Pitching problems persist for Pettyjohn

Three consecutive starts Adam Pettyjohn has faltered badly giving up a total of 21 runs in just six innings and three straight times the Sacramento River Cats offense has bailed him out.

On Aug. 5, Pettyjohn (1-0) gave up one run in the second inning and seven runs in the fourth inning against the Albuquerque Isotopes but received a no-decision after the River Cats responded with 15 runs in the final five innings to win 16-13.

Matt Watson fell a double short of the cycle and drove in five runs for the River Cats in the comeback win and Mike Edwards also added a three-run home run.

For Pettyjohn this was familiar territory. In his two previous outings he was unable to escape the second inning but the River Cats managed to win one game 11-10 and lose the other by the same score after taking an 8-7 lead in the sixth inning.

Pettyjohn was traded to the Oakland A's franchise on July 18 and made his debut with the Sacramento River Cats on July 19 where he pitched arguably his strongest game of the season.

He helped snap a five-game losing skid for the River Cats by blanking the Salt Lake Stingers through 6 2/3 innings allowing just four hits.

Pettyjohn was scheduled to pitch last night but as of press time the game had not been played.

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