Hoffman shines in Colorado's 8-1 win over slumping Phillies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Jeff Hoffman turned a spot start into a splendid audition for a more permanent role in Colorado's rotation.

Hoffman struck out seven and tossed three-hit ball over seven innings to lead the Rockies to an 8-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday night.

Hoffman (2-0) also had his first big league hit and the National League-leading Rockies continued to cruise away from home. They are the best in the majors with a 16-7 road record and are 5-2 on this season-long 10-game road trip.

''That's two wins toward going to winning the West and winning, hopefully, the World Series,'' Hoffman said.

The 22-year-old-Hoffman, rated Colorado's No. 2 prospect, made his second spot start of the season. He was needed because the Rockies played a doubleheader last week and went with Hoffman rather than use a starter on short rest. He'll likely return to the minors but certainly impressed against the woeful Phillies.

So what's next for Hoffman?

''Can't tell you,'' manager Bud Black said, smiling. ''Sensitive information.''

The tarp covered the field until 30 minutes or so before first pitch, the sixth straight game the Rockies failed to take batting practice.

No worries. Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer and the Rockies scored four runs off Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff (0-5).

Hoffman, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2014 draft, threw 99 pitches and flashed the command needed to establish himself as a future member of the rotation. He retired the first 11 batters of the game and struck out Maikel Franco with runners on first and third to end the fourth.

''He has the physical attributes to be a good one,'' Black said. ''There are some other boxes he has to check off.''

Mixing the occasional breaking stuff with a dominating fastball, Hoffman checked a box or two against the Phillies.

''I think they have some confidence in me now,'' Hoffman said.

But a lot of pitchers are sharp this season against the struggling Phillies. Philadelphia opened a seven-game homestand with its 18th loss in the past 22 games.

''There's more talent on this team than what we've shown,'' Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said. ''We'll pull out of it. We will. That's what talented players will do. I'm not going to tell the fans they shouldn't be frustrated. We've gone through a tough stretch.''

Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run double and DJ LeMahieu had an RBI single in the third for a 3-0 lead that was all the run support Hoffman needed. Arenado's 12th homer of the season came in a four-run ninth that blew the game open.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: Triple-A second baseman Jesmuel Valentin could miss the rest of the season with a separated shoulder that will require surgery. Valentin, son of former major leaguer Jose Valentin, was originally hurt in winter ball and recently aggravated the injury.

LINEUP SHAKEUP

Michael Saunders (batting .232) was dropped from the middle of the order to eighth. Saunders, an All-Star with Toronto last season, had only four homers and 15 RBIs in a disappointing first two months with Philadelphia. Klentak supported manager Pete Mackanin's decision to bump Saunders in the order. ''At the same time, we still have plenty of confidence that Michael's going to get himself out of this,'' Klentak said. The Phillies still had only three hits for the second straight game.

Klentak said there was no thought of moving scuffling starter Vince Velasquez into the bullpen. Klentak also said pitching coach Bob McClure's job is safe.

BALL THREE

Neither team walked.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP German Marquez (2-2, 4.34 ERA) takes the mound in his ninth career start.

Phillies: RHP Zach Eflin (0-1, 4.25 ERA) allowed seven runs in his previous outing and looks to win for the first time in seven starts.

---

More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball

Copyright 2017 by Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

123456789RHE
RockiesCOL29-17
0030010048130
PhilliesPHI15-27
000100000131
  • W: J. Hoffman (2-0)L: J. Eickhoff (0-5)
  • HR: COL - N. Arenado (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF52230021.321.358.588.9469.0
D. LeMahieu 2B50110013.296.367.391.7581.5
N. Arenado 3B51121012.291.349.589.9376.5
C. Gonzalez RF51300001.234.309.357.6665.0
M. Reynolds 1B50100022.319.396.575.9710.0
G. Parra LF30010001.254.283.377.6611.0
A. Amarista SS42300000.370.382.593.9745.0
T. Wolters C32100002.313.403.403.8064.0
J. Hoffman P20100010.200.200.200.4000.5
S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- P. Valaika SS00000000.245.273.547.8200.0
J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Dunn in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B40000010.289.356.410.766-0.5
F. Galvis SS40000010.248.289.418.707-0.5
A. Altherr LF41200010.306.394.6221.0154.5
T. Joseph 1B30110011.256.317.464.7811.5
M. Franco 3B30000022.221.281.377.657-1.0
J. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
O. Herrera CF30000001.232.284.348.6320.0
C. Rupp C30000020.248.330.446.776-1.0
M. Saunders RF30000010.227.273.383.656-0.5
J. Eickhoff P10000010.083.083.083.167-0.5
a- B. Stassi PH10000000.200.279.382.6610.0
P. Neshek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Blanco 3B10000010.212.278.333.611-0.5
  • a-flied out for Eickhoff in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon (11), C. Gonzalez (10)
  • HR - N. Arenado (12)
  • SF - G. Parra
  • SH - J. Hoffman, P. Valaika (2)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon 3 (36), D. LeMahieu (17), N. Arenado 2 (32), G. Parra (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado 2 (10)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Altherr 2 (11)
  • RBI - T. Joseph (20)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Joseph (11)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Blackmon (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - C. Hernandez, T. Joseph, F. Galvis
  • E - T. Joseph (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hoffman (W, 2-0)7.03110703.290.4330.5
S. Oberg (H, 4)0.10000105.400.000.5
M. Dunn (H, 10)0.20000204.610.001.0
J. McGee1.00000102.120.003.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Hoffman (W, 2-0)7.0
S. Oberg (H, 4)0.1
M. Dunn (H, 10)0.2
J. McGee1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Eickhoff (L, 0-5)6.09440404.701.502.0
P. Neshek1.01000201.101.003.0
J. Rodriguez1.11310006.950.751.0
L. Garcia0.22110113.183.00-2.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Eickhoff (L, 0-5)6.0
P. Neshek1.0
J. Rodriguez1.1
L. Garcia0.2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hoffman 99-65, S. Oberg 5-3, M. Dunn 10-7, J. McGee 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hoffman 4-10, J. McGee 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Hoffman 24, S. Oberg, M. Dunn 2, J. McGee 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Rodriguez (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Eickhoff 93-62, P. Neshek 22-15, J. Rodriguez 26-19, L. Garcia 16-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Eickhoff 6-7, J. Rodriguez 5-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Eickhoff 26, P. Neshek 4, J. Rodriguez 7, L. Garcia 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
123456789RHE
RockiesCOL29-17
0030010048130
PhilliesPHI15-27
000100000131
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF52230021.321.358.588.9469.0
D. LeMahieu 2B50110013.296.367.391.7581.5
N. Arenado 3B51121012.291.349.589.9376.5
C. Gonzalez RF51300001.234.309.357.6665.0
M. Reynolds 1B50100022.319.396.575.9710.0
G. Parra LF30010001.254.283.377.6611.0
A. Amarista SS42300000.370.382.593.9745.0
T. Wolters C32100002.313.403.403.8064.0
J. Hoffman P20100010.200.200.200.4000.5
S. Oberg P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
M. Dunn P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- P. Valaika SS00000000.245.273.547.8200.0
J. McGee P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Total37813710712-----
  • a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Dunn in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Hernandez 2B40000010.289.356.410.766-0.5
F. Galvis SS40000010.248.289.418.707-0.5
A. Altherr LF41200010.306.394.6221.0154.5
T. Joseph 1B30110011.256.317.464.7811.5
M. Franco 3B30000022.221.281.377.657-1.0
J. Rodriguez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
L. Garcia P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
O. Herrera CF30000001.232.284.348.6320.0
C. Rupp C30000020.248.330.446.776-1.0
M. Saunders RF30000010.227.273.383.656-0.5
J. Eickhoff P10000010.083.083.083.167-0.5
a- B. Stassi PH10000000.200.279.382.6610.0
P. Neshek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Blanco 3B10000010.212.278.333.611-0.5
Total3013100114-----
  • a-flied out for Eickhoff in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Blackmon (11), C. Gonzalez (10)
  • HR - N. Arenado (12)
  • SF - G. Parra
  • SH - J. Hoffman, P. Valaika (2)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon 3 (36), D. LeMahieu (17), N. Arenado 2 (32), G. Parra (15)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Arenado 2 (10)
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Altherr 2 (11)
  • RBI - T. Joseph (20)
  • 2-Out RBI - T. Joseph (11)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Blackmon (4)
FIELDING
  • DP - C. Hernandez, T. Joseph, F. Galvis
  • E - T. Joseph (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hoffman (W, 2-0)7.03110703.290.4330.5
S. Oberg (H, 4)0.10000105.400.000.5
M. Dunn (H, 10)0.20000204.610.001.0
J. McGee1.00000102.120.003.5
Total9.03110110---
PITCHERSIP
J. Hoffman (W, 2-0)7.0
S. Oberg (H, 4)0.1
M. Dunn (H, 10)0.2
J. McGee1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Eickhoff (L, 0-5)6.09440404.701.502.0
P. Neshek1.01000201.101.003.0
J. Rodriguez1.11310006.950.751.0
L. Garcia0.22110113.183.00-2.5
Total9.01386071---
PITCHERSIP
J. Eickhoff (L, 0-5)6.0
P. Neshek1.0
J. Rodriguez1.1
L. Garcia0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hoffman 99-65, S. Oberg 5-3, M. Dunn 10-7, J. McGee 14-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hoffman 4-10, J. McGee 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Hoffman 24, S. Oberg, M. Dunn 2, J. McGee 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Rodriguez (3)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Eickhoff 93-62, P. Neshek 22-15, J. Rodriguez 26-19, L. Garcia 16-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Eickhoff 6-7, J. Rodriguez 5-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Eickhoff 26, P. Neshek 4, J. Rodriguez 7, L. Garcia 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Arenado homered to left center, Blackmon scored81
    Blackmon safe at first on 1st baseman Joseph fielding error, Amarista and Wolters scored, Blackmon to second61
  • 6TH INNING
    Parra hit sacrifice fly to right, Gonzalez scored41
  • 4TH INNING
    Joseph singled to deep right, Altherr scored31
  • 3RD INNING
    LeMahieu singled to left, Blackmon scored30
