Farm Report April 20: Hoffman Activated from DL; Assigned to Albuquerque
Jeff Hoffman made a statement on Thursday night. Yes, he suffered the loss for Triple-A Albuquerque, but it was a 1-0 loss at Tacoma. In the third start of Hoffman's medical rehab assignment he retired the final 11 batters he faced in a 3 2/3 innings effort.
He allowed one hit -- but that hit was a home run by Denver Christian alum Kirk Nieuwenhuis with one out in the second. Considered healthy after being sidelined since early in spring with shoulder soreness, Hoffman was activated from the disabled list Friday and assigned to Albuquerque.
In Thursday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (6-8) lost 1-0 at Tacoma. Chris Jensen relieved Hoffman with two out in the fifth, and finished up the game, retiring 10 of 11 batters he faced. Josh Fuentes raised is average to .357 with two hits, which extended his hitting streak to 12 games in which he is 20-for-49 (.408). Fuentes, however, is one game behind Daniel Castro, who extended his streak to 13 games.
AA Hartford (4-9) lost 5-0 at Portland, the ninth time in 13 games Hartford has scored three or few runs. Ryan Castellani suffered the loss despite allowing one run in 5 2/3 innings and lowering his ERA to 2.20. Jason Grace was the victim of a four-run seventh in which he walked the bases loaded, and gave up a grand slam to Josh Ockiney. No. 1 prospect Brendan Rogers had a single, giving him five hits in the last three games, during which he has raised his average 65 points to .208.
High A Lancaster (7-8) lost 8-3 at Inland Empire. Vince Fernandez's double was the team's only extra-base hit. Heath Holder, in his first start after 72 relief appearances, worked four shutout innings, giving up one hit and two walks while striking out six, lowering his ERA to 2.08. Reliever Ken Oakley gave up four runs in the fifth, including a bases-loaded triple by Jonah Todd.
A Asheville (3-11) lost 3-0 at West Virginia. The Tourists managed four hits. Garrett Schilling (1-1) allowed three runs, two earned, in 5 2/3 innings.