After the visiting Trinidad, Colo., Triggers and the Garden City Wind exchanged single tallies in the opening frame on Thursday night, the Triggersí Eric Williams blew the game open with a three-run blast in the third inning.
It was one of the few blemishes for Wind starter Matthew McCormick, as the left-hander took the 9-2 loss at Clint Lightner Stadium, dropping the Wind further into last place in the Pecos League North Division at 13-39.
McCormick tossed seven innings, allowing just six hits and striking out six on Thursday, but five came around to score to charge McCormick with five earned runs. And the Triggers ó who are first place in the North at 38-16 ó put the game away with a four-run eighth inning, culminating with another three-run blast, this time by pinch-hitter Caleb Bryson.
Meanwhile, Triggers starter Chris Cummins was solid for seven innings, striking out nine and allowing just one earned run in the win.
The Windís two runs came on a Chris Cruz single to score Edgar Munoz in the first, and Munoz scored again in the eighth on Albert Gonzalezís double.
Garden City could manage just four hits for the game, with one each from Munoz, Gonzalez, Cruz and McCormick. Gonzalezís double was the only extra-base knock.
The Wind and Triggers continue the five-game series on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.