The Commercial Appeal - - Sports -

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.

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