Tim Cooney was once-again on top of his game on Tuesday night for the Memphis Redbirds, pitching a complete game shutout in a 6-0 Redbirds’ victory against the Las Vegas 51s. Cooney only surrendered four hits along the way as he moved his season record to 5-2.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when Jacob Wilson blasted a two-run home run over the left field fence to make the score 2-0. Later on in the inning Dan Johnson drove in both Cooney and Dean Anna with a run-scoring single, extending the Memphis lead to 4-0.
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Memphis (27-26) capitalized on a fielding error by Las Vegas second baseman Wilfredo Tovar in the eighth inning, adding the final two runs of the night for the Redbirds’ offense.
51s’ starter Matt Bowman fell to 2-7 on the season, allowing four runs (just two earned) on six hits in five innings of work. He struck out just two, walking three on the night. He received little support from the bats or his defense, as Las Vegas (29-24) managed just four hits, while committing three errors.
Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-3 on the night for the St. Louis Cardinals’ Triple-A club, raising his average on the young season to .262 – a promising sign given his early struggles this year. Greg Garcia and Jacob Wilson each recorded a pair of hits as well, while Johnson added a pair of RBI.
First pitch is set for 7:05 CT.