On the Road Again…
2011 & 2012 Series Info: Last season, the Knights led the series against the Braves 6-5 at
Knights Stadium. In all, however, the Braves won the 2011 overall series against the Knights 13-8.
The Braves took the first game of the 2012 series on Friday – shutting out the Knights by a score of
3-0. The Knights battled back to win game two 3-1 on Saturday, and went on for their second-straight
series win at Knights Stadium – beating the Braves 2-0 on Sunday. The Knights lead the season series
2-1, as they begin a three-game series tonight.
Coolray Field: Charlotte went 6-5 at Coolray Field in 2009 – the first season for Gwinnett. The
Knights matched that total a year later and went 6-5 again at Coolray. Last season, however, the
Knights went just 2-8 in Lawrenceville.
TODAY’S GAME: Charlotte will go for their third-straight win tonight when they face the Braves in the opening game of the three-game series. Charlotte enters the series hot – having won six of their last seven games. The Knights have gone 2-0 on Tuesdays this season and will look to improve upon their 2-5 road record tonight.
SUNDAY’S GAME: Dylan Axelrod went 7.2 scoreless innings, Jim Gallagher, Tyler Kuhn, and Jordan Danks each had two hits, and the Knights shut out the Braves 2-0 on Sunday in the finale.
Oh Charlie: Charlie Shirek earned the International League Pitcher of the Week for the period ending April 16-22, as announced by the International League on Monday. Shirek went 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA at Knights Stadium during that span. The 26-year-old began the week by throwing six scoreless innings on Monday, April 16 against the Durham Bulls at Knights Stadium. The North Dakota native allowed six hits with no walks and five strikeouts to beat the Bulls 14-2. Five days later (Saturday, April 21), Shirek tossed seven solid innings to beat the Gwinnett Braves 3-1. He allowed just one run on three hits and improved to 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA in four starts this season. All three of Shirek’s wins have come at home and he is 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA at Knights Stadium this year.
Roster Moves: Earlier today, the White Sox announced they have released Wes Whisler. Whisler was in his fifth season with the Knights. The left-handed pitcher was second on the Knights All-Time innings pitched list (362.2), second in wins (25), second in losses (25), third in walks (141), and fourth in earned runs (170).
Infante is In: Gregory Infante was activated off the DL today. The Venezuelan native went 1-4 with a 3.35 ERA in 34 games for the Knights last season. He began 2012 on the DL. Infante entered the 2011 season ranked as the sixth-best prospect in the White Sox organization by Baseball America.
Braves Get Axed: Knights RHP Dylan Axelrod (2-1, 1.08) was sharp on the hill on April 22 against the Braves. Axelrod went 7.2 scoreless innings en-route to his second win of the season. It was his first win since April 7. It was also the longest start of the season by a Knights pitcher. The last time Axelrod pitched at least 7.2 innings was on 8/16/11 when he went eight scoreless innings at Norfolk.
Gone Streaking: Josh Phegley is currently riding a seven-game hit-streak. Phegley enjoyed hitting at home in April as well. In eight games at Knights Stadium so far this season, Phegley is hitting .500 (15-30) with six runs scored, five doubles, and four RBIs.