CLINTON, Iowa -- Kyle Zimmer, the Kansas City Royals' first-round draft choice in 2012, earned his first victory as a member of the Kane County Cougars -- a 5-0 triumph over the Clinton LumberKings on Friday night at Ashford University Field.
Zimmer (1-2) recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in 6 shutout innings, limiting the LumberKings (52-63, 29-18) to 3 hits and not allowing a runner to reach third base.
The game was scoreless after six innings when the Cougars (58-59, 24-23) broke through against reliever Josh Corrales (3-4). Alex Llanos led off the seventh with a double and reached third on Julio Aparicio's sacrifice bunt. Henry Moreno drove home Llanos with a sacrifice fly.
The Cougars added 4 runs in the eighth, paced by Justin Trapp's second triple of the night and an RBI bunt single from Dean Espy. Espy and Danny Mateo scored on Llanos' double and Aparicio capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to drive in Llanos.
Malcom Culver replaced Zimmer with two outs in the seventh and struck out Guillermo Pimentel. Culver didn't allow a runner in 1 innings. Cody Fassold worked around a one-out double in the ninth to preserve the shutout.