Matinee Baseball…Game 11 Knotes:
SERIES INFO: The Knights and Norfolk Tides conclude their four-game series today at Harbor Park with first pitch of game four set for 1:15 p.m. It is the eighth game these two teams will face each other already this season (4 at Knights Stadium, 4 at Harbor Park).
The Knights and Tides split a four-game series earlier this season at Knights Stadium. The Knights took the first two games from Norfolk, before dropping the last two. The Knights are 152-145 against the Tides all-time. Last season the Knights went 6-5 against the Knights at Harbor Park and went 13-8 for the season against the Tides. All-Time, the Tides are 75-70 against the Knights at Harbor Park. The Knights won on Saturday night snapped a four-game losing streak to the Tides. Even with the four-straight losses to the Tides, the Knights have a chance to split a series with Norfolk for the second time this season.
TODAY’S GAME: LHP Eric Stults will get the nod in Sunday’s finale. Stults was sharp in his 2012 season debut. He did not allow a run in six innings against Durham on April 10 in Durham. Dating back to last season, Stults has not allowed a run in 10-straight innings. Stults and the Knights will face RHP Jason Berken in today’s finale. More on both starters on page two of game notes.
YESTERDAY’S GAME: The Knights improved to 4-3 on the season when scoring first and are now 4-1 when leading after five innings. They won for the third time in seven games against the Tides and will look to put together back-to-back wins for the first time since April 6-7.
DAN-DY: Dan Johnson began the season with a seven-game hit-streak and dating back to last season, had hit safely in his 14-straight Minor League games. After going 0-2 on Thursday, Johnson received a day off on Friday. A day later, Johnson hit what proved to be the game-winner. Johnson’s ninth inning triple gave the Knights a 3-2 lead over the Tides in the ninth inning. It was Johnson’s first triple since May 30, 2007, when he was a member of the Oakland A’s. That triple didn’t win the game though.
Busting Out: Shortstop Ozzie Martinez got off to a rocky start to begin the 2012 season. The Knights shortstop, who is ranked as the tenth best prospect in the White Sox system by Baseball America, started off the 2012 season by going 0-20 with six strikeouts. On Friday, Martinez had his first Triple-A hit since 9/5/11 (was with New Orleans) and finished the 14-inning marathon with a 2-6 game at the plate. On Saturday, Ozzie’s two-run single in the ninth inning provided insurance for the Knights in their 5-2 win. Martinez is now 3-9 with a run and two RBIs over his last two games.
Three Times a Charm: Greg Golson ripped three hits in Saturday’s 5-2 win for the Knights. It was the second-straight game that the Texas native had three hits in a game, and third time this season. Golson’s enjoyed hitting against the Tides. In seven games, he’s hitting .393 (11-28) withthree runs scored, three doubles, an RBi and two stolen bases. Last season, Golson had three hits in a game six times while with Triple-A SWB.
Longest By A Knights Pitcher: RHP Terry Doyle went 6.2 innings on Saturday, the longest by a Knights starter this season. Doyle went at least six innings in 12 of his 15 starts with Double-A Birmingham last season. In fact, Doyle went nine innings twice, and eight innings three times.
Septimo to the Rescue: Leyson Septimo relieved Doyle and did not allow a run over 2.1 innings to earn his first Triple-A victory on Saturday. Septimo’s last win came back on 7/24/11 when he was pitching for Double-A Birmingham. He pitched a scoreless inning in the Barons 2-1 win over Mobile that day – his former team. The last time Septimo had gone more than 2.1 innings was with Mobile on 6/10/11 (3 IP). Septimo began his career as a position player and hit six home runs and drove-in 51 runs in 2006 with the South Bend Silver Hawks.
With a Win on Sunday: The Knights will avoid a second-straight series loss and will split a series with Norfolk for the second-time this season. The Knights are currently 0-2 in series finales.
A Look Ahead: RHP Charlie Shirek will toe the rubber for the Knights in the opener of the club’s seven-game homestand on Monday, April 16. Shirek won his season debut back on April 6 against the Tides at Knights Stadium.