Lynchburg’s Sean Brady Named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week

The Lynchburg Hillcats took home their fourth weekly honor of the season as starting pitcher Sean Brady was named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for the games played between June 27 and July 3.

Brady joins Mike Papi, Julian Merryweather, and Yu-Cheng Chang in receiving the weekly award this season for Lynchburg.

Brady made a pair of starts on the road last week for the Hillcats and took home victories in both outings behind stellar starting pitching efforts.

In his first start after the All-Star break, the 22-year-old left-hander and fifth round pick by the Cleveland Indians in the 2013 draft took on the Blue Rocks in Wilmington and blanked the club over seven scoreless innings. After allowing a leadoff triple to start the game, he sat down 16 straight batter before a walk with one out in the sixth inning. That runner was erased on a double play grounder by Royals prospect Raul Mondesi.

Brady allowed one more hit, a leadoff single in the seventh, but got a pair of fly outs and a strikeout to end his outing. David Speer retired the side in order in the eighth and Trevor Frank walked one but then retired three straight in the air to preserve the 4-0 win for the Hillcats.

In earning his sixth win of the season, Brady allowed just two hits and the walk over seven while striking out seven batters, one short of his season high.

On Sunday, Brady took the mound in Zebulon, North Carolina, as the Hillcats took on the host Carolina Mudcats. He allowed base runners in each of the first four innings, including a leadoff home run to Tanner Murphy to start the fourth for the Mudcats’ only run of the day. Brady worked around a walk and single in the first, a pair of walks in the second, a leadoff single to rehabbing Major Leaguer Gordon Beckham, and the homer and a single to follow in the fourth.

He left after six innings, having allowed just one run on four hits with three walks and a pair of strikeouts.

For the week, he worked 13 innings, allowing just one run on six hits with four walks and nine strikeouts while earning a pair of wins to push his season record to 7-3. He posted an ERA of 0.69 and a WHIP of 0.76 for the week and has now won five of his last six starts for the Hillcats.

Brady is next scheduled to take the mound for Lynchburg on Friday when the club hosts the Salem Red Sox in his second start against the Hillcats’ local rival.

Photo: Jay Westcott/The News and Advance

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