Knights Go For Series Win on Thursday…
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. Charlotte leads the 2012 season series 3-2 with last night’s 8-2 victory.
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 Wednesday’s win, the Knights are 1-1 at Coolray Field this season.
TODAY’S GAME: The Knights face the Braves tonight with a chance to win their third-straight series. The Knights are coming off back-to-back series wins at home and will look to take two of three games from Gwinnett.
WEDNESDAY’S GAME: Terry Doyle was sharp over six shutout innings and the Knights belted out a season-high 17 hits to beat the G-Braves 8-2. Every Knights batter had at least one hit and Jim Gallagher had four.
Jim Dandy: Jim Gallagher had a season-high four hits in Wednesday’s win. Gallagher, 26, now has six hits over his last three games. It was his first four-hit game since 4/11/11 when he had four hits against Durham at Knights Stadium. Two of Gallagher’s four hits were doubles. He had a team-high 39 doubles last season and finished second in the IL behind Russ Canzler (40) in that category.
Phenomenal Phegley: Josh Phegley extended his hit-streak to nine games on Wednesday by adding two hits in the Knights 8-2 win. Phegley is currently hitting .361 on the season and is ranked ninth in the IL in that category. He has 15 hits over that nine-game span. He has a hit in 13 of his 15 games this season.
Oh, Doyle RULES: Terry Doyle (1-1, 3.63) was sharp on the hill on Wednesday – tossing six scorless innings en-route to his first career Triple-A win. He fanned seven batters. Over his last three games, Doyle has allowed just two earned runs (18.2 IP) and has struck-out 21.
Top Pitching: The Charlotte Knights boast two of the top five ERA leaders in the International League. RHP Dylan Axelrod is now second in the league with a 1.08 ERA, while LHP Eric Stults – tonight’s starter, is third in the league with a 1.13 ERA. As a team, the Knights rank second in the IL in ERA with a 3.01 mark. They trail Gwinnett (2.56).
Two Timing: Two was the number for the Knights on Wednesday. Five Knights batters (Greg Golson, Tyler Kuhn, Dan Johnson, Josh Phegley, and Jordan Danks) each had two hits. The Knights had two home runs in the game (Golson and Conor Jackson), two stolen bases in the game (Gallagher and Phegley), Gallagher had two doubles, and Golson had two runs scored and two RBIs.
Look Ahead: The Knights will play the Syracuse Chiefs on Friday – the first team they will face this season that is not in the South Division. So far this year, Charlotte has only faced Norfolk, Durham and Gwinnett. Charlotte will then face Lehigh Valley before returning to Gwinnett on May 5 for a two-game series.