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The righty is completely dominant in Isotopes victory over Colorado Springs

Jeff Hoffman's time in Albuquerque has been filled with peaks and valleys. The key return of last July's Troy Tulowitzki trade saw one of his highest peaks on Sunday night: a five inning, nine strikeout performance that was as efficient as it was dominant. Only throwing 66 pitches (46 for strikes) on the night, Hoffman surrendered just one hit, an infield single in the first inning to Nate Orf. He spent most of the evening completely destroying Sky Sox hitters, striking out the side in the third and only allowing one more base runner through the next 12 batters.

Hoffman's performance is yet another bullet point in the argument for his call-up, the righty hasn't been perfect in Albuquerque but an efficient, bat-missing night like last night makes it hard for anyone to argue that he needs more time to develop. Combine that with rumors of Tyler Chatwood's back acting up again and the Rockies may not have a choice but to make the move for Hoffman this week.

Jeff lowered his season ERA to 4.02 and upped his K/9 to a sterling 9.46. Hoffman appears poised to make an impact on the big league club whether it be this summer or next spring.

The Isotopes improved to 56-64 with the victory, other scores and notes from the affiliates are below:

Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes 3, Colorado Springs Sky Sox 1

Raimel Tapia (No. 4 PuRP): 2-for-5, 2 3B, RBI, R

Tom Murphy (No.15 PuRP): 0-for-4, RBI

Jordan Patterson (No. 16 PuRP): 0-for-3, 3 K

Jeff Hoffman (No. 2 PuRP): 5 IP, 9 K, 1 BB, 1 H, 0 R

Double-A: Erie Seawolves 8, Hartford Yard Goats 7 (Game One)

Ryan McMahon (No. 6 PuRP): 2-for-4, 2B, R

Dillon Thomas (Friend of the Brand): 1-for-3

Michael Benjamin: 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI

Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats 7, Erie Seawolves 2 (Game Two)

Ryan McMahon (No. 6 PuRP): 1-for-2, R, BB

Michael Benjamin: 1-for-3, HR, 3 RBI

Sam Howard: 6 IP, 7 K, 7 H, 2 R, 1 BB

Class-A Advanced: Modesto Nuts 2, Inland Empire 66ers 0

Jack Wynkoop: 6 IP, 6 K, 2 H, 0 R

Josh Fuentes: 1-for-4, HR, RBI

Class-A: Hagerstown Suns 8, Asheville Tourists 6

Brendan Rodgers (No.3 PuRP): 1-for-5

Ben Bowden: IP, 1 K, 1 BB, 0 R

Class A Short: Boise Hawks 11, Tri-City Dust Devils 4

Garrett Hampson: 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Willie Abreu: 2-for-4, HR, RBI, BB

Daniel Suero: 4-for-5, 5 RBI, 2B

Rookie: Grand Junction Rockies 6, Missoula Osprey 4

Vince Fernandez: 3-for-5, 2 2B, 3B

Jose Gomez: 1-for-5

Colton Welker: 1-for-5, RBI

Monday Probables:

Triple-A Albuquerque: Eddie Butler (6-2, 5.06 ERA) vs. Colorado Springs

Double-A Hartford: OFF

Class-A Advanced Modesto: Ryan Castellani (5-8, 4.04 ERA)

Class-A Asheville: OFF

Class-A Short Season Boise: Antonio Santos (3-4, 5.16 ERA)

Rookie Grand Junction: Bryan Baker (3-1, 5.74 ERA) vs. Helena

DSL: TBD vs. DSL Nationals