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Sunday in the minors: Zimmer's struggles continue, Starling fuels rally

Updated: 2013-06-03T03:45:47Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Kyle Zimmer’s struggles continued in High-A Wilmington’s 5-2 loss to Federick on Sunday.

Zimmer, the Royals’ first pick in last year’s draft, gave up all five runs on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts. Zimmer, 0-5, saw his ERA jump to 5.54.

In his last four starts, Zimmer has an 8.05 ERA, although he has struck out 22 in 19 innings.

Third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert went three for four on Sunday with two doubles and scored a run, while left fielder Tyler Chism hit a solo homer.

Low-A Lexington

Bubba Starling’s RBI triple started a three-run eighth inning that carried the Legends to a 5-2 victory against Hagerstown.

The game was tied 2-2 when Terrance Gore opened the eighth by reaching on a walk. He moved to second on a sacrifice and scored on Starling’s triple. Fred Ford followed with a double to make it 4-2, and Ford moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly.

Aroni Nina, 3-3, got the win as he pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief and allowed one run. He gave up one hit, walked two and struck out three.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Catcher Manny Pina hit a solo homer and center fielder Brett Eibner had two hits and two RBIs as the Naturals beat San Antonio 6-5.

Starter Noel Arguelles went just 4 1/3 innings. He allowed two runs on three hits and three walks and struck out two.

J.C. Sulbaran, 1-3, gave up a run on two hits, Edwin Carl allowed two runs in 1 2/3 innings and Jon Keck pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save.

Class AAA Omaha

The Storm Chasers had six hits total and were swept at home by Memphis in a doubleheader.

The Redbirds won the first game 7-0 and the second game 5-0. Both were seven inning games.

In the nightcap, Will Smith gave up five runs on five hits in six innings. He gave up two homers, walked two and struck out four.

Memphis scored six runs in the second inning of the opener and rolled to the victory. Justin Marks allowed the six runs in two innings. He gave up six hits, walked three and struck out two.

Reliever George Sherrill, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, didn’t allow a run in his one inning of work. It was his third straight scoreless outing.

In both games, catcher Brett Hayes went one for three with a double.

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