Minor League Roundup - 4/12

Single-A starting pitchers Michael Kirkman and Carlos Pimentel both turned in impressive performances on Sunday afternoon. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma City - (@) Memphis (PPD - Rain)
1-2, 1.5 GB

Derek Holland's Triple-A debut will be delayed until Monday evening.

AA: Frisco - (@) Little Rock (PPD - Rain)
1-2, 1.5 GB

The RoughRiders will play a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday afternoon.

A+: Bakersfield 4 - (@) Modesto 0
W - Kirkman (1-0)
1-3, 3.0 GB

Michael Kirkman was nothing short of phenomenal on Sunday afternoon. The 22-year-old southpaw allowed just one hit in seven scoreless innings, walking three and striking out eight. The outing was undoubtedly the best of Kirkman's relatively young career.

Right-handed relievers Tanner Roark and Evan Reed pitched one inning apiece to close out the shutout.

First baseman Mitch Moreland had the team's only extra-base hit, going 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Engel Beltre is off to a rough start at the plate -- and he went 0-for-4 on Sunday -- but he did record an outfield assist at home plate.

Corner outfielders Tim Smith (1/4) and Joey Butler (1/3, BB) also had runs batted in.

Player of the Game: LHP Michael Kirkman
7.0 1 0 0 3 8 0 0.00

A: Hickory 7 - Bowling Green 2
W - Font (1-0)
3-1, 0.0 GU

Carlos Pimentel surrendered just two runs in six innings during his first start for Hickory. He scattered seven hits and fanned six without walking a batter.

The Crawdads had a big night offensively, getting doubles from Jake Kaase (1/4, 2B), Jason Ogata (1/1, 2B, BB), Edward Martinez (1/2, 2B), Mike Bianucci (1/3, 2B) and Doug Hogan (1/4, 2B).

First baseman Clark Murphy singled twice in four at-bats.

Wilmer Font earned the victory with two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit, walked two, and struck out four.

Left-hander Joseph Ortiz fanned two in a scoreless ninth inning.

Player of the Game: RHP Carlos Pimentel
6.0 7 2 2 0 6 1 3.00


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