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Sunday in the minors: Zimmer's struggles continue

Updated: 2013-06-24T04:50:36Z

By PETE GRATHOFF

The Kansas City Star

Kyle Zimmer’s struggles continued on Sunday as he allowed four runs in six innings as High-A Wilmington lost 4-3 to Salem.

Zimmer, the Royals’ top pick in last year’s draft, saw his record drop to 1-7 with a 5.98 ERA. He allowed seven hits, walked three and struck out six. Zimmer also threw a wild pitch. The big blow was a three-run homer by Salem’s Tim Roberson in the first inning.

Spencer Patton tossed three hitless innings, allowing just one walk with two strikeouts as his ERA dropped to 1.19.

For the second consecutive day, Lane Adams hit a home run, but the Blue Rocks had just four hits in the game. Jared Schlehuber walked twice and had a double.

Low A Lexington

Michael Antonio hit a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth and the Legends beat Savannah 4-3.

Lexington trailed 3-1 heading to the bottom of the eighth, but Terrance Gore opened the inning with a walk and Raul Mondesi reached on a bunt single. Mark Threlkeld sacrificed the runners up a base and Mark Donato hit a sacrifice fly.

Bubba Starling extended his hitting streak to five games with a single that scored Mondesi and tied the game. Starling, whose average had dropped to .194, is now batting .222.

Matthew Murray, 1-0, gave up one run on two hits in 2 1/3 innings with five strikeouts and one walk.

Class AAA Omaha

Max Ramirez’s seventh-inning single scored Willy Taveras and snapped a tie as the Storm Chasers beat Oklahoma City 4-3 to gain a doubleheader split.

Oklahoma City rallied from a four-run deficit and won the opener 6-5 in 10 innings.

In the nightcap, second baseman Chase Lambin had two doubles and two RBIs, while Taveras and Ramirez also had two hits.

Brian Sanches allowed two unearned runs in five innings, but didn’t get a decision. Donnie Joseph, who gave up a run on two hits and three walks in 1 2/3 innings, had a blown save, but improved his record to 3-3.

In the first game, third baseman Johnny Giavotella went three for three with two walks and an RBI. Giavotella has a five-game hitting streak, during which he is batting .529 (9 for 17)

Xavier Nady had two hits and two RBIs, while Paulo Orlando had two hits, including a home run.

Francisley Bueno, 1-2, gave up a run in the 10th.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Sam Runion gave up a run-scoring single in the 10th as the Naturals lost 2-1 at Tulsa.

Rey Navarro hit a solo homer in the fifth inning that tied the game at 1-1, but Northwest Arkansas had just six hits in the game.

Starter Sugar Ray Marimon pitched two innings and gave up a solo homer.

Rookie Burlington

Jerrell Allen had an RBI double in the ninth inning and Desmond Henry followed with a sacrifice fly as the Royals rallied for a 3-2 win against Princeton and improved to 4-0 on the season.

Allen, Henry, Chad Johnson and Mauricio Ramos all had two hits.

Rookie Advanced Idaho Falls

Hunter Dozier, the Royals’ first pick in this month’s draft, singled home Daniel Rockett with the lone run for the Chukars in a 10-1 loss at Ogden.

Rookie Surprise

Second baseman Alfredo Patino had two hits on Saturday, but the Royals lost 6-3 to the Mariners.

To reach Pete Grathoff, send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com

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