Three Colorado Rockies affiliates opened their seasons on Thursday, with the Albuquerque Isotopes and Lancaster JetHawks starting at home while the Hartford Yard Goats hit the road for Richmond. The Asheville Tourists had their home opener rained out against the Hagerstown Suns.
In Albuquerque, Jeff Hoffman got the Opening Day start for the Isotopes against the Salt Lake Bees, and Purple Row’s Cameron Goeldner was at Isotopes Park and had this to say about the No. 2 PuRP:
Jeff Hoffman made his season debut last night in Albuquerque, Going 5 innings while allowing 6 hits, giving up four runs, walking two and striking out six. It was a solid outing for the righty, who pitched better than his line indicates. A three-run third for the Bees was built mostly through bloopers and balls that punched their way through the infield.
Hoffman threw 82 pitches, 56 for strikes and was backed up by an offensive effort that included a two-run home run from Jordan Patterson and a two-run double by Raimel Tapia.
Right-hander Ryan Castellani made his Double-A debut against the Flying Squirrels in Richmond and had a bit of a rough time.
Castellani pitched six innings, allowing eight hits and nine runs, though just four were earned, but he did not issue a walk while striking out eight. He threw 84 pitches, 62 of them for strikes.
Raimel Tapia (No. 4 PuRP): 2-for-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB
Jordan Patterson (No. 13 PuRP): 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
Jeff Hoffman (No. 2 PuRP): 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Chris Rusin (MLB rehab): 2 2⁄3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Ryan McMahon (No. 7 PuRP): 1-for-4
Dom Nunez (No. 14 PuRP): 0-for-2, BB
Ryan Castellani (No. 9 PuRP): 6 IP, 8 H, 9 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
Garrett Hampson (No. 22 PuRP): 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 RBI
Forrest Wall (No. 15 PuRP): 3-for-5, 2B, HR, 3 R, 4 RBI
Brendan Rodgers (No. 1 PuRP): DNP