Nick Neidert and two relievers combined to shut out the Peoria Chiefs, 4-0, in the first game of a three-game Midwest League playoff series Wednesday night at Ashford University Field.
Neidert held the Chiefs to three hits over seven innings. He fanned nine and walked only one.
The series moves to Peoria for game two Thursday night. If necessary, the deciding third game would be in Peoria on Friday night.