the sixth inning, the Hillcats held a 3-2 lead, when Justin Wilson ran in to a jam, with runners at first...

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Lynchburg Hillcats 9/13 Video Recap

The Lynchburg Hillcats won the Northern Division Championship Series on Sunday night, beating the Wilmington Blue Rocks in the fifth game of a best of five series. This was largely due to a great outing from starting pitcher Bryan Morris. The 2009 season has been a rough one for Morris. He started the year with a shoulder injury. He returned from that and struggled in his first two months back, with just three of his ten starts in...

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Interview with Tony Sanchez

The Pittsburgh Pirates surprised everyone when they took Tony Sanchez with the fourth pick in the 2009 draft. Sanchez was the 32nd rated prospect according to Baseball America rankings, and the thought at the time was that the Pirates would be better served to select one of the top high school arms in the draft. They took Sanchez, he signed right away, and quickly started to silence his critics, going on to hit for a .316/.415/.581...

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Lynchburg beats Wilmington, advances to championship

One thing was consistent with the Lynchburg Hillcats in this best of five series with the Wilmington Blue Rocks: good pitching. That started last Wednesday as Justin Wilson pitched five innings, allowing four runs, but only one earned. The Hillcats allowed seven runs in the first game, with most of those due to errors. They allowed seven more runs the rest of the series, winning three of the next four games. On Thursday it was Rudy...

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