Knights to Face the Bats Tonight:
Danks… Again!: After the game on Sunday, the White Sox optioned Jordan Danks to Charlotte. His last at-bat with the White Sox was a walk-off home run on 8/10. Danks joined Dave Gallagher (May 15, 1988 vs. Toronto) as the only players in White Sox franchise history whose first major-league homer was a walk-off shot. His last at-bat with the Knights was on 6/6 at Toledo and that too was a home run.
More Roster Moves: After the game on Monday, infielder Brent Morel was placed on the DL. The Knights played Monday’s game with no players on the bench and still won 6-0.
Turning the Tides: After winning the last three games of the series with Norfolk, the Knights have taken the edge in the season series with the second-place Tides 10-9. Charlotte took three of four in the pivotal series and the two teams only play two more games against each other Saturday and Sunday in Norfolk, VA. The Knights are now nine games up on Norfolk.
Dirty South: A big reason that the Knights are leading the International League South Division is their record in inner-division games. Taking three out of four from the Norfolk Tides pushed Charlotte’s record to 32-24 against fellow South Division foes. They are 20-10 at home against the South.
A Knight’s Home is His Castle: With Monday’s win, the Knights are now 35-23 in the friendly confines of Knights Castle this season. They are 36-30 on the road.
A Dozen (goose)Eggs: By defeating the Tides 6-0 Monday night, Charlotte earned their 12th shutout win of 2012.
Monday Knights Baseball: Charlotte doesn’t hate Mondays anymore. The Knights have now won four Monday games in a row to bring their record over .500 at 9-8 on the first day of the business week. Sunday remains as the only day they are under .500 at 9-10.
From A to Z(aleski): Matt Zaleski made a strong appearance out of the bullpen on Monday night. He pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief of Hector Santiago who threw 6 2/3 shutout innings. Zaleski did not allow a run and struck out five while only surrendering two hits to finish out the Tides.
Terror on the Basepaths: For the third straight game, Hector Gimenez stole a base Monday night. Not expected for a catcher who is used to throwing out runners, maybe Hector is on to a new specialty.
Topping the Charts: Dan Johnson smacked his IL-leading 27th home run Monday night and is second with 78 RBI. He is also second in runs scored with 79 as he scored a run per game in the series. It was his second homer of the series and he drove in five runs against the Tides.
High on the Tides: Josh Phegley likes Norfolk pitching. Monday night, he drilled his second homer of the year and it came almost three months to the day as his first one, which also came against the Tides on April 15th at Norfolk, VA. Phegley also walked twice Monday night.