Opinion

On the farm: Zimmer fans 13 in start, Herrera is sharp in return to pen

Kyle Zimmer continued a stretch of strong starts by striking out 13 in six innings Tuesday as Class A-Advanced Wilmington defeated Frederick 8-1.

Zimmer, the Royals’ top pick in last year’s draft, gave up one run on four hits with no walks as his ERA fell to 5.00. In his last three starts, Zimmer has allowed four runs in 20 innings (1.80 ERA). He has 26 strikeouts and just two walks in that span. He has a 3-8 record.

The Blue Rocks pounded out 16 hits, with designated hitter Tyler Chism collecting three hits and three RBIs. Catcher Parker Morin had two hits, including a double, and three RBIs.

Right fielder Jorge Bonifacio, center fielder Lane Adams, second baseman Justin Trapp and third baseman Jared Schlehuber each had two hits.

Class AAA Omaha

The Storm Chasers wasted a great start by Chris Dwyer in a 2-1 loss at Memphis.

Catcher Brett Hayes hit a solo homer in the second inning, but Omaha was held to four hits total.

Dwyer gave up two runs on six hits in six innings. Kelvin Herrera returned to the bullpen and retired all six batters he faced and he recorded three strikeouts.

Class A Lexington

The Legends scored twice in the first, but that was it as they lost 7-2 to Greensboro.

Mark Donato doubled between walks to Raul Mondesi and Bubba Starling to load the bases with one out. One run scored on a wild pitch and another on Cameron Gallagher’s sacrifice fly.

Daniel Stumpf gave up three unearned runs in the sixth innings and that swung the game in Greensboro’s favor. He allowed five hits and struck out three. Chas Byrne relieved in the seventh and gave up three runs that pushed the game out of reach.

Rookie Burlington

Mauricio Ramos had two doubles and two RBIs as the Royals defeated Elizabethton 5-4.

Starter Andres Machado gave up two runs on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings with two walks and a strikeout. Torey Deshazier, 1-0 relieved and allowed a run on two hits in 3 2/3 innings.

Rookie-Advanced Idaho Falls

The Chukars scored five in the top of the second inning, but things went downhill after that in a 9-5 loss at Helena.

Dominique Taylor hit a three-run homer for the Chukars, while Hunter Dozier had two doubles and an RBI.

Idaho Falls starter Patrick Conroy was done in by three errors by the defense in the bottom of the inning as the Brewers scored four unearned runs. Conroy allowed six hits, four walks and the four unearned runs.

Helena scored three in the bottom of the sixth to take the lead and added two more in the seventh against relievers Julio Rodriguez and Zeb Sneed.

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