Wind Surge claims first win at home

Mark Schnabel
The Kansan
Wichita Wind Surge starting pitcher Austin Schulfer threw five scoreless innings Wednesday in a 1-0 win over Amarillo. It was the first home win for the team at Riverfront Stadium and the second shutout win of the year.
Wichita Wind Surge second baseman Peter Mooney makes a throw to first during play Wednesday. The Wind Surge are home through Sunday.
Wichita Wind Surge outfielder Gilberto Celestino catches a fly ball during play Wednesday against Amarillo.
Amarillo Sod Poodle Jake McCarthy snags a fly ball during play Wednesday at Riverfront Stadium.
Wichita Wind Surge catcher Ray Morales takes ball four during play Wednesday at Riverfront Stadium in Wichita. The game was just the second home game for the Wind Surge.

WICHITA — The Wichita Wind Surge got their first win at Riverfront Stadium Wednesday when Jose Miranda hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth to stop the Amarillo Sod Poodles 1-0 in Double-A Central play.

The two teams combined for just five hits.

Andrew Bechtold opened the bottom of the ninth with a single. Ernie DeLaTrinidad hit into a two-base error. After a three-pitch strikeout to Aaron Whitfield, Miranda hit a shallow fly ball to right-center, but the throw to the plate was off-line.

Wichita got two singles in the bottom of the eighth. The first baserunner was erased on a double play. The second was caught stealing.

Wichita starter Austin Schulfer pitched 5.1 innings, giving up a hit with two walks and two strikeouts. Ryan Mason struck out one in 1.2 innings. Tom Hackimer (2-0) finished the game, allowing a hit, a walk and two strikeouts.

Amarillo starter Ryan Weiss threw six innings, allowing a walk with seven strikeouts. Matt Gage went two innings, allowing two hits and a strikeout. Luis Castillo (1-2) took the loss, allowing a run, a hit and a strikeout.

Per MLB COVID-19 guidelines, players, coaches and managers were not made available to the media before or after the game.

THURSDAY’S GAME — The Wind Surge scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally for a 9-8 win over the Sod Poodles.

Amarillo led 7-5 after three innings. De La Trinidad hit solo home run in the bottom of the fourth. In the bottom of the eighth, Caleb Hamilton and Jose Miranda each drew a bases-loaded walk. Bechtold drove in a run with a single.

Dominic Fletcher drove in a run for Amarillo with a ground out in the top of the ninth. 

Jermaine Palacios finished two for three hitting for Wichita with a home run and three RBIs. Mark Contreras finished three for three with two RBIs.

Jose Herrera led Amarillo at the plate, going two for four with four RBIs. His three-run shot in the top of the first was the first professional home run hit at Riverfront Stadium.

Wichita used four pitchers with Josh Mitchell getting the win. Tyler Holton took the loss for Amarillo.

Wichita is 7-2. Amarillo falls to 5-4. The two teams play through Sunday.

Wednesday's game

Amarillo;000;000;000;—;0;2;1

Wichita;000;000;001;—;1;3;0

Weiss, Gage 7, Castillo (L, 1-1) 9 and Miroglio; Schulfer, Mason 6, Hackimer (W, 2-0) 8 and Morales. Time — 2:20. Attendance — 2,714.

Thursday’s game

Amarillo;304;000;001;—;8;7;0

Wichita;104;100;03x;—;9;11;1

Bain, Sittinger 4, Holton (L, 0-2) 6, Lemieux 8 and Herrera; Chalmers, Faucher 3, Lujan 5, Mitchell (W, 1-0) 8 and Hamilton. HR — A: Herrera (1). W: Palacios (2), De La Trinidad (1). Time — 3:23. Attendance — 3,340.

Mark Schnabel can be reached at mschnabel@thekansan.com