Pettit still rolling; Sutton too

Chris Pettit has continued his hot hitting with the promotion to High-A Rancho Cucamonga. Nate Sutton is also hitting – now if the rest of the team would or could. The pitching has also seen its struggles. Jose Arredondo has blown up and Tim Schoeninger has not had an easy time in his move up a level.

The best hitter in Cedar Rapids is now the best hitter in the California League – and it is hard to believe he did not win Hitter of the Week this past week.

After hitting .346 over 64 games with the Kernels, Chris Pettit has turned his fire on another league.

The California native has turned on the jets after beginning his tour in Rancho with an 0-for-12 stretch. Since then, Pettit has 29 hits in his last 68 at bats, a .420 average, with hits in all but one of his last 16 games while reaching base safely in each.

While the outfielder collected nine homers in the Midwest League, Pettit has six already with four coming over a three-game stretch that saw him record seven extra base hits, including two multi-homer games.

Over his current seven-game hitting streak, Pettit is 17-for-32 with 10 runs scored and 11 RBIs, including an RBI in each of his last five games.

Other than Pettit and Nate Sutton, however, there are few who are hitting well in the Quakes lineup – they sit dead last in the California League in hitting at .249.

Sutton has a 15-game hitting streak snapped on July 1 but has rolled off hits in six straight. His 15-gamer was the fifth longest streak in the league and he hit .429 over that stretch with a .484 on base percentage.

During his recent stretch, Sutton is on pace to surpass the feats he accomplished last time. The second baseman is 13-for-27 with multi-hit games in four straight and five of his last six. He has also scored a run in each of his last six games, touching home 12 times and has added five RBIs.

Sutton is hitting .346 over his last 33 games with 22 runs scored. Two of his three homers have come over his last four games.

Jose Arredondo continues to puzzle after dazzling last year and early in Double-A this season.

Since being sent down to the Quakes because of perceived attitude problems, the right-hander has allowed 17 runs on 18 hits and four walks over 9.2 innings.

He has blown his last two save opportunities and has given up runs in six of his 10 appearances. Left-handed hitters have an even .500 average off him and he has allowed the leadoff hitter of an inning to reach base at an alarming .667 clip.

Tim Schoeninger hasn't been much better, despite a 1-1 record. In two starts for Rancho, the Colorado native has yielded 13 runs on 17 hits and two walks over seven innings.

The right-hander was tagged for eight runs over two frames his last time out – but to be fair it did occur in the bandbox at High Desert, but he also allowed five runs on four homers in his first outing yet recorded the win.

Schoeninger allowed five earned runs just once over his 13 starts with Cedar Rapids prior to his promotion – and that came in his final outing with the squad.


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