Friday Farm Report: Hoffman Continues to Build Up Arm Strength

AAA Albuquerque was juggling it's pitching staff in the wake of Jeff Hoffman and Jon Gray, who were scheduled to start Friday and Saturday, being called up by the Rockies and inserted into the rotation.

Hoffman and Gray are filling in for Antonio Senzatela and Chad Bettis, both of whom were scratched by the Rockies because of blister problems on their right middle finger.

In Thursday's Games

AAA Albuquerque (44-46) lost 5-4 at Las Vegas. Ryan McMahon (.263) hit a two-run home run in the four-run sixth, giving the Isotopes a short-lived 4-3 lead. Brooks Pounders (0-1, 3.00) suffered the loss in relief, giving up an eighth inning home run to Peter Alonso (.188). Brett Oberholtzer (6.19) allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out four, in five innings. Jose Fuentes (.332) was 3-for-4 with a double and RBI.

AA Hartford (43-45) lost 4-3 at Harrisburg. Zack Collier reached over the fence, turning a potential game-tying home run by Forrest Wall into the game-ending out. Wall (.235) did hit a two-run home run in the second. He also doubled in the fifth, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a ground out by Brandon Bednar (.429). Frank Duncan (0-1, 4.38) started and suffered the loss, allowing four runs on seven hits, striking out five in four innings.

High A Lancaster (12-10 2nd half; 45-47) lost 8-4 at Rancho Cucamonga. Vince Fernandez (.281) hit a three-run home run in the fourth. Kenny Oakley (0-5, 7.04) suffered the loss in relief, giving up three unearned runs. He retired two batters, giving up two hits and a walk, and striking out one. Logan Longwith (7.93) allowed two runs on four hits and a walk, striking out four in 3 2/3 innings in his first start since he went on the disabled list May 25.

Low A Asheville (11-8 2nd half; 38-50) was swept in a doubleheader, losing 4-1 and 5-2 at Lakewood. Casey Golden (.242) was 1-for-3 with a home run in Game 1. Lucas Gilbreath (4-5, 5.09) allowed four runs on six hits and a walk, striking out one in six innings. Erick Julio (3-2, 4.98) suffered the loss in the second game. Ryan Vilade (.242) was 2-for-4 with a two-run single in the third.

Short-season A Boise (15-12) lost 7-1 at Vancouver. Nick Bush (0-2, 4.50) allowed three runs on eight hits and two walks in four innings. Mattt Hearn (.359) singled home Kyle Datres in the third to provide Boise's only run.

Rookie Grand Junction (13-14) lost 6-1 at Billings. Eris Filpo (2-3, 8.31) allowed five runs on six hits and a walk, striking out four, in two innings. Grant Lavigne (.400) was 0-for-2, ending his 11-game hitting streak. The Rockies were hitless in seven at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Dominican Summer League South (14-21) lost 9-1 against the Phillies Red. Anderson Amarista (3-4, 4.54) allowed eight runs, four earned, on 11 hits in five innings. Ronaike Palma (.360) was 2-for-4, driving in the Rockies lone run in the ninth,.

Dominican Summer League Northeast (19-14) won 5-2 against the Royals 2. Eddy Diaz (.267) was 0-for-3, but did drive in two runs. Juan Toribio (1-1, 3.29) pitched five scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk, striking out six.


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