Thursday in the minors: Good starts for Zimmer, Ventura

One bad pitch cost Kyle Zimmer in Class A-Advanced Wilmington’s 3-1 loss at Potomac on Thursday.

Zimmer, the Royals’ top pick in last year’s draft, gave up a three-run homer to Adrian Nieto with two outs in the sixth inning and that was the difference in the game.

Other than that, Zimmer was sensational. He gave up six hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. The home run snapped a 12-inning scoreless streak for Zimmer, who was coming off a seven-inning shutout in his last start.

Shortstop Jack Lopez hit a solo homer in the ninth for the Blue Rocks, who had six hits total. Lane Adams and Dennis Raben each had two hits.

Class AAA Omaha

Kelvin Herrera faced 13 batters and didn’t allow a hit as he started in Omaha’s 3-0 win at Round Rock.

Herrera walked two and hit a batter, but he also struck out seven. Chris Dwyer gave up five hits in 5 2/3 innings and got the win as he improved to 6-6.

Second baseman Christian Colon had three hits and walked along with one RBI. Chris Getz, playing shortstop had a double in five at-bats. His average is at .222.

Class A Lexington

Leonel Santiago and two relievers combined on a five-hitter as the Legends won 3-0 at West Virginia.

Santiago, who was making just his third appearance for Lexington after missing last season after undergoing right labrum surgery, allowed five hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out three.

First baseman Mark Threlkeld had three hits, including a double, scored a run and added an RBI. Raul Mondesi had two hits, scored twice and walked twice. Catcher Cameron Gallagher also had two hits.

Class AA Northwest Arkansas

Midland scored six unearned runs thanks to three Naturals errors and routed Northwest Arkansas 16-6.

Naturals starter Andy Ferguson gave up seven runs on six hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings.

Left-hander Noel Arguelles, the third of five Northwest Arkansas relievers, gave up six runs (two earned) in one-third of an inning. He gave up two hits and walked three. His ERA jumped to 6.53.

Arguelles, a Cuban defector, signed a five-year, $7 million major-league contract with the Royals late in 2009. The deal included an extra $2 million in incentives.

Left fielder Brian Fletcher had three hits and two RBIs, while shortstop Orlando Calixte and center fielder Yem Prades each had two hits.

Rookie Advanced Idaho Falls

Grand Junction scored nine runs in the seventh inning thanks in part to three errors and thumped the Chukars 12-2.

Cody Reed, the Royals’ second round pick in last month’s draft, allowed one run on three hits in four innings.