Finale from Fort Mill — TODAY!
SUN: RHP Matt Zaleski (3-2, 4.16) vs. NOR RHP Steve Johnson (3-5, 2.73)
SERIES INFO: After losing the first two games of this series, the Knights are now 6-8 against the Tides so far this season and only 2-4 at home. Charlotte has lost four straight at Knights Stadium against Norfolk. The two losses to begin this series have brought Norfolk closer to the Knights. Beginning today, Norfolk is just two games back of first place Charlotte.
As the Roster Turns: Earlier today, RHP J.R. Ballinger was returned to Winston-Salem (A). Ballinger made an appearance last night for the Knights and allowed five runs (three earned) on two hits over 3.2 innings pitched. He walked three, allowed one home run, and struck-out one batter. In two games with the Knights, Ballinger posted a 0-0 mark with a 7.71 ERA. In 16 games with the Dash, Ballinger is 0-2 with a 4.70 ERA.
The Z-Man: Matt Zaleski (3-2, 4.16) will take the hill and try to help stop the losing skid Sunday and send the team into the All-Star break on a winning note with a three-game lead. Zaleski has been one of Charlotte’s hottest pitchers over the past month and a half. June was a great month for Zaleski, who went 1-0 with a 2.73 ERA in five starts. He’s tossed back-to-back seven inning games and has allowed just one run over that two-game span
Newly Knighted: Former Clemson Tiger and Pittsburgh Pirate Daniel Moskos was claimed off waivers from Pittsburgh on Saturday by the Chicago White Sox and assigned to the Knights. He made his debut Saturday night and performed well in his one inning (5th) by striking out two and allowing one hit.
That’s Jhan (K)arlos with a K: Jhan Carlos Marinez struck out a season-high six Norfolk batters in a season-high three innings of work Saturday night. He did not allow a run or walk a batter and only gave up two hits. Marinez has eight K’s in five innings on the current homestand. 30 of his 42 pitches thrown were strikes.
Alive After Five? With Saturday night’s loss, Charlotte is now 5-31 when trailing after the fifth inning of a ballgame. The stat is almost the exact opposite when leading after five innings, where the Knights are 39-4.
Who’s Hot: Drew Garcia was 2-5 with three more RBI Saturday night to give him five straight multi-hit games and 11 for the season. He is now 9-16 with a homer and six RBI on the homestand. Garcia currently has a five-game hitting streak. He is hitting .286 in five games against the Tides this season.
Ray of Light: Ray Olmedo was 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored Saturday night. Olmedo has three multi-hit games over his last five games and has seven hits over that span. So far in the month of July (six games), Olmedo is hitting .304 (7-23) with three runs scored, two doubles, and one walk.
On Tap: Knights slugger Dan Johnson will participate in the Home Run Derby on Monday in Buffalo. Johnson currently has 21 home runs on the season and is a former winner of the derby. Johnson, while with Durham, won the contest in 2010 in Lehigh Valley.