The Redbirds (27-27) got a stellar performance from Cooney (5-4, 3.82), as he struck out seven and walked only two as well as allowing the two out single to Alcantara. The I-Cubs (27-24) had no answers all night at the plate, and were unable to provide any support for Tsuyoshi Wada (4-3, 2.70).
The Redbirds got off to a quick start as Randal Grichuk launched a solo home run to left to put them up 1-0.
In the sixth, they closed out the scoring as Pham doubled again, scoring two to put the Redbirds up by the eventual final score of 4-0.
Alcantara’s single followed a Matt Szczur walk, which by all means was the biggest threat the I-Cubs had all night. The evening was especially difficult for Casper Wells, as he struck out in all three of his at-bats.
The I-Cubs and Redbirds will play a nighttime doubleheader on Friday. In Game one,Kyle Hendricks will go for the Cubs (5-3,3.21), taking on Scott McGregor (1-5, 5.98). Game 2 will have Zach Petrick (2-2, 4.17) for the Redbirds, and the Cubs starter is TBD.