Kyle Zimmer (Jen Nevius)

Royals July 14th Minors Recap

Omaha lost to Round Rock, 10-3. The Express hit six homeruns off five different pitchers (Manny Ramirez hit a two out, two-run shot off Will Smith in the fifth).

The Storm Chasers collected just five hits, three from leadoff hitter Chris Getz. They are now off for the All-Star break.

NW Arkansas‘ comeback fell short in their 6-5 loss in Tulsa.

The Naturals hit three homeruns. Brian Fletcher hit a solo shot to give them a short-lived 1-0 lead in the top of the first (one of his two hits). Brett Eibner hit a solo shot in the third, which tied the game at 2-2. Matt Fields hit his 23rd homerun of the year, a two-run shot in the same inning, that gave the Naturals the lead.

The Drillers scored the go ahead run on a sac fly in the sixth off losing pitcher Brooks Pounders (5.2IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 4K).

With Friday’s rainout, Wilmington and Lynchburg played two on Sunday. In Game 1, it was another dazzling start for Kyle Zimmer (which turned out to be his last for the Blue Rocks). The Blue Rocks won, 6-1.

Zimmer and the Blue Rocks offense was the story. After striking out a career-high 13 on Tuesday night, he struck out ten in five innings of work on Sunday. He threw just 76 pitches and only allowed two hits.

Check out what he had to say about saying goodbye to Wilmington:

The offense collected eight hits, including four doubles. Lane Adams had one of those doubles in his final game as a Blue Rock (he was also promoted following the doubleheader). The Blue Rocks scored two runs each in the second, fourth, and fifth innings. Parker Morin went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.

Game 2 was a different story, as the Hillcats offense went to work on five Blue Rocks pitchers. The Blue Rocks lost 7-1.

After the doubleheader, 15 players (plus manager Vance Wilson and Blue Rocks employees) shaved their heads in support of the Vs. Cancer Foundation. They raised over $17,500. Ethan Chapman and Wilson led the way with over $2,000 raised.

Lexington came back to beat Delmarva, 5-4. Both teams had four run innings, but the Legends came in the fifth while trailing 4-1.

In that 5th inning, the Legends collected four straight one out run scoring hits. That made a winner of Daniel Stumpf, who allowed four runs on four hits and two walks over six innings.

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