Hoffman Hands Rainiers First Defeat

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.

RAINIERS ROUND-UP

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.

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Win a game, win a series.

One Response to Hoffman Hands Rainiers First Defeat

  1. Mark Bushnell says:

    Mike, It would be nice to win a series. Even leading 2-0, I don’t seem to remember the Rainiers winning their fare share of them.

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