The Rockies looked at Jeff Hoffman as a potential answer to a need in the rotation. They were counting on a return of Chris Rusin from two years ago, when he was a dependable left-handed jack-of-all-trades in the bullpen. And they felt Harrison Musgrave could fill left-handed bullpen needs.
The three, however, find themselves at Triple-A Albuquerque, struggling to re-establish themselves.
After the Isotopes' 16-3 loss to Las Vegas on Friday night, Hoffman, who gave up seven runs in five innings, has an 8.01 ERA. Russin, who gave up four runs and retired two batters saw his ERA climb to 7.90. And Musgrave, on a medical rehab assignment, gave up two runs while retiring two batters, raising his ERA to 8.44, and leaving him with four runs on eight hits and a walk to score for his last 2 1/3 innings of work.
In Friday's Games:
AAA Albuquerque (36-52) lost 16-3 to Las Vegas. Josh Funetes (.254) had a two-run home run, his sixth home run of the season. Roberto Ramos (.308) was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
AA Hartford (8-9, 45-39) won 7-5 at Trenton (Yankees). Jordan Foley (3-4, 4.97) earned the win in relief, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk, striking out two in two innings. Scott Griggs (2.81) pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save. Tyler Nevin (.242) was 2-for-4 with a double, and RBI, and scored the game-winning run on an eighth-inning single from Vance Vizcaino (.230). Colton Welker (.263) and Scott Burcham (.195) were both 2-for-4 with two RBI. Matt Whitehouse (5.74) started and allowed three runs on seven hits, striking out two in four innings.
Advanced A Lancaster (9-7, 43-41) lost 4-1 at Lake Elsinore (Padres). Lucas Gilbreath (3-6, 5.99) allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits and four walks, striking out three in six innings. Sean Bouchard (.290) singled and scored on a single by Joel Diaz (.272).
A Asheville (7-9, 36-50) lost 5-1 at Rome (Braves). Shelby Lackey (3-8, 5.70) allowed four runs on six hits and three walks, striking out seven in five innings. Grant Lavigne (.243) was 1-for-3, and LeMarcus Boyd (.240) was 1-for-2, the Tourists only hits.
Short-season A Boise(12-10) won 14-12 against Tri-City (Padres). Breiling Eusebio (1-1, 3.24) allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits, striking out three in five innings. Trevor Boone (.234) was 2-for-5 with a run scored and three RBI. Isaac Collins (.282) was 3-for-6 with a double, run scored and RBI.
Rookie Grand Junction (10-10) won 12-2 against Orem (Angels). Christian Koss (.300) was 2-for-3 with a run scored and four RBI, including one that came on a bases-loaded walk in the sixth that turned into a four-run rally thanks to two errors by Orem. Miguel Ausua (3-0, 3.06) allowed one run on nine hits and a walk, striking out three in five innings. Alex Haynes (9.95) started and allowed one hit and one walk, striking out nine in three innings.