Monday in the minors: Mondesi hits for cycle, Nady is on fire, Ventura dazzles, Zimmer struggles

Designated hitter Raul Mondesi hit for the cycle and knocked in three runs Monday as the Low-A Lexington won 7-4 over Kannapolis.

Mondesi, who had two homers on Sunday, has hit in four straight (.533 average).

Lexington scored single runs in each of the first five innings, then had two in the sixth. Christian Binford was the beneficiary. He went seven innings and gave up four runs (two earned) on just three hits. He struck out six and didn’t walk a batter.

Shortstop Humberto Arteaga had two hits, including a double, and Lexington had eight hits in the game.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

San Antonio scored a run in the bottom of the ninth and beat the Naturals 2-1.

Northwest Arkansas starter Yordano Ventura tossed a gem. He struck out eight in eight innings, didn’t walk a batter and threw 71 of his 96 pitches for strikes. He allowed just four hits including a home run by Raymond Fuentes that tied the game 1-1.

It stayed that way until the bottom of the ninth when San Antonio scored a run against Jon Keck, who issued two walks and allowed a hit.

Rey Navarro’s RBI double in the third scored Brett Eibner with the Naturals’ only run.

Class AAA Omaha

First baseman Xavier Nady continue his hitting tear by smacking a three-run homer in support of Will Smith as the Storm Chasers won 7-3 at New Orleans.

Nady has a 12-game hitting streak. Toss out a pinch-hitting appearance on May 11 and he’s hit in 17 straight. In his last 18 games, Nady is batting .382 with three homers, four doubles and 14 RBIs. Overall, his average is up to .344.

Smith allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings on nine hits. He walked only one and struck out six as his ERA dropped to 2.77.

Everett Teaford gave up a run on three hits in two innings, and Kelvin Herrera closed out the game with a perfect ninth inning. Herrera struck out one and needed just nine pitches, but it wasn’t a save situation.

The Storm Chasers trailed 1-0 when they scored four times in the fourth inning, highlighted by Nady’s three-run homer. Nady also singled home Johnny Giavotella during a three-run sixth inning.

High A Wilmington

One night after winning a 14-inning contest, the Blue Rocks played another crazy game, but lost 13-8 at Carolina.

Wilmington scored four in the third, but allowed seven in the fourth before storming back to take an 8-7 lead by pushing four more runs in the sixth. But the Mudcats took over from there.

Kyle Zimmer had a tough outing, allowing seven runs (five earned) in three innings. Zimmer, the Royals’ top pick in last year’s draft, breezed through three innings by giving up just a single and striking out five.

But in the fourth, Zimmer walked Francisco Lindor, who stole second and went to third on an error. The next two batters reached on errors before the Mudcats got a walk, two doubles and a single and knocked Zimmer from the game.

Center fielder Lane Adams had two hits and four RBIs, with three coming during the four-run sixth. Geulin Beltre hit a solo shot in the sixth as well.