Saturday on the farm: Zimmer flirts with no-hitter before Wilmington loses

Kyle Zimmer had a no-hitter through five innings, but left with a lead that Class A Wilmington ultimately lost a ninth-inning lead in a 3-2 loss at Lynchburg.

Zimmer, the Royals’ top pick in last year’s draft, walked one batter through five innings, but gave up a leadoff bunt single in the sixth. A sacrifice, a hit batsman and a force out got Lynchburg a run. But Zimmer, who gave up another hit and a walk, left the bases loaded to end the inning as Wilmington led 2-1.

After a walk and a sacrifice to start the seventh, Zimmer was replaced. He gave up the two hits, walked three and struck out six in 6 1/3 innings.

It remained 2-1 until the bottom the ninth when Robinson Yambati relieved. He gave up a single and committed two errors to load the bases. Yambati got a strikeout, but a forceout got a run home and Lynchburg won it when Yambati threw a wild pitch.

Wilmington got its runs on Parker Morin’s RBI single and Cheslor Cuthbert’s home run in the sixth. Cuthbert had three of the Blue Rocks’ eight hits.

Class A Lexington

Shortstop Humberto Arteaga broke out of a slump with a double, triple and three RBIs as the Legends beat Lakewood 8-0.

Third baseman Michael Antonio had two hits and an RBI for Lexington, which took advantage of seven walks.

Left-hander Daniel Stumpf threw six scoreless innings and improved to 3-0 with a 1.03 ERA this season. Stumpf, who fanned eight and gave up five hits, hasn’t allowed an earned run in four of his five starts.

Reliever Daniel Hernandez gave up just one hit and struck out four in three innings.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

The Naturals committed three errors that lead to three unearned runs in a 4-2 loss to Arkansas.

The miscues cost starter Jason Adam a shot at his first victory of the season. Adam, who was a fifth-round pick in the 2010 draft out of Blue Valley Northwest, struck out seven, walked two and gave up five hits in seven innings. He allowed four runs, but only one was earned.

Matt Fields hit a solo home run for the Naturals, while Roman Hernandez had a pair of doubles.