RENO, Nev.— Wily Mo Peña belted his league-leading 19th and 20th home runs of the season Monday night, propelling the Reno Aces to a 15-9 victory over the Tucson Padres at Aces Ballpark.
Peña used the whole field—hitting a second-inning blast to left and adding an opposite-field shot in the third—on his way to becoming the first Pacific Coast League hitter to reach the 20-homer mark. It was Peña's third multi-homer game this season, and the Aces' fifth as a team.
Collin Cowgill belted his 12th home run and added a pair of singles, while Cody Ransom chipped in with three doubles for the Aces, who equaled their season high with 15 runs.
Jordan Norberto (4-1) earned the win in relief, throwing two scoreless frames and striking out a pair of batters. Zach Kroenke started and took a no decision, surrendering four runs—three earned—in three innings of work.
T-Pads starter Juan Oramas (0-1) was tagged with the loss in his Triple-A debut after allowing seven runs—six earned—in 3.1 innings.
Tony Abreu added a pair of hits for Reno, and Konrad Schmidt became the 13th Aces hitter to record a triple this season after hitting his first three-bagger of the 2011 slate.
First-place Reno and Tucson square off again Tuesday evening at Aces Ballpark, with the Aces sending RHP Matt Torra (4-1, 4.94 ERA) to the hill against Padres RHP Jeremy Hefner (3-4, 4.66 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT, and is 50-Cent Hot Dog Night .