Rockies pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman handed the Rainiers their first defeat of 2016, delivering six shutout innings in Albuquerque’s 2-0 win on Saturday evening.
Hoffman was impressive, throwing a lively fastball clocked between 93 and 97 miles per hour. He also threw numerous curveballs for called strikes.
Tacoma did get eight hits in the game, but got unlucky in the one chance to tie the game.
Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth, the Rainiers started to get something going against Hoffman. They loaded the bases with two outs for Chris Taylor. Taylor got ahead in the count 3-1 and then got a pitch he could handle, smoking a line drive to the left side – and right into the glove of Isotopes shortstop Rafael Ynoa for the final out. If that ball was hit a few feet to the left or the right, we would’ve had a tie game.
The Rainiers can still win the series with a victory today.
Yesterday: Albuquerque’s Jeff Hoffman out-dueled Tacoma’s James Paxton in a 2-0 Isotopes win. Paxton walked five batters but allowed just two hits and one run over four innings. Reliever Paul Fry struck out the side in the seventh inning – it was his Triple-A debut.
Today: Albuquerque (1-2) at Tacoma (2-1), 1:35 (Pacific).
Opponent Affiliation: Colorado Rockies.
Season Series: Tacoma leads, 2-1.
Starting Pitchers: RHP Shane Carle (-) at RHP Adrian Sampson (–).
Hot Rainiers: Ed Lucas is the only Tacoma player to hit safely in all three games – although Shawn O’Malley has reached base with a hit or a walk in all three. Mike Zunino was off last night, but he had hits in each of the first two games.
Look Out For: Isotopes shortstop Rafael Ynoa has been their biggest extra-base threat, slashing two balls into the gap for a double and a triple in this series. He’s hit safely in all three games.
Broadcast: The pregame show starts at 1:20 (Pacific) on South Sound Sports 850 AM. The broadcast also streams online via the TuneIn app – just click here. It’s a home Sunday, so Bob Robertson joins me on the air and will call the play-by-play during the middle innings.
PCL Scoreboard: Follow all Pacific Coast League games in real-time with links to Gameday screens right here.
- In the Rainiers game story from The News Tribune, we learn that health is the priority for James Paxton.
- MiLB.com caught up with Jeff Hoffman after the game.
- The Mariners were shut down by Oakland on Saturday night, 6-1. The M’s have just nine hits in the first two games of the Oakland series.
- Vidal Nuno was the final Mariners reliever to get into a game.
- Matt Calkins has a column on Mariners reliever Joel Peralta.
- The Diamondbacks turned a good old fashioned 3-2-5-2-6-9 double play.
- Three Salt Lake pitchers combined to shut out Sacramento, 6-0, and the Bees are 3-0 on the year.
- Bad weather doused the PCL games in Nevada. El Paso at Reno and Fresno at Las Vegas were both rained out.
- A rehabilitating Jarrod Dyson helped Omaha to an 11-8 win over New Orleans. Cody Decker homered twice.
- Oklahoma City came three outs away from pitching a combined no-hitter at Nashville. The Dodgers won the game, 2-1.
- Round Rock’s Joey Gallo homered twice in a 9-3 win at Iowa. Anthony Rizzo has helped Iowa’s new first baseman.
- Memphis shut out Colorado Springs 4-0 behind Jeremy Hefner.
Win a game, win a series.