Zimmer wins Class AA debut on a good night for Royals prospects

Kyle Zimmer’s debut for Class AA Northwest Arkansas on Saturday night was an unquestioned success as the Naturals beat Springfield 3-1.

Zimmer, who officially was promoted from Class A Wilmington on Friday, allowed three hits in six shutout innings with one walk and seven strikeouts. Zimmer, who hit a batter, threw 56 of his 86 pitches for strikes.

Brian Fletcher’s double in the bottom of the first inning scored Brett Eibner and Orlando Calixte for the Naturals. Rey Navarro opened the second with a solo homer.

Class A Lexington

Miguel Almonte returned from the Future’s Game and struck out 10 in six innings as the Legends beat Greenville 4-1.

Almonte, 4-7, allowed one unearned run in six innings and lowered his ERA to 3.36.

Terrance Gore opened the game and after an out stole second (his 53rd of the year) and took third on Mark Threlkeld’s single. Bubba Starling delivered a sacrifice fly, and Mark Donato and Michael Antonio had consecutive singles to score Threlkeld to make it 2-0.

Greenville got its run in the sixth inning, but the Legends got it right back when Yowill Espinal’s double scored Jin-Ho Shin. An inning later, Threlkeld hit a solo homer to left.

Matthew Murray pitched two scoreless innings (two walks, three strikeouts) and Mark Peterson got his 13th save with a scoreless ninth (one walk, one strikeout).

Class AAA Omaha

Yordano Ventura gave up one run in five innings as the Storm Chasers won 4-1 at Albuquerque.

Ventura allowed six hits, walked two and struck out five as he improved to 3-3. Will Smith retired all nine batters he faced and struck out five. That got his a hold. Donnie Joseph gave up a ninth-inning homer, but struck out two and got his fourth save.

A solo homer was one of Anthony Seratelli’s two hits as he raised his average to .282. Willy Taveras, Quintin Berry and Max Ramirez each had an RBI.

Class A-Advanced Wilmington

John Lamb’s struggled continued as he allowed six runs on 10 hits in two-plus innings of the Blue Rocks’ 11-3 loss at Myrtle Beach.

Tyler Sample walked four and gave up two runs (but no hits) in 11/3 innings. He also threw four wild pitches and hit a batter.

Jorge Bonifacio had two hits, including a double for Wilmington.

Rookie Advanced Idaho Falls

Hunter Dozier’s delivered a walk-off single with two outs in the 10th inning as the Chukars beat Missoula 6-5.

Humberto Arteaga had a one-out double and moved to third when Dozier delivered his game-winner.

The Chukars trailed 5-3 in the seventh, but Beau Maggi hit his first homer of the season, a two-run shot that tied the game.

Kyle Bartsch got two outs in the 10th, stranding a runner at third, and got the victory.

Starter Jonathan Dziedzic, a 13th-round pick last month, allowed two runs on five hits in four innings with four strikeouts.

Rookie Burlington

Ramon Torres’ single scored Andrew Ayers with what turned out to be the winning run as the Royals rallied from a three-run deficit and beat Pulaski 6-5.

Torres had four hits, including a two-run homer in the first that staked Burlington to a 2-1 lead. But Pulaski scored four straight runs for a 5-2 lead before the Royals rallied. Ben Tomchick, 1-1, tossed three shutout innings of relief and Andrew Edwards got his fourth save by throwing two scoreless innings.