Rotation Stable at Coors But Rotating Throughout Minors
The Rockies and the Astros are the only teams in MLB to use only five starting pitchers so far this season.
Life on the farm, however, isn't as stable.
Triple A Albuquerque already has used 11 different starting pitchers, and that was before the call-up of Jeff Hoffman on Friday and Sam Howard on Saturday to the big-league team,. Hoffman has made a team-high 10 starts for the Isotopes and Howard is one behind him with nine.
Double-A Hartford has used eight starters, the fewest of the Rockies four minor-league teams, and the two Single-A affiliates, High-A Lancaster and Low-A Asheville, have used nine starters each.
In Saturday's Games
AAA Albuquerque (31-31) lost 2-0 at Omaha, the fourth time the Isotopes have been shutout this season. Yency Almonte (1-4, 6.67) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks, striking out two in six innings. The Isotopes had five singles.
AA Hartford (29-33) won 6-1 at Altoona. Peter Lambert (5-2, 2.51) allowed one run on 10 hits, striking out eight in 8 2/3 innings. Logan Cozart came on to get the last out and earn his second save. Forrest Wall and Brendan Rodgers hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning to give the Yard Goats a 3-1 lead. Dom Nunez homered in the first.
High A Lancaster (29-33) lost 9-5 to Lake Elsinore. Roberto Ramos hit two home runs, giving him 16 for the season. David Hill (1-1, 1.88) allowed two runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out six in five innings.
Low A Asheville (24-37) swept a doubleheader from Lexington, winning 7-1 in Game 1, and 5-3 in Game 2. Lucas Gilbreath (4-3, 6.41) allowed one run on six hits and two walks, striking out seven in five innings. Bret Boswell doubled and hit his ninth home run. In Game 2, Braxton Lorenzini (2-0, 3.38) earned the win with two innings of relief in which he struck out three. Robert Tyler earned his third save with a three-inning effort. Justin Valdespina (6.17) started and allowed three runs on six hits and a walk, striking out two in four innings. Chad Spanberger (.330) doubled and hit his 15th home run. Ramon Marcelino (.248) hit his 12th home run, and catcher Robbie Perkins (.247) hit his second home run.