The Garden City Wind (7-15) picked up an exciting 7-4 win against the Trinidad Triggers (15-5) Wednesday night at Clint Lightner Stadium. The victory was the first against the Triggers this season, though Trinidad made a late run at the Wind with three runs in the top of the ninth.
Garden City took a 7-1 lead with a four-run outburst in the fourth. Cody Ellis blasted a three-run home run after Rodney Polonia and Tyler Lundgren reached on a bunt single and a double down the left field line, respectively.
The inning continued as Brandon Cooksey drew a walk and stole second, his 13th this season. Cooksey advanced to third on a second bunt single of the inning, this time by Ariel Adut. Pitcher Gabe Cook stepped up to bat and slapped a single to right, scoring both Cooksey and Adut.
Cook is now on a six-game hitting streak. He managed to score on a single by Polonia, his second hit of the inning. Lundgren reached for a second time in the fourth on an error by right fielder Caleb Johnson. Dylin Brooks scored, though the run was unearned, for the Wind’s seventh run in the inning.
Cook (2-0) had a great performance on the mound against the Triggers. He threw 8.1 innings, allowing three runs and four hits. He struck out five, three of those coming from striking out the side in the third.
Ryan Blinderman came in for Cook in the ninth with one out. After having held Trinidad scoreless in his previous two appearances, Blinderman walked two, allowing one run to score for the Triggers.
In a save situation, Brandon Hudson took over with the bases loaded in the ninth, but gave up a two-run single to right, slicing the deficit to 7-4.
The Triggers threatened to sweep Garden City, but Jacob Gonzalez picked up the save for the Wind as he came in and struck out the final two batters.
Polonia finished the night with three singles.
Christian Schneider (1-1) took the loss for Trinidad, giving up seven runs, one unearned, and 10 hits.
The teams head west Thursday to meet again in a two-game series. The Wind then takes off for a four-game series against the Fuego in Santa Fe, N.M. The Wind will return to Garden City Wednesday to face the Alpine Cowboys for the first time this season.
Trinidad 000 100 003 — 4 5 1
Garden City 000 700 00x — 7 10 0
Schneider, Dragone (4), Neptune (7) and Rich; Cook, Blinderman (9), Hudson (9), Hudson (9) and Ellis. WP—Cook; LP—Schneider. 2B—TRI (Johnson), GC (Brooks, Lundgren). HR—TRI (Casey), GC (Ellis). LOB—TRI 8, GC 5.