Knights Meet the ‘Pigs Tonight…
ALL-TIME SERIES INFO: The IronPigs inaugural season was in 2008 and since then, the Knights and IronPigs have faced each other 32 times entering play tonight. Each team has won 16 games(16-16) and each team has had a better record in their home park. The Knights are 9-7 against the‘Pigs at Knights Stadium, while the ‘Pigs are 9-7 at Coca-Cola Park. Last season, the Knights went just 3-5 against the ‘Pigs overall and split their season series in East Allentown (2-2).
TODAY’S GAME: The Knights (13-12) and IronPigs (13-11) will meet for the first time this season tonight at 7:05 p.m. from Coca-Cola Park. Charlotte continues their 13-game road trip with a four-game series against the top Minor League affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. RHP Terry Doyle gets the nod for the Knights. Two Knights players have hit-streaks on-the-line: Josh Phegley with a 13-gamer and Greg Golson with a nine-gamer.
MONDAY’S LOSS: The Knights committed a season high 7 errors and lost to the Syracuse Chiefs by a score of 12-4 on Monday. The Knights entered the game with a chance for their first road series win, but ended up with a split of the four-game series. The Knights and Chiefs will not face off again until late August (8/27-30 at Knights Stadium).
Former Knight Takes the Hill: Tonight’s ‘Pigs starter Scott Elarton pitched for the Knights back in 2010. He went 1-2 with an 8.24 ERA in 16 games for the Knights that season (19.2 IP).
The Streak Goes On: Josh Phegley had another base hit Monday night while also scoring a run and driving another home. His double in the second inning extended his hitting streak to 13 games and his team-leading batting average is now .382. He’s third in the IL in that category.
Go Go Golson: Greg Golson continued his hot-hitting on Monday and extended his hit-streak to a season-high nine game. He has 11 hits over the nine-game span. He has also reached base in 17 of his last 18 games.
Double or Nothing: Charlotte tied their season high on Monday night with five doubles in a game. Jordan Danks had two of them. The Knights had previously hit five doubles in two games the first week of the season against Norfolk and Durham.
Mr. 200?: Dan Johnson currently has four home runs on the season and entered 2012 with 172 at the Minor League level. In 2009, however, Johnson hit 24 home runs with Yokohama (Japan). If you include all of those home runs, he has 200 for his non-Major League career. He has 53 Major League home runs in 399 games played.
Nothing Earned: Despite taking the loss and giving up five runs in 1.2 innings Monday, Knights starter Charlie Leesman actually lowered his ERA to 3.68. Leesman allowed no earned runs in the game and the Knights made seven errors. Of the 17 runs scored against him this season, only nine have been earned.
I’ll Have the Veal: Donnie Veal was solid out of the bullpen for the Knights Monday night. He tossed two scoreless innings and has not allowed a run on the road trip (3.1 IP). Veal’s ERA is now 2.45 on the season.
Danks Jordan: Jordan Danks did his part to try and help the Knights’ effort Monday night. He was 3-for-4, scored a run and drove one in. Danks is 12-for-26 (.462) on the road trip with four runs scored and six RBI so far. He is now hitting .286 on the season.