In Lynchburg's 10-8 loss to Kinston last night, Ronald Uviedo started and pitched only one inning, and Nate Adcock later entered the game and pitched another inning. Wondering what the story was, I checked the game article in Lynchburg's newspaper, the News & Advance. The author, Chris Lang, observed that both pitching prospects "are tired. Uviedo hasn’t been the same since missing a month in the middle of the season with elbow tendinitis, and Adcock has already set a career high for innings pitched." He indicated that "the Pirates have chosen to piggyback the two pitchers for the rest of the season. Any time Uviedo starts, Adcock follows, and vice versa" and that "[l]ast week, Hillcats pitching coach Wally Whitehurst said that Uviedo’s innings would begin to be tapered in the season’s final weeks." Both pitchers struggled last night, reaching the organization's 30-pitch-per-inning limit in their respective innings pitched. Still, it's encouraging to see that the organization is monitoring these developments.
I'm driving down this evening (I'm at the Army JAG School in Charlottesville for the current school year) to see Jeff Locke, who has had three nice starts in a row, pitch against Myrtle Beach. It's the first night of Lynchburg's "Pirates Weekend"; tonight, the Hillcats will give away Nate McLouth bobbleheads, wear replica Pirate uniforms (available to the fans through a silent auction) and host Kent Tekulve for the first pitch. I'll take my camera and post some pictures afterwards.