CINCINNATI (AP) -- Wily Mo Pena isn't satisfied with one
The NL's latest Player of the Week hit his sixth homer in his
last eight games, a two-run shot off the upper deck that sparked
the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on
The 22-year-old outfielder also had a run-scoring single and a
double on his proudest day in the majors, and was honored before
the game for winning the player of the week.
Told by a teammate that he'll get a watch for the honor, Pena
said he'd keep it at home in a place of honor instead of wearing
"It's my first time," Pena said. "I hope there's more
With outfielders Austin Kearns and Ken Griffey Jr. on the
disabled list, Pena is going to get a chance to expand his jewelry
collection and keep his average climbing from its current .299.
"I don't want to jinx him, but he's close to .300 now,"
manager Dave Miley said. "That's great for him. We're excited for
Pena's emergence has been one of their few bright moments during
a 5-7 skid that bumped the Reds out of contention in the NL
Central, dropping them 9½ games behind St. Louis.
Right-hander Aaron Harang (6-2) won his second straight start
against the Brewers, fighting through control lapses while
protecting an early lead.
The Reds batted around in the first inning for four runs off
right-hander Ben Hendrickson (0-2), whose second career start
turned out much like the first.
Hendrickson, a 10th-round pick in 1999, lost his major league
debut 5-2 in Los Angeles on June 2. He was called up from the
minors again to face the Reds, who knocked him out after only three
Cincinnati strung together four singles in the first, and
Hendrickson hit two batters to nudge the rally along. He threw 30
pitches in the inning, which featured Pena's run-scoring single and
prompted Matt Kinney to start loosening in the bullpen.
"Maybe I was a little bit nervous," said Hendrickson, 23, who
was the International League's starter in the Triple-A All-Star
game. "I've just got to relax. It's the same game as in the minor
leagues, just with a little better players."
Hendrickson craned his neck and watched Pena's long drive smack
off the facing of the upper deck in left field in the third inning,
a two-run shot that made it 6-1.
Pena came to the Reds as part of the Drew Henson trade with the
Yankees in 2001. He had only six homers for the Reds in the last
two years, spending most of his time on the bench, but has hit 13
"He's come a long way in a year," Brewers manager Ned Yost
said. "He's gone from being an out to being a guy who's real hard
to get out. He has made adjustments and turned himself into a
And, it might be only the start. Shortstop Barry Larkin thinks
the NL honor might give him a little more self-confidence.
"He actually might start believing," Larkin said. "Then it
might really get interesting."
Harang hadn't pitched since July 9, when he threw a career-high
7 2-3 shutout innings during a 3-0 victory in Milwaukee. He wasn't
as sharp Monday, but repeatedly worked out of threats while hanging
on for 7 1-3 innings.
Milwaukee had seven hits, four walks and at least one baserunner
in each inning against Harang. Gary Bennett had a run-scoring
single in the second, the first of his four hits.
LHP Doug Davis will make his second start of the season
Tuesday against the Reds. ... It was Bennett's second four-hit
game. He also had four on June 22, 2002, against Tampa Bay. ...
Lyle Overbay had a pair of singles, his third straight multihit
game. ... RHP Homer Bailey, one of the nation's top prep pitchers,
got a $2.3 million signing bonus Monday. He was the Reds' top pick
and the seventh overall in the June draft. ... Reds 2B D'Angelo
Jimenez has hit safely in nine consecutive games. ... Reds 1B Sean
Casey is 3-for-21 since returning from a strained calf, dropping
his average to .338.