Heading into the final two weeks of the regular season and then the probable playoffs, it looks like the Salt Lake Bees have found themselves a new power hitter — at least judging by Wednesday night's results.

Either that or center fielder Brad Coon just had one shockingly impressive night for a player not known for his power.

Coon, the Bees' speedy lead-off hitter, pounded two home runs along with a double to lead the Bees to a 8-2 win over the Tucson Sidewinders at Franklin Covey Field.

"That's the first time I've had two homers in a game in my life, I think. Over the fence, anyway. I've hit the ball over guys' heads and run around the bases really fast, but that don't count," said Coon, who doubled his season total and now has four homers.

Coon wasn't the only Bee to go deep on Wednesday. Dee Brown and Brandon Wood hit back-to-back solo blasts in the seventh inning. Wood now has 29 homers on the year, which is three short of the franchise record set by Chad Rupp in 1997.

Bees starter Anthony Ortega improved to 3-0 with the victory. He scattered nine hits, giving up only two runs in six innings. Henry Bonilla and Matt Wilhite finished the game with three scoreless innings of relief.

For his part, Coon, who entered Wednesday night's game with a grand total of six home runs in four seasons of pro baseball, doesn't expect another two-homer game again anytime in the near future.

"You will not see that the rest of the year, I guarantee that," said Coon.

With 14 games remaining in the regular season, the Bees, now 75-56, still leads Tacoma by five games in the PCL Pacific North Division standings.

The second game of Salt Lake's final home series of the regular season will be tonight at 7. The Bees will start Giancarlo Alvarado (7-4, 4.19 ERA) against Tucson's Max Scherzer (1-0, 2.45 ERA).

BEELINES: If the Bees tie with Tacoma, Salt Lake will win the tie-breaker and go to the playoffs by virtue of its 11-5 season series victory over the Rainiers. ... Wednesday night's win over Tucson was Salt Lake's first this season against the Sidewinders at Franklin Covey Field. Tucson swept a three-game series earlier in the year. But the Bees are unbeaten, at 4-0, in Tucson. ... Attendance on Wednesday night was 6,558.


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