Minor League Roundup - 4/4

Holland proved to be a worthy opening day starter

The farm struggled as a whole on Friday night, but starting pitchers Derek Holland and Scott Feldman turned in outstanding performances for their respective clubs. Lone Star Dugout takes a look at all of the day's minor league action.

AAA: Oklahoma 6 – Memphis 10
L – Ramirez (0-1)
HR – Benjamin (1), Saltalamacchia (1), Shelton (1)
1-1, 1.0 GB


Just one night after he notched three hits – including the game-winner – Ryan Roberts went 0-for-4 at the plate with a trio of errors at third base.

Things weren't much better for A.J. Murray, who needed 98 pitches to complete just four innings. Although none of Murray's five runs allowed were earned, he gave up seven hits and walked two. The southpaw did record five strikeouts.

First baseman Chris Shelton was the offensive star, going 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, and four runs batted in.

Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1/4) and shortstop Casey Benjamin (1/3) also added solo long balls.

Kevin Mench was 2-for-4 with a double.

Designated hitter Joaquin Arias went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts, leaving him hitless in his first nine at-bats of 2008.

Left fielder Brandon Boggs returned from a finger injury to play in his first Triple-A game. The former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket was 0-for-4 with two punchouts.

Player of the Game: 1B Chris Shelton
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 1 2 1 1 4 0 0 .667


AA: Frisco 2 – (@) Springfield 1
W – Feldman (1-0)
SV – Madrigal (2)
2-0, 0.0 GU


Scott Feldman follows up last Saturday's impressive performance with yet another strong outing – this time against the Springfield Cardinals.

Feldman is featuring a new three-quarters arm angle.
Making his first regular season appearance since becoming a starting pitcher, Feldman carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning. He ended up permitting one run on three hits in seven frames. Feldman, who threw just 89 pitches, walked one and struck out two.

Chris Davis notched his second multi-hit effort in as many nights, as he was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Davis also stole his first base of the season.

Shortstop Elvis Andrus singled twice in four at-bats. He is 4-for-9 in his first two Double-A games.

Though Craig Gentry had just one single in five at-bats, he recorded a pair of outfield assists, gunning down both runners at second base.

The power late-inning bullpen duo of Brennan Garr and Warner Madrigal each allowed one hit in a scoreless frame. The save was Madrigal's second of the young season.

Player of the Game: RHP Scott Feldman
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
7.0 3 1 1 1 2 0 1.29


A+: Bakersfield 2 – San Jose 7
L – Phillips (0-1)
0-2, 2.0 GB


For the second night in a row, a promising pitching prospect struggled for the Blaze. Making his first High-A appearance, lefty Zach Phillips allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings pitched. Phillips gave up four hits and walked five.

Cleanup hitter Grant Gerrard singled and doubled in four at-bats.

Austin native Jake Kaase was 2-for-3 with a walk, giving him a 3-for-6 start to his 2008 campaign.

Third baseman Davis Stoneburner went 0-for-3 with a free pass. He was promoted from Clinton earlier in the day because regular third baseman John Whittleman has come down with the flu.

Ground ball specialist Jordan Stewart was solid in relief, hurling 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. He gave up one hit, walked one, and fanned two.

Possible closer Andrew Laughter also added a shutout frame.

Player of the Game: RF Grant Gerrard
AB R H 2B HR RBI BB K AVG
3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 .429


A: Clinton 6 – Cedar Rapids – 10
L – Turner (0-1)
HR – Gac (1)
0-1, 1.0 GB


Clinton gave up 10 runs on Friday, but it all came after starting pitcher Derek Holland had exited the game.

Holland was nothing short of masterful in his first Single-A start of his career. The southpaw allowed just one hit – walking none – in six scoreless innings. He struck out nine batters.

First baseman Ian Gac provided the punch offensively with a three-run homer in the bottom of the third inning. It was his only hit of the day.

SS Renny Osuna (1/3, 2 BB), 3B Jonathan Greene (0/3, 2 BB), and 2B Matt Lawson (1/3, BB) all reached base multiple times.

Centerfielder Engel Beltre, who hit leadoff, was 0-for-4 with a fielding error in his full-season debut.

The L-Kings defense struggled in the game, committing five errors. Three of the miscues came in Holland's first three innings.

Player of the Game: LHP Derek Holland
IP H R ER BB K HR ERA
6.0 1 0 0 0 9 0 0.00


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