Mac Williamson hit a mile-high home run Monday night, and it helped put him on a plane to the Mile High City the next day.
Williamson hit three of the Sacramento River Cats’ seven home runs in a 12-6 Pacific Coast League victory over the Reno Aces. That included a blast estimated at 511 feet that went over the Ace Hardware home run terrace down the left-field line at Raley Field.
“We’re pretty sure it left the stadium,” said Daniel Emmons, the River Cats’ manager of communications and baseball operations.
Williamson wasn’t around to talk about the moon shot while the River Cats took batting practice under a sunny sky Tuesday afternoon in preparation for its first of four games against the Fresno Grizzlies. The Giants purchased his contract and he caught the next plane to Denver to join San Francisco for its series opener against the Rockies.
Austin Slater, who has played five positions for the River Cats this season, was around Tuesday, and Monday night, too.
“It was loud. It’s always loud off Mac’s bat,” said Slater, who sandwiched the second of three consecutive homers between Mike Yastrzemski’s and Williamson’s. “It was straight down the line, and it went a mile.”
The distance was recorded by TrackMan Baseball, a system put in by the Giants that measures rotation, exit speed, launch angle and more.
Slater, who homered twice Monday night and has five this season, wouldn’t say Williamson’s shot was the longest he’s seen. He’s seen his share of bombs, including two by Williamson in Tacoma “that cleared everything.”
Slater recalled a homer by Chris Shaw last year that traveled 460-plus feet and a couple that New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton “tattooed.”
Williamson left Sacramento with a .378 batting average, nine homers and 22 RBIs in 23 games. He has 97 homers and a .282 average in 540 minor-league games.
Williamson began the 2018 season even hotter, hitting .487 with six homers and at least one hit in each of his first 11 games before he was recalled by the Giants. A concussion landed him on the disabled list, and he was limited to 80 games between Triple A and the bigs.
“He torched this league last year in the first month,” Slater said. “Hopefully, he can do it again and keep it rolling.”
Williamson immediately got an opportunity from Giants manager Bruce Bochy on Tuesday night. He started in left field and hit a three-run homer in his second at-bat.