The Garden City Wind (3-12) defeated the Santa Fe Fuego (8-3) Thursday night for a much-needed win, notching just its third victory of the season, 7-3.
The victory came despite the Wind being outhit by the Fuego, 12-4.
Craig Jaquez (2-1) had a strong performance on the mound as he held the red-hot Fuego to just two runs and eight hits in 6.1 innings pitched. He recorded eight strikeouts, a new season high.
Despite two strikeouts, a Fuego run was able to score after a walk, a passed ball and a double down the left field line by shortstop Eddie Newton in the first.
Brandon Cooksey touched home for Garden City’s first run, coming home on a bases-loaded walk to Jacob Gonzalez.
The bases remained loaded for Polonia, who tripled down the right field line, scoring all three runs.
Garden City scored three more runs in the fifth to extend the lead to 7-1. The Wind’s speed paid off, as they were both able to score off of Cody Ellis’ line drive to right center.
Santa Fe loaded the bases in the seventh with a pair of singles and a walk. Ryan Blinderman came in to relieve Jaquez in the seventh. He gave up just one single from Chevas Numata, tacking on another run for the Fuego. But Blinderman got the Wind out of the inning with a double play.
Matthew McCormick stepped in to pitch in the eighth, allowing one more run to cross for the Fuego on three base hits.
Gonzalez moved from centerfield to the mound to close out the game in the ninth, striking out the side to preserve the victory.
The Wind utilized its speed with five stolen bases against Santa Fe.
Fuego’s starter Rodriguez (1-2) suffered the loss despite giving up just two hits.
Santa Fe 100 000 110 — 3 12 2
Garden City 040 030 00x — 7 4 1
Rodriguez, Dowrick (5), Harmyk (6), Hollier (7) and Hollier, Clifford (7); Jaquez, Blinderman (7), McCormick (8), Gonzalez (9) and Lundgren. WP—Jaquez, LP—Rodriguez. 2B—SF (Newton 2). 3B—GC (Polonia). LOB—Santa Fe 8, Garden City 4.