Isotopes Pitchers Throw Two-Hitter in Loss to Rainiers
Pitchers Jeff Hoffman and Chris Jensen combined for a two-hitter Thursday night, but the Isotopes (6-9) were held scoreless at the plate as the Tacoma Rainiers (8-6) defeated Albuquerque, 1-0, at Cheney Stadium. The Isotopes have now lost three straight games as they look to avoid their first sweep of the season on Friday.
Hoffman made his second rehab appearance with the Isotopes, recording his best start of the season. The 25-year-old retired 14 of the 17 batters he faced, including the final 11 of his outing. The only run of the contest came off Hoffman in the second inning when Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered to right field.
Jensen relieved Hoffman with two outs in the fifth and proceeded to throw 3.1 scoreless innings. The right-hander retired 10 of the 12 he faced, hitting one batter and walking another. The two-hitter for the Isotopes pitching staff was their first since they accomplished the feat on May 5, 2017 at El Paso.
Albuquerque's offense outhit Tacoma, 6-2, with Jordan Patterson and Josh Fuentes both collecting two hits. Fuentes extended his hitting streak to 12 games, establishing a career high for the 25-year-old third baseman. Daniel Castro tied his career best hitting streak at 13 games with a single in the fifth inning.
The Isotopes and Rainiers will conclude their series in Tacoma on Friday night. Albuquerque will send southpaw David Holmberg (0-1, 10.13) to the bump. The game is scheduled to get underway at 8:05 p.m.
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