The Colorado Rockies’ best-laid plans were not entirely successful for the Albuquerque Isotopes on Thursday night.
Starting with the obvious down side, starting pitcher Jeff Hoffman, whom the Rockies sent down Sunday, was scheduled to pitch just one inning as the ‘Topes opened a crucial four-game series against the first-place Salt Lake Bees. It didn’t go well.
Hoffman was tagged for six runs and never made it out of the first as the Bees coasted to a 12-0 victory in front of an announced 8,926 fans.
This one was effectively over almost before it started and it was a defeat Albuquerque could ill-afford. The loss pushed the third-place Isotopes 3½ games behind Salt Lake in the PCL’s Pacific Southern Division with 11 games left in the season.