Pena's 3 HR Give Aces a DH Sweep
Wily Mo Pena

Posted May 8, 2011


Wily Mo Pena continued his assault on Pacific Coast League pitching Saturday, as his three home runs helped the Reno Aces sweep a doubleheader from the Salt Lake Bees. Reno is now five games ahead of Salt Lake for the Pacific North division.

Wily Mo Pena homered once in the opener, then twice more in the nightcap Saturday, lifting the Reno Aces to a doubleheader sweep of the Salt Lake Bees at Spring Mobile Ballpark.

In the opener, Reno trailed 4-0 after the first two innings, and still were short by a run entering the seventh and final frame. With two on and the Aces down to their final out, pinch-hitter Sean Burroughs hit a two-run single that gave Reno its first lead of the game and a 5-4 victory.

Jason Urquidez (2-0) dealt 1.2 scoreless frames to earn the win in game one. Starter Zach Kroenke allowed four runs on six hits over 5.1 innings of work.  Tony Abreu's two hits in game one gave him three multi-hit games in four days

In the nightcap, Pena went 3-for-3, homered twice, and scored thrice.  Reno's only other hit was a Brandon Allen triple that plated Pena.

Tom Layne (3-1) was excellent in a spot start, earning the victory after holding Salt Lake to just one run over six innings. Former Bees reliever Rafael Rodriguez picked up his third save of the season by tossing a perfect frame in a 4-1 Aces win.

Pena’s three homers give him a Pacific Coast League leading 12 on the season. He recorded four hits on the day, and now leads the Aces with a .374 batting average.  His 32 RBI and 80 total bases rank second in the PCL while his .808 slugging is first.


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