River Cats’ late rally stops Aviators

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WEST SACRAMENTO — The Sacramento River Cats took game one in every of the six-game series against the Las Vegas Aviators, which began Monday at Sutter Health Park.

The River Cats pitching staff proved dominant, which allowed just one earned run in a 4-2 win over the Aviators.

River Cats catcher Andrew Knapp credits this success to “the pitchers’ ability to throw strikes and keeping batters on their toes all night.”

River Cats batter Bryce Johnson squares off to bunt in Monday’s game against the Las Vegas Aviators at Sutter Health Park. Mike Bush/Enterprise photo

River Cats third baseman Davis Villar throws the baseball to first base in Monday’s game against the Las Vegas Aviators. Mike Bush/Enterprise photo

River Cats center fielder Jason Vosler waits for the baseball to hit his glove in Monday’s game against the Aviators at Sutter Health Park. Mike Bush/Enterprise photo

Sacramento River Cats pitcher Emmanuel DeJesus throws a pitch in Monday’s game against the Aviators at Sutter Health Park. Mike Bush/Enterprise photo

Knapp had a hot night of his own, leading the River Cats (49-63) offense with two doubles and two RBI’s, bringing in his twenty sixth RBI on the yr.

The Aviators (55-57) scored their first unearned run off of righty Wei-Chieh Huang right off the bat in the primary inning. Jason Vosler and Knapp strung together back-to-back doubles to tie the sport at 1-1.

4 scoreless innings passed before the River Cats got back on the scoreboard. Vosler scored on a double hit by Knapp, bringing the River Cats ahead 2-1 in the underside of the sixth.

Lefty Ben Bowden shut the Aviators down in the highest of the seventh, allowing just one hit.

Jason Krizan began the seventh inning rally with a leadoff triple and later scored off of Bryce Johnson’s shot to right field. Johnson picked up his twenty seventh steal of the season after his blazing speed put pressure on the defense, scoring all the best way from first base. Johnson prolonged the River Cats result in 4-1 in the underside of the seventh frame.

With a three-run cushion, Shelby Miller limited the Aviators to only yet one more run within the ninth, closing the sport with a River Cats’ victory.

Within the post-game interview, Knapp stated, “We still have a variety of games left and a variety of room to do some damage, we just must stay in it.”

The River Cats played the second game of the series Tuesday night, also at Sutter Health Park where righty Sean Hjelle will toe the rubber.

The 2 teams play again Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled at 6:35 p.m.

Thursday is a traveling day for each teams.

Then Sacramento and Las Vegas resume the remaining three games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Each game starts at 7:05 p.m.

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