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Wednesday in the minors: Zimmer bounces back nicely for Wilmington

Updated: 2013-06-13T04:51:56Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Kyle Zimmer ended a season’s worth of frustration by picking up his first win in High-A Wilmington’s 9-5 victory Wednesday at Salem.

Zimmer, the Royals’ first pick in the 2012 draft, allowed just two runs on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts over six innings. Zimmer is now 1-6 with a 5.98 ERA.

It was a nice bounce-back effort for Zimmer, who left Friday’s game after getting just two outs and allowing five runs.

The Blue Rocks pounded out 17 hits in Wednesday's game, with catcher Parker Morin going 4 for 5 with three RBIs. Center fielder Lane Adams and right fielder Geulin Beltre each had three hits, while third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert and designated hitter Alex Hudak both drove in two runs.

Class AAA Omaha

Justin Marks gave up five runs in five innings and the Storm Chasers’ rally fell short in a 5-4 loss at Nashville.

Omaha was behind 5-0 after three innings, but got three back in the fourth. Jarrod Dyson had a run-scoring groundout and Christian Colon and Johnny Giavotella each had RBI singles. In the sixth inning, Willy Taveras doubled and scored on a single by Colon, but that was as close as the Storm Chasers got.

Dyson, on a rehab assignment (high ankle sprain), was zero for six with a run scored, but he threw a runner out at third base.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

A pair of errors led to three unearned runs as Jason Adam and the Naturals lost 9-5 to Springfield.

Adam, a 6-foot-4 right-hander who attended Blue Valley Northwest, fell to 1-8 on the year. He gave up five runs, but only two were earned, in five innings. He gave up nine hits, walked two and struck out five.

Second baseman Angel Franco had a double, triple and three RBIs for the Naturals, while left fielder Roman Hernandez and center fielder Brett Eibner each had two hits. Low-A Lexington

The Legends were held to a pair of hits for the second straight game and lost 3-2 against Rome.

The Braves managed just four hits, but rallied for the win. The Legends scored first in the fourth inning when Bubba Starling walked, went first to third on a wild pitch and scored on a two-out single by Fred Ford.

Lexington’s other run came in the eighth. Kenny Diekroeger led off with a single and Jin-Ho Shin was hit by a pitch. Ethan Chapman sacrificed the runners up a base and Diekroeger scored Humberto Arteaga’s groundout.

Alec Mills took the loss despite allowing just two hits and two runs in 4 1/3 innings. He walked a batter and struck out five as his ERA inched up to 1.59.

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

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