Redbirds Falter Late in 9-4 Loss to Iowa

Wisdom, Mercado Homer

(Roger Cotton/Memphis Redbirds)

By Memphis Redbirds | April 15, 2018 6:33 PM

MEMPHIS, Tennessee - The Iowa Cubs (Cubs) scored seven times in their final two at-bats and took game three of a four-game series with the Memphis Redbirds 9-4 Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park.

The loss snapped Memphis' (9-2) five-game winning streak.

Patrick Wisdom and Oscar Mercado homered for the Redbirds, and Iowa (3-6) clubbed three of its own. Wisdom's was a three-run shot just inside the left-field foul pole and put the Redbirds on top 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth, after they trailed for the first three-and-a-half innings. It was his second of the season. Mercado added his first Triple-A homer in the ninth.

Max Schrock finished 3-for-5 for Memphis, and Rangel Ravelo entered as a defensive replacement and went 2-for-2 with a double.

The Redbirds' 3-2 lead held until the eighth inning, when Iowa plated four runs on five hits off Arturo Reyes . The Cubs added three more on three hits in the ninth facing Sean Gilmartin .

Mercado's home run came leading off the ninth inning.

On a 42-degree day, the two teams combined for 23 hits. Memphis was 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base.

Memphis and Iowa conclude their series, and the Redbirds' seven-game homestand, tomorrow morning at 11:05. For more information on single-game tickets and ticket mini-memberships, visit www.memphisredbirds.com/tickets.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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