Thursday night in Memphis, Tim Cooney came within one out of being the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the Iowa Cubs in 12 years. Arismendy Alcantara’s clean single through the left side of the infield with two outs in the ninth kept Cooney from history as the Memphis Redbirds (27-27) shut out the Iowa Cubs 4-0 in a game nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network.
Cooney (5-4) was in complete control all night, facing only three batters over the minimum, giving up the ninth inning single to Alcantara and walks to Matt Szczur and Ryan Kalish. Cooney struck out seven Iowa (27-24) batters and threw 101 pitches, 63 for strikes. The last pitcher to throw a no-hitter against Iowa was Jamie Arnold of the Calgary Cannons on May 25, 2002.
Memphis jumped on Iowa starter Tsuyoshi Wada early. Randal Grichuk blasted his tenth home run of the season in the first to give Memphis a 1-0 lead.
Thomas Pham added an RBI double in the fourth and a two-run double in the sixth to give the Redbirds a 4-0 cushion, plenty for Cooney on this night.
Wada (4-3) gave up four runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out eight over six innings pitched.
Iowa has dropped three straight games in Memphis by scores of 1-0, 2-1, and 4-0. The teams play a doubleheader on Friday evening with two seven inning games at AutoZone Park.