RENO, Nev.— Wily Mo Peña continued his torrid offensive pace, torching Tucson for four hits—including a home run and two doubles—and five RBIs Wednesday night, to lift the Reno Aces to a 9-2 victory over the Padres at Aces Ballpark.
The Aces scored six times over the first four innings, staking Gaby Hernandez to an early 6-2 lead in his Aces debut. The game stayed that way until Peña's three-run blast in the sixth—his league-leading 21st home run of the season—that landed in the train trench over the 410-foot sign in left center field. Four Aces relievers tossed scoreless innings to preserve the victory and guarantee at least a series split with Tucson.
Hernandez (1-0) earned the win, scattering eight hits and striking out four in five innings of work. He surrendered just two earned runs before handing the ball to Randy Hamrick, who escaped a bases-loaded jam unscathed in the sixth inning in his first-career Triple-A outing.
Will Inman (1-7) suffered the loss for Tucson after the Aces tagged him for six runs—all earned—in five innings. Inman struck out three but walked six while giving up seven hits.
Cole Gillespie was the only other Aces hitter with a multi-hit effort Wednesday, finishing 2-for-4. Peña had all three of Reno's extra-base hits, leading the Aces to the win despite being outhit 12-10.
Tucson and first-place Reno close out the series on Thursday night at Aces Ballpark. RHP Barry Enright (4-2, 3.29 ERA) gets the nod for the Aces, and the Padres will counter with RHP Jon Leicester (3-2, 5.95 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT.