The Rockies appear to be looking at right-hander Antonio Senzatela to start Monday’s series opener in San Diego. That is Tyler Anderson’s spot in the rotation, but he is on the injured list. Jeff Hoffman was on hand at Coors Field to step into that role on Wednesday, but the game was snowed out and he returned to Triple-A Albuquerque, without having been activated on the big-league roster.
Senzatela and Hoffman both pitched in the Isotopes 7-6 loss at Reno on Thursday. Here’s the catch, Senzatela started and worked two innings, allowing one hit and striking out one on 22 pitches. Hoffman relieved him and gave up four runs on four hits and two walks in four innings, although he did strike out eight.
Considering Senzatela (infection right heel) pitched five innings in his first rehab assignment five days earlier, it would seem he was on a limited pitch count on Thursday because he will be coming back on three days of rest.
Time will tell.
In Thursday’s Games
Triple-A Albuquerque (5-3) lost 7-6 at Reno (D-backs). Mitch Horacek (0-1, 20.25) gave up three runs in the seventh. Noel Cuevas (.387), who hit for the cycle on Wednesday, was 2-for-4 with a double, double, home run and two RBI. No. 1 ranked prospect Brendan Rodgers (.300), who started at second base in the first seven games, was at third base on Thursday and went 3-for-5 with a double, home run and two RBI. The Isotopes were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, including Elliott Soto (.194) striking out to end the game with the bases loaded.
Double-A Hartford (2-6) won 10-5 in its home opener against New Hampshire (Blue Jays). Vince Fernandez (.231) was 3-for-3 with a three-run home run in the third, and double, driving in four runs, scoring three. Arvicent Perez (.500), a catcher making his first start of the season as the DH, was 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Heath Holder (1-0, 0.00) worked a scoreless 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowed three hits and a walk, striking out three. Brandon Gold (5.40) started and gave up five runs on 11 hits, striking out four, in 3 1/3 innings.
High A Lancaster (2-6) won 9-8 at Rancho Cucamonga (Dodgers). Garrett Schilling (1-0, 5.06) started and allowed one run on four hits and three walks, striking gout 10 in six innings. Austin Moore (3.86) earned his first save, retiring the final two batters, but not until after he gave up a grand slam to Nick Yarnall, the first batter he faced. Four Jethawks had two RBI. Right fielder Casey Golden (.346) was 3-for-4, scored three runs, and drove in two runs with two home runs. Shortstop Ryan Vilade (.333) was 2-for-5, scored twice, doubled, stole his fourth base of the season and drove in two runs. DH Luis Castro (.313) was 2-for-5 with two RBI. First baseman Todd Czinege (.206) was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, two RBI, a double and a home run.
Low A Asheville (4-4) lost 8-2 at Hagerstown (Nationals). Catcher Willie MacIver (.444) extended his hitting streak to seven games with his fifth two-hit game, with single, double and two RBI. Shelby Lackey (0-1, 9.00) started and allowed five runs on five hits and two walks, striking out five in four innings.