Down on the Farm: The Good and Bad for Hoffman Reaching Isotopes' Milestone
Jeff Hoffman set the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes career strikeout record on Tuesday night.
With seven strikeouts in the Isotopes 9-7 win against Tacoma, Hoffman now has 324 career strikeouts with the Rockies affiliate, four more than John Ely posted in the three seasons (2010-12) he spent there when the minor league team was a Dodgers' affiliate.
The good news is it is an accomplishment.
The bad news is it came at Triple-A, which underscores the inability of Hoffman to take that step to the big leagues, and stay. He has had his opportunities. He has spent stretches of each of the last four seasons with the Rockies, but has always found himself back in Albuquerque.
Hoffman most recently was sent back to Albuquerque on Sunday, and replaced in the rotation by Chi Chi Gonzalez, which led to his start for the Isotopes on Tuesday in which he set the record while being credited with the victory. He allowed four runs on four hits, walked three and struck out seven in five innings to improve to 4-3.
Ely, for what it is worth, wound up pitching parts of three seasons with the Dodgers (2010-13) in which he was 4-13 with a 5.70 ERA in 25 games, 19 starts.
In Tuesday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (34-44) won against Tacoma (Mariners). Yency Almonte worked a scoreless ninth, giving up two hits and striking out one, to earn his fourth save. Yonathan Daza (.375) hit a three-run home run in the midst of a five-run second inning. Brian Mundell (.362) was 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored. Drew Weeks (.234) was 2-for-3 with a run scored, a double and three RBI.
AA Hartford (3-4; 40-34) lost 7-2 at Bowie (Orioles). Matt Whitehouse (3-2, 6.17) couldn't get out of the second inning, giving up six runs, five earned, on five hits and two walks. He struck out one in 1 1/3 innings of work. Manuel Melendez was 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI. Tyler Nevin, a first baseman, started in left field for the first time.
A Lancaster (4-2, 38-36) lost 4-3 at Inland Empire (Angels). Ryan Vilade (.287) was 2-for-4 with a triple, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. He is 22-for-48 with three triples, four doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI during the streak. Lucas Gilbreath (3-5, 5.42) suffered the loss, allowing four runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out seven in six innings. Taylor Snyder (.244) hit his fifth home run.
Low A Asheville (2-4; 31-45) lost 4-2 at Augusta (Giants). Shelby Lackey (2-7, 5.85) allowed four runs, one earned, on three hits and three walks, striking out two in 2 2/3 innings. Derrik Watson (2.51) worked 3 1/3 shutout innings, striking out six, in relief, and Boby Johnson (4.58) and PJ Poulin (2.72) worked one inning each. Johnson gave up a hit and two strikeouts. Poulin struck out two. The Tourists were limited to four singles.
Short-season A Boise (4-8) won 4-0 against Everett (Mariners). Frederis Parra (2-0, 0.95) earned the win, pitching seven shutout innings in which he allowed four hits and a walk, and struck out six. Isaac Collins (.250) was 2-for-4 with three RBI.
Rookie Grand Junction (6-4) ran its winning streak to five in a row with a 14-3 win over Orem (Angels). Walking Cabrera (.227) and Reese Berberet (.130) hit back-to-back home runs. Berbert also doubled and finished with three RBI. Colin Simpson (.455) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a double and two RBI. Mitchell Kilkenny (0.00), who sat out last season following Tommy John surgery, pitched three shutout innings, giving up one hit and striking out three. He has gone from one to two to three innings in his appearances. Cayden Hatcher (1-1, 5.79) allowed one run on two hits and a walk, striking out four in four innings.