Tom Smart, Deseret News
Bee's pitcher Barry Enright as the Salt Lake Bees play the Tucson Padres in the season opener Thursday, April 4, 2013, in Salt Lake City.

SALT LAKE CITY— For the first time since May 2010, the Bees were able to sweep a doubleheader at home. The Bees took two games from Reno on Wednesday night, taking a 2-1 series lead in the process.

Salt Lake started its night with a 9-4 victory behind a six-run second inning that gave the home team a comfortable lead it would never relinquish. The Bees held Reno scoreless after the Aces opened the top of the first inning with three runs.

Luis Rodriguez was the integral playmaker in the second inning, slugging a grand slam off Reno pitcher Randall Delgado (0-1, 15.63 ERA). Rodriguez finished the first game 1-for-3 with four RBIs and the grand slam.

"That's one of the things when you have a veteran lineup. You never know who is going to step up," said Bees manager Keith Johnson.

The second game saw the Bees overcome an early 2-0 deficit to grind out a 5-3 victory.

In a wild fourth inning that saw both Trent Oeltjen and Scott Cousins hit by pitches, the Bees were able to take a 3-2 lead after Rodriguez popped up a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Roberto Lopez.

Reno would level things in the top of the sixth inning, when Ed Easley smacked an RBI double to score Taylor Harbin.

Rodriguez would be the Bees' savior in the bottom of the inning, when the Venezuelan smacked a two-RBI double to give the home team the advantage.

"Our team picked me up pretty good," said Enright. "With our guys kind of lighting the scoreboard up it was easier to relax and grind through it. I didn't have much today, but I was able to compete and make the pitches when I needed too."

FIRST WIN ON THE MOUND: Enright (1-0, 3.97 ERA) picked up his first win on the mound for the Bees this season, giving up just the four runs in the first inning with two strikeouts. Enright tossed 99 pitches in the first game Wednesday night— 62 strikes and 37 balls.

RODRIGUEZ GRAND SLAM: It eluded Salt Lake for the entire 2012 season, but Rodriguez' grand slam was the team's first since July 24, 2011, when Jeremy Moore smacked an inside-the-park grand slam.

LETS GET WEIRD: In partnership with The Road Home, the Salt Lake Bees will be hosting the hipster-friendly "Ugly Sweater Night" at Spring Mobile Ballpark on Thursday night. An ugly sweater contest will be held, with the grand-prize winner leaving the ballpark with $500. Contestants must register at The Road Home table located on the main concourse across from the Fanzz store prior to the end of the third inning.

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ATTENDANCE: A paid attendance of 3,918 baseball fans came out to Spring Mobile Ballpark to cheer on the home team— and were treated to a pair of victories in the doubleheader.



Bees 9, Aces 4


Bees 5, Aces 3

Bees manager Keith Johnson's take: "Our bullpen and everyone on the mound tonight did a phenomenal job for us."

Record: 5-2

Up next: vs. Reno, today, 6:35 p.m. Aces RHP Charles Brewer (0-0, 1.50 ERA) vs. Bees RHP Billy Buckner (0-0, 1.80 ERA)

Next homestand: April 20-23 vs. Tacoma (Mariners)

Conner has been working for the Deseret News Sports Desk for 5 years, covering local sports including HS Sports, Salt Lake Bees and Real Salt Lake.