Villar, Proctor and Knapp Homer to propel River Cats to series-opening victory in Las Vegas
August 20, 2022 – Pacific Coast League (PCL) – Sacramento River Cats Press Release
Las Vegas, Nevada – Two homers from third baseman David Villar and solo shots from catcher Andrew Knapp and designated hitter Ford Proctor propelled the Sacramento River Cats (50-65) to a 5-4 win over the Aviators from Las Vegas (57-58) on Friday.
Villar, the Giants’ new No. 27 MLB Pipeline prospect, quickly put Sacramento on the board in the first, lining up a 3-2 lead at 406 feet for a 1-0 lead.
After falling 2-1 in the second, Proctor tied the game with a solo home run to lead the third, his second since joining Sacramento from Tampa Bay on August 2.
Three batters later, Villar regained the lead with a towering two-run homer for his 26th team-leading big steal and his fourth multi-homer game of the season.
Knapp went 5-2 in the sixth when he threw his fifth homer in 19 games since signing a MiLB deal with San Francisco.
A two-out pop-up foul by first baseman Yermín Mercedes led to two unearned runs against right-hander Tristan Beck (5-7), who got off to an impressive start in the batter-friendly Las Vegas Ballpark. The 26-year-old struck out seven on strike while allowing two unearned runs on four hits and two walks in 5.0 innings.
Leading 5-4 with the tying run in the first and one out in the ninth, right-hander Shelby Miller struck out the game’s final two batters to earn her fifth save for Sacramento.
Southpaw Sammy Long (1-0, 4.61) will look to clinch the three-game series with a win on Saturday. He will face right-hander Collin Wiles (8-9, 5.24) at 7:05 p.m. (PT). Listen to Johnny Doskow call the game online at rivercats.com or on the MiLB First Pitch app.
Right-hander Cody Carroll was a hero out of the bullpen, blocking two legacy runners in the seventh and striking out four of five batters to earn his fourth catch of the year.
Center fielder Luis González went 0 for 3 with a walk and a run scored in his first start since being selected by San Francisco on Aug. 17.
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