Rutledge goes 6-for-6, extends streak

Rockies prospect has hit in 22 consecutive Cal League games

Josh Rutledge is batting .454 with 19 RBIs and 27 runs scored during the streak. (Modesto Nuts)

By Daren Smith / | July 29, 2011 11:33 PM ET

Something about facing the Bakersfield Blaze brings out the best in Josh Rutledge.

The Rockies prospect went 6-for-6 to extend his hitting streak to a California League season-high 22 games Friday, helping the Modesto Nuts walk off with an 11-10, 13-inning victory over the Blaze.

Rutledge collected five singles and a double, stole a base, scored three runs and drove in a pair. He walked in his other plate appearance and is batting .454 (44-for-97) during the streak, which eclipsed the 21-game run of Rancho Cucamonga's Jake Lemmerman as the longest in the league this year.

A 2010 third-round Draft pick, Rutledge helped Modesto erase deficits of 4-0, 6-3, 8-7 and, finally, 10-8. He singled and scored in a three-run fifth, then drew a bases-loaded walk and came home again to cap a four-run sixth that gave the Nuts their first lead, 7-6.

With Modesto trailing again in the eighth, Rutledge doubled home Delta Cleary, who was hit by a pitch with two outs and stole second.

Bakersfield regained the lead in the 13th on Jorge Jimenez's two-run homer, his first in eight games this season.

Cleary again sparked the winning rally, this time drawing a one-out walk against Doug Salinas (4-2). Rutledge singled sharply to left field and Nolan Arenado followed with his 12th homer to give the Nuts their eight victory in nine games.

The six hits were a career high for Rutledge, who went 5-for-6 at Stockton on July 7 in the fourth game of the streak. The 22-year-old shortstop ranks fourth in the league with a .334 batting average, although two of the three players ahead of him -- Jedd Gyorko and Vinnie Catricala -- have been promoted to Double-A.

Rutledge has feasted on Bakersfield pitching, hitting .431 (25-for-58) with nine RBIs and 13 runs scored against the Blaze.

Leuris Gomez (3-2) retired the only batter he faced to get the win. Salinas also recorded just one out but was charged with three runs on two hits and a walk with one strikeout.

Daren Smith is an editor for This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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