Knights Go For Third Win Against Braves…
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 and Braves series is now tied 2-2 after Tuesday’s 5-4 Braves win.
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. After Tuesday’s loss, the Knights are 0-1 at Coolray Field this season.
TODAY’S GAME: Charlotte will look to get back in the win column tonight as they face the Braves in game two of their three-game series. The Knights are 2-2 against Gwinnet this season. The Knights are now just 2-6 on the road this season.
TUESDAY’S GAME: Tim Hudson allowed just one run over 5.2 innings en-route to his second win with the Braves in the 5-4 victory on Tuesday. It was expected to be Hudson’s final rehab stint with Gwinnett. Knights LHP Charlie Leesman was the hard-luck loser – allowing just one earned run over six innings of work.
Going Streaking: Josh Phegley continued his torrid pace on Tuesday, going 1-5 with a triple and extended his hit-streak to 8 games. Phegley is currently hitting .357 on the season and is ranked ninth in the IL in that category. He has 13 hits over that eight-game span.
Infante is In:Gregory Infante was activated off the DL on Tuesday and made his season debut in the game that night. The Venezuelan tossed a scoreless inning – his first appearance with the Knights since 9/2/11 vs. Gwinnett. 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.
Top Pitching: The Charlotte Knights boast two of the top five ERA leaders in the International League. RHP Dylan Axelrod is fourth in the league with a 1.08 ERA, while LHP Eric Stults is fifth in the league with a 1.13 ERA. Axlerod (25 innings pitched) and Charlie Shirek (24 innings pitched) are ranked fourth and fifth, respectively in innings pitched in the IL. As a team, the Knights rank fourth in the IL in ERA with a 3.07 mark.
Mr. On-Base: Dan Johnson has done a good job at getting on-base this season. Johnson leads the IL in walks with 18 – three more than teammate Jordan Danks (15). As for on-base percentage, Johnson has an impressive .458 mark, which is good for third best in the IL.