Merrifield Gets Hit In MLB Debut, JBJ Homers

Merrifield smile

Almost six years ago, Whit Merrifield and Jackie Bradley Jr. became Gamecock legends, helping USC win its first national championship.  Wednesday night, the pair shared another special night at the major league stadium closest to Omaha.

Merrifield got his first career hit in his big league debut and Bradley extended his major league best hitting streak to 24 games with his 7th home run in a 5-2 Boston win in game two of a doubleheader in Kansas City.

The 27-year-old Merrifield officially got his first call-up to the majors in between the doubleheader.  Wearing jersey #15 and hitting 9th in the lineup, Merrifield flew out to center field in his first major league at-bat, into the glove of Bradley.  Merrifield’s first career hit came in his second at-bat, a single to left field.  He struck out in his third and final at-bat of the game.

Merrifield cemented his legacy as a Gamecock great with a walk-off hit to win the 2010 College World Series.

Bradley, the Most Outstanding Player in Omaha that year, hit a solo home run in his first at-bat against the Royals Wednesday night.  It was his 7th of the season and extended his hitting streak to 24 games in a row.  That’s the longest streak in the big leagues this season.

Bradley didn’t get a hit in the first game of the doubleheader until a 9th-inning single.  Kansas City beat Boston 3-2 in game one.

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