It’s hard to win every game played during the course of a baseball season.
So, when the Memphis Redbirds dropped Sunday’s 9-4 decision to Iowa at AutoZone Park, they did the next best thing on Monday afternoon – they got some revenge.
Oscar Mercado and Tyler O’Neill each hit first-inning home runs and the defending Pacific Coast League champions defeated the Cubs, 7-4, to win the series 3-1 and raise their record to 10-2 overall.
For O’Neill, he wasn’t done in the power department. He hit another 2run homer in the bottom of the third to give him a team-leading six on the season. Mercado now has two.
O’Neill and Max Schrock had three hits apiece for Memphis, which added runs in the fifth and the eighth on the strength of RBI singles by Schrock and Steven Baron.
It was offense all very much appreciated by Redbirds’ starter Dakota Hudson, who improved to 3-0, behind six strong innings, where he scattered seven hits and struck out four. Closer Preston Guilmet pitched the final two innings to record his fourth save.
On Sunday, Mercado and Patrick Wisdom both homered, and Memphis outhit Iowa, 12-11, yet the Cubs combined to score seven runs in the final two innings to salvage the victory. Schrock had his third multi-hit game in four outings.
O’Neill (.432) and Schrock (.408) will look to remain hot at the plate, as the Redbirds travel to Omaha for a fourgame series, starting Tuesday at 6:35 p.m.
76ers’ leading scorer, Hall of Famer Hal Greer dies at 81
PHILADELPHIA – Hal Greer, a Hall of Fame guard and the Philadelphia 76ers’ career leading scorer, has died.
The Sixers said Greer died Saturday night in Arizona after a brief illness. He was 81.
Greer spent 15 seasons with the Syracuse Nationals and Philadelphia 76ers and finished his career with a record 21,586 points. He’s also the 76ers’ career leader in field goals, field goals attempted, games and minutes played.
Greer was the first player to have his number retired (15) by the 76ers in 1976.
He made 10 straight All-Star games and earned All-Star Game MVP honors in 1968. He earned a spot on the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team in 1996.
Mitchell uncertain for Game 2
OKLAHOMA CITY – Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell has a left foot bruise and his status is uncertain for Game 2 of the Western Conference playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Mitchell left Oklahoma City’s 116-108 win Game 1 on Sunday after stubbing his toe in the third quarter, and he played sporadically the rest of the way. A team spokesman said Mitchell had an MRI on Monday, and the team will provide a status update on Tuesday.