It’s going to happen some time: Kyle Zimmer will allow a run.
But so far at Class AA Northwest Arkansas, he’s been nearly unhittable. On Thursday, Zimmer struck out 12 in six scoreless innings and helped the Naturals beat Springfield 6-0.
Zimmer, the Royals’ top pick in last year’s draft, allowed just three hits and two walks. Of his 97 pitches, 69 were for strikes and every Springfield starter struck out at least once against Zimmer.
In two starts at Northwest Arkansas following a promotion from Wilmington, Zimmer has struck out 19 in 12 innings, allowing six hits, three walks and no runs.
The Naturals got the only run they needed in the first inning when Brett Eibner tripled and scored on a single by Orlando Calixte. An inning later, Lane Adams singled, stole second and took third on a wild pitch. Angel Franco hit a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
In the eighth inning, Calixte doubled took third when Brian Fletcher singled. Calixte scored on a wild pickoff throw, and Fletcher came home after two wild pitches. Eibner’s two-run homer in the ninth made it 6-0.
Reliever Jon Keck struck out four in two innings and Santiago Garrido had two strikeouts in the ninth, giving the Naturals 18 in the game.
Class AAA Omaha
Max Ramirez’s sacrifice fly scored Irving Falu with the winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning as the Storm Chasers beat Oklahoma City 2-1.
Falu opened the 12th with a walk and took second on Christian Colon’s sacrifice bunt. Anthony Seratelli was then intentionally walked. Ben Broussard followed with another walk to load the bases, setting the stage for Ramirez.
Colon’s solo homer in the first inning was the other run for Omaha.
Storm Chasers starter Yordano Ventura gave up one run on three hits in five innings with three strikeouts and one walk.
Class A-Advanced Wilmington
Jorge Bonifacio hit a two-run homer, but the Blue Rocks lost 6-2 to Myrtle Beach.
Left-hander John Lamb had one of his better outings of the season, giving up three runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked two. Kellen Moen allowed two runs on four hits in one inning of work, while Tyler Sample walked six in 21/3 innings, allowing a run.
Class A Lexington
The Legends beat West Virginia 3-2 in the completion of a game that had been suspended on July 6, but dropped the regularly-scheduled game 4-3 in 10 innings.
In the second game, Lexington trailed 3-1 in the seventh, but Fred Ford had an RBI double and scored on a single by Terrance Gore, who swiped his 58th base of the season in the game.
The Power got its run in the 10th thanks to two Legends errors. For the game, the Legends’ Mark Threlkeld had three hits, including a double.
In the first game, Raul Mondesi had two hits, including a triple, and an RBI. Cameron Gallagher doubled and had an RBI. Aroni Nina gave up one run on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts.
Rookie Advanced Idaho Falls
Daniel Rockett hit a three-run homer as part of a seven-run seventh inning and the Chukars won 9-4 at Grand Junction.
Cody Stubbs hit a solo shot for Idaho Falls. Elier Hernandez, Hunter Dozier, Carlos Garcia and Zane Evans each had two hits for the Chukars.
Starter Cody Reed allowed one run on one hit with two walks and a strikeout in two innings. Josiel Martinez, 3-1, pitched the final 31/3 innings, giving up four hits and one run with three strikeouts.
Ramon Torres had two hits, including a double, with three RBIs as the Royals beat Bristol 8-2.
Alex Newman knocked in two runs despite not collecting a hit.
Left-hander Matt Tenuta, 2-1, allowed two unearned runs on five hits in seven innings with six strikeouts and one walk. His ERA dropped to 1.35. Tenuta was drafted in the 25th round of last year’s draft. He has 29 strikeouts and eight walks in 331/3 innings.