Farm Report: Hoffman Returns to Albuquerque Rotation Against Reno Tuesday

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Triple-A Albuquerque opens a four-game series against Reno at home on Tuesday night with the return of Jeff Hoffman to the rotation in the series opener. It will be his first start since the Isotopes season-opening 11-4 loss to Salt Lake City on April 4.

Hoffman did pitch four innings in April 11 at Reno in the midst of a rotation juggling at the big-league level in light of Tyler Anderson being placed on the injured list with a left knee injury. Hoffman was scratched with a start for the Isotopes last week, and flew to Denver, where he was set to start in the Rockies series finale against the Braves last Wednesday. That game, however, was postponed because of weather.

Asa result, Hoffman rejoined Albuquerque in Reno, and pitched in relief of Antonio Senzatela last Friday, allowing four runs in four innings in what became a 7-6 loss. After the game Senzatela was called up to the Rockies to fill the Anderson spot in the rotation. He responded on Monday night by allowing one run in 6 2/3 innings of the Rockies 5-2 victory.

In Monday’s Games

AAA Albuquerque (7-5) lost 10-0 at Tacoma (Mariners). Peter Lambert (0-1, 5.93) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk, striking out three in five innings. Ryan Metzler (.286) was 2-for-4. The two teams split a four-game series in which the closest margin of defeat was seven runs. The two teams combined to hit .314 and score 62 runs. The series was played in Tacoma, however, not Albuquerque.

AA Hartford (4-8) lost 5-1 against Richmond (Giants). Phil Nevin (.200) was 1-for-1 and walked three times. Shortstop Alex Trejo, leading the Eastern League with a .459 average, had two doubles. Jack Wynkoop (0-3, 3.94) allowed four runs on six hits and a walk, striking out five, in six innings.

A Lancaster (6-6) 9-1 against Lake Elsinore (Angels). Will Gaddis (1-1, 7.11) pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings, giving up six hits and walking three. He struck out five. Ramon Marcelino (.323) was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, a double and a two-run home run. Ryan Vilade (.318) was 1-for-3 with two RBI, a run scored and his fifth stolen base.

Low A Asheville (5-7) lost 2-0 at Hickory (Rangers). Ryan Feltner (0-2, 6.35) allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk, striking out four in 5 2/3 innings. Hunter Stovall (.355) and Grant Lavigne (.289) provided the Asheville offense with a single each.

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