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Diamondbacks' Oeltjen hits in fifth straight game since call-up

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHOENIX -- Max Scherzer is not surprised by his former minor league roommate Trent Oeltjen's remarkable first week in the big leagues.

Oeltjen had four more hits, falling a homer shy of the cycle and helping make Scherzer a winner as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the reeling New York Mets 6-2 Tuesday.

"He plays the game the right way," said Scherzer, who roomed with Oeltjen at Triple-A Tucson last season. "He plays it hard. He is always hustling. He always takes the extra base. Right now, he's on fire."

And how.

Oeltjen has 12 hits in his first 24 at-bats since his contract was purchased from Triple-A Reno to replace the injured Justin Upton on Aug. 6. He has hit safely in all five of his major league games. Oeltjen also made a stellar catch in center field.

Oeltjen, a native of Sydney, Australia, singled and scored in a three-run third inning capped by Alex Romero's two-run single. He tripled and scored in the fourth for a 5-2 Arizona lead.

"Every day I still pinch myself, is it real or is it a dream," Oeltjen said.

Oeltjen batted in the eighth inning with a chance to become the fourth player in Arizona history to hit for the cycle.

He lined a single off pitcher Brian Stokes' glove into center field on the first pitch he saw after singling in the third inning, tripling in the fourth and doubling in the sixth.

"I'd be lying if I said it wasn't in the back of my mind," Oeltjen said.

Said Arizona manager A.J. Hinch: "That's another tribute to his style; he has a chance for the cycle, but he stays within himself and gets his ho-hum fourth hit of the game."

Scherzer (7-6) gave up two runs in 6 2/3 innings for his first victory in three career outings against the Mets. He struck out eight and did not issue a walk for the third time in his 29 major league starts while winning for the second time since June 23.

"I was just trying to avoid the big inning," Scherzer said.

Arizona (52-62) has won nine of 13, and five of six against the Mets this season after taking three of four at Citi Field from July 31-Aug. 3. In taking the first two games of the three-game series, Arizona has won three of its last four series.

New York has lost 10 of 13 after a five-game winning streak. Following a 27-20 start, the Mets have gone 25-41 since May 29 and fallen nine games under .500 for the first time since ending the 2004 season at 71-91.

Mets outfielder Jeff Francoeur hit his 12th home run in the second inning to tie the game at 1, and Alex Cora had a run-scoring single in the fourth inning.

"It gets to a point where it is about your pride now. It is about guys stepping up and doing what we have to do for the team," Francoeur said. "The last two-three weeks haven't gone the way we wanted it to, and it is time to get back to winning some games."

The Mets were 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position, left a runner on third base with one out in the first inning, and committed two errors -- by shortstop Cora and second baseman Luis Castillo. They had two errors in the first game of the series Monday.

"We have to play good, sound fundamental baseball. We get an opportunity, we have to pick up a run here or there," manager Jerry Manuel said. "As of right now, I don't know if I have many [lineup] choices, but I will sleep on some things and go from there."

Mets right-hander Livan Hernandez lasted only four innings, giving up six hits and five runs. Hernandez (7-7) has given up 34 earned runs in his last 36 innings, raising his ERA to 5.28.

Notes

  • Mets third baseman David Wright was held out of the starting lineup, although he pinch-hit in the ninth inning, striking out to end the game. "Physically he is a little down. A cold," Manuel said. Wright, hitting .322, has played in 112 of the Mets' 113 games this season.
  • Arizona signed two draft picks Tuesday, supplemental first-rounder Christopher Owings and 13th-rounder Patrick Schuster. Owings received a $950,000 signing bonus. Schuster, who threw four consecutive no-hitters at Mitchell High in New Port Richey, Fla., last spring, received $450,000. Arizona recalled left-hander Daniel Schlereth, their No. 1 pick in the 2008 draft, after placing left-hander Scott Schoeneweis on the disabled list because of depression.
 
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Sliding in for a triple, Arizona's Trent Oeltjen comes up a homer short of the cycle. (US Presswire)
Sliding in for a triple, Arizona's Trent Oeltjen comes up a homer short of the cycle. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Arizona

T. Oeltjen
AB 4
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
New York

J. Francoeur
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 
New York Mets
Cory Sullivan, CF4020000 .250
Luis Castillo, 2B3000022 .297
Fernando Tatis, 3B4110011 .243
Daniel Murphy, 1B4000012 .249
Jeff Francoeur, RF4121011 .265
Jeremy Reed, LF3010111 .258
Alex Cora, SS4011000 .256
Brian Schneider, C4010023 .198
Livan Hernandez, P1000000 .128
   a- Angel Pagan, PH1000010 .287
    Tim Redding, P0000000 .071
   b- Gary Sheffield, PH1000001 .283
    Pedro Feliciano, P0000000 .000
    Brian Stokes, P0000000 .000
   c- David Wright, PH1000011 .322
Totals34282110  
a-struck out for Hernandez in the 5th
b-flied out for Redding in the 7th
c-struck out for Stokes in the 9th
Batting
2B - Cory Sullivan (1, Scherzer)
3B - Jeff Francoeur (3, Scherzer)
HR - Jeff Francoeur (10, Scherzer)
SH - Luis Castillo (12)
RBI - Jeff Francoeur (55), Alex Cora (18)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Cora (7)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Cory Sullivan 1
E - Luis Castillo (8, Throwing), Alex Cora (9, Misplayed grounder)
New York Mets
Livan Hernandez (L,7-7) 4655350 5.28
Tim Redding 2200120 6.12
Pedro Feliciano 1210010 2.98
Brian Stokes 1100010 3.19
IBB - Romero by Tim Redding
WP - Livan Hernandez (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Livan Hernandez 82-46, Tim Redding 36-20, Pedro Feliciano 15-9, Brian Stokes 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Livan Hernandez 4-4, Tim Redding 2-2, Pedro Feliciano 1-1, Brian Stokes 1-1
Batters Faced - Livan Hernandez 22, Tim Redding 9, Pedro Feliciano 5, Brian Stokes 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS5110000 .266
Trent Oeltjen, LF4240000 .500
Gerardo Parra, CF4112022 .290
Mark Reynolds, 3B5000035 .286
Miguel Montero, C3211100 .290
Ryan Roberts, 2B3011112 .280
Chad Tracy, 1B3010103 .236
Alex Romero, RF3022100 .305
Max Scherzer, P3000024 .179
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
   a- Rusty Ryal, PH1000011 .500
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
Totals34611649  
a-struck out for Gutierrez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Stephen Drew (24, Hernandez), Trent Oeltjen (2, Redding), Ryan Roberts (12, Feliciano), Chad Tracy (12, Redding)
3B - Trent Oeltjen (1, Hernandez), Alex Romero (2, Feliciano)
SF - Gerardo Parra (3)
SH - Trent Oeltjen (1)
RBI - Gerardo Parra 2 (43), Miguel Montero (38), Ryan Roberts (13), Alex Romero 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Romero 2 (6)
Team LOB - 10
Arizona Diamondbacks
Max Scherzer (W,7-6) 6.2822081 3.94
Juan Gutierrez (H,5) 0.1000000 4.50
Esmerling Vasquez 2000120 3.72
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 118-84, Juan Gutierrez 4-3, Esmerling Vasquez 32-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 9-3, Juan Gutierrez 1-0, Esmerling Vasquez 3-1
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 28, Juan Gutierrez 1, Esmerling Vasquez 7
Game Information
Attendance - 24576
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Gerry Davis