'Riders' Pimentel rough on Cardinals

Rangers right-hander takes no-no bid into sixth in one-hitter

Carlos Pimentel has allowed one run or fewer in five of his 10 games. (James Garner/MiLB.com)

By Ashley Marshall / Special to MLB.com | May 23, 2013 9:49 PM ET

Carlos Pimentel has a simple plan of attack when he gets two strikes on a hitter -- bring the heat. If that fails, get them with the breaking ball.

Pimentel carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and finished with eight strikeouts over seven innings in the Double-A Frisco RoughRiders' 1-0 win over the host Springfield Cardinals on Thursday.

"I felt great. I had my command and I threw well," Pimentel said. "Everything was working, my fastball, my slider and my changeup. I used my slider a lot today and I threw my changeup when I was behind in the count.

"[0-2 or 1-2] I like to come with a fastball away. Then if that does not work, I come back with a slider. I was aggressive and I attacked the hitters."

The 23-year-old right-hander issued two walks and threw two-thirds of his 90 pitches for strikes in improving to 6-1.

Pimentel worked around Ruben Gotay's two-out walk in the first inning and he used a strike-him-out, throw-him-out double play to erase Xavier Scruggs' free pass to lead off the second.

After that, the native of the Dominican Republic cruised. He retired 13 batters in a row -- including striking out the side in the fifth. Mike O'Neill broke up his no-hit bid with a ground ball to center field with two out in the sixth, but Pimentel set down the final four batters he faced before turning over a 1-0 lead to his bullpen.

"He hit a slider," Pimentel said of O'Neill's base hit. "Every time I had two strikes on him, I came in with a fastball. I thought he would guess fastball again so I threw a slider and he got it. It was low, but he got it.

"If I got [the no-hitter], I got it. If not, then not. After, [my teammates] said congratulations."

On Thursday, Justin Miller struck out two batters in the eighth and Wilmer Font worked around a pair of walks in the ninth to pick up his seventh save and seal the one-hitter.

First baseman Brett Nicholas singled home the only run of the game with an RBI single to left field in the sixth.

Springfield starter Tim Cooney (2-1) allowed a run on four hits and a walk while striking out seven batters.

Ashley Marshall is a contributor to MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AshMarshallMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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