Former first-round pick Riley Pint’s 2018 debut was easily overshadowed on Tuesday by Low-A Asheville sweeping a doubleheader against Charleston by scores of 17-3 and 8-3.
In the long haul, however, Pint making the start in Game 1 was encouraging. The fourth player selected in the 2016 draft with a resume that showed only 138 1/3 innings pitched in his first three pro seasons, started and worked two shutout innings in Game 1. He gave up one hit and one walk and struck out three.
Big deal? Well, Pint, who pitched only 8 1/3 innings a year ago, came into this season with a 3-19 career win-loss record with a 5.33 ERA. He struck out 123, but also walked 93 and threw 37 wild pitches.
In Tuesday’s Games
Triple A Albuquerque (4-2) lost 4-3 at Reno (D-backs). With Jeff Hoffman called up by the Rockies with plans for him to start the Rockies Wednesday game against the Braves, weather permitting, right-hander David Holman (0-1, 9.00) started and gave up three runs in three innings. The Isotopes scored two runs in the fifth on a safety squeeze by reliever Kenny Koplove, and an RBI-double by Sam Hilliard (.200), who also singled.
Double A Hartford (1-5) lost 7-3 at Harrisburg (Blue Jays). Colton Welker (.100), who had his first hit of the season on Monday, hit his first home run, and shortstop Alan Trejo 9.286) was 3-for-4 with two RBI. Ashton Goudeau (0-1, 9.82) gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and a walk, striking out five.
High A Lancaster (0-5) was postponed against Lake Elsinore (Padres) because of high winds. The Jethawks will host Lake Elsinore in a doubleheader Wednesday.
Low A Asheville (4-2) swept a doubleheader from Charleston (Yankees), 17-3 and 8-3. Will Golsan (.381) had four hits, including two home runs, scoring four runs and driving in six runs in the two games, and Torrin Vavra (.391) had four hits and seven RBI. Nick Bush (1-0, 6.75) relieved Pint in Game 1 and was credited with the win. P.J. Poulin (1-0, 0.00) was credited with the win in Game 2 in relief of Ryan Feltner (9.53), who allowed two runs on two hits, walking five, in three innings.