    Blackmon doubled to shallow left, Amarista and Wolters scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Rodriguez Pitching:
    • A. Amarista: Ball, Amarista reached on an infield single to second
    • T. Wolters: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Wolters hit by pitch, Amarista to second
    • Patrick Valaika hit for Mike Dunn
    • P. Valaika: Valaika hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Amarista to third, Wolters to second
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Blackmon safe at first on 1st baseman Joseph fielding error, Amarista and Wolters scored, Blackmon to second
    • Luis Garcia relieved Joely Rodriguez
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu lined out to right, Blackmon to third
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Arenado homered to left center, Blackmon scored
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Foul, Gonzalez singled to shallow center
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Jake McGee pitching
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • F. Galvis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Galvis grounded out to third
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Altherr grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Joely Rodriguez pitching
    • Andres Blanco at third
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Gonzalez grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Reynolds: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Reynolds grounded out to second
    • G. Parra: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Parra grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Scott Oberg relieved Jeff Hoffman
    • C. Rupp: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Rupp struck out swinging
    • Mike Dunn relieved Scott Oberg
    • M. Saunders: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Saunders struck out on foul tip
    • A. Blanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Blanco struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Pat Neshek pitching
    • J. Hoffman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hoffman struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Blackmon reached on an infield single to third
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, LeMahieu struck out swinging
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hoffman Pitching:
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Altherr doubled to deep right center
    • T. Joseph: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Joseph struck out swinging
    • M. Franco: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
    • O. Herrera: Foul, Herrera grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
    • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez doubled to shallow right
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Reynolds singled to left, Gonzalez to third
    • G. Parra: Parra hit sacrifice fly to right, Gonzalez scored
    • A. Amarista: Ball, Strike looking, Amarista singled to right, Reynolds to second
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Wolters grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brock Stassi hit for Jerad Eickhoff
    • B. Stassi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stassi flied out to deep right
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez flied out to deep left
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Galvis struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
    • T. Wolters: Foul, Ball, Wolters flied out to deep center
    • J. Hoffman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Hoffman singled to center
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Blackmon struck out on foul tip
    • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu lined out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hoffman Pitching:
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Herrera flied out to deep left
    • C. Rupp: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rupp grounded out to third
    • M. Saunders: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Saunders flied out to deep right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Reynolds struck out looking
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Parra grounded out to second
    • A. Amarista: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Amarista lined out to center
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hoffman Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hernandez lined out to left
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Galvis grounded out to first
    • A. Altherr: Altherr doubled to deep right center
    • T. Joseph: Joseph singled to deep right, Altherr scored
    • M. Franco: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Franco struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
    • A. Amarista: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Amarista singled to center
    • T. Wolters: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Wolters singled to left center, Amarista to second
    • J. Hoffman: Foul, Foul, Hoffman hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Amarista to third, Wolters to second
    • C. Blackmon: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Blackmon doubled to shallow left, Amarista and Wolters scored
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Strike looking, Blackmon stole third, Ball, LeMahieu singled to left, Blackmon scored
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Arenado grounded out to shortstop, LeMahieu to second
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Gonzalez popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hoffman Pitching:
    • C. Rupp: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rupp struck out swinging
    • M. Saunders: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Saunders popped out to first
    • J. Eickhoff: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Eickhoff struck out looking
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike swinging, Ball, Gonzalez singled to center
    • M. Reynolds: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Reynolds popped out to third
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Parra grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Gonzalez out at second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hoffman Pitching:
    • T. Joseph: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Joseph lined out to center
    • M. Franco: Ball, Franco lined out to third
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Herrera grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Eickhoff Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Blackmon struck out swinging
    • D. LeMahieu: Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to third
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Arenado lined out to left
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hoffman Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Hernandez lined out to third
    • F. Galvis: Ball, Foul, Galvis flied out to deep left
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Altherr struck out looking
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)