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Wednesday in the minors: Ventura roughed up, Gio ties personal record

Updated: 2013-05-23T04:35:17Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Yordano Ventura was hit hard Wednesday night as Class AA Northwest Arkansas lost 8-2 to Corpus Christi.

Ventura gave up seven runs (six earned) on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings, including a solo homer. He walked three, struck out four and had a balk as his ERA climbed to 2.82. Of his 88 pitches, 55 were for strikes.

Catcher Manny Pina had three hits, while left fielder Carlo Testa and third baseman Orlando Calixte each had two hits.

Class AAA Omaha

The Storm Chasers let a two-run lead slip away in a 7-5 loss to Tucson.

It was tied after three innings, but Xavier Nady hit a solo homer in the fourth and Omaha took a 5-3 lead in the fifth inning on Johnny Giavotella’s RBI single. It was his 31st RBI this season, tied for the most he has had in the first two months of any pro season, according to the Storm Chasers.

The Padres got a run back in the sixth, then took the lead in the seventh. Francisley Bueno replaced Will Smith (six innings pitched, eight hits, four runs, two walks and eight strikeouts) and after getting a leadoff out, he allowed a single, double and a two-run single.

That made it 6-5 for Tucson, which added a run in the eighth against Bueno.

High-A Burlington

Kyle Zimmer, the Royals’ top pick in last year’s draft, is still searching for his first victory of the season after the Blue Rocks lost 5-2 to Lynchburg.

Zimmer, 0-4, gave up five runs, but only two were earned. He gave up six hits and walked two, but struck out seven.

Lynchburg broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the sixth with a solo homer. In the seventh, Zimmer gave up a leadoff single, but the next two batters reached on errors. Zimmer was replaced by Antonio Cruz, who got an RBI groundout, but two runs scored thanks to a third error. After a strikeout, Lynchburg got an RBI single to finish the scoring.

Low-A Lexington

The Legends were limited to three hits in a 3-1 loss at home to Asheville.

Lexington grabbed the early lead when Bubba Starling drew a two-out walk and scored on a double by Fred Ford.

Ashville scored twice in third inning in part because of two Lexington errors, then added a run in the seventh.

Starter Colin Rodgers gave up two runs on three hits in four innings with four walks and three strikeouts.

To reach Pete Grathoff, send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/pgrathoff

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