Good Moooooorning! Knights Play at 10:35 AM Today:
ALL-TIME SERIES INFO: The IronPigs inaugural season was in 2008 and since then, the Knights and IronPigs have faced each other 33 times entering play today. Entering this season, the two teams had a 16-16 record against each other 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 now 10-7 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). The ‘Pigs took the first game of the 2012 season series 4-1 on Tuesday at Coca-Cola Park.
TODAY’S GAME: The Knights and IronPigs will play game two of their four-game series from Coca-Cola Park today at 10:35 AM. This will be the third morning game for the Knights this season – but the earliest start by 30 minutes. All three of Charlotte’s morning games this season were played against Durham and the Knights won two of three (both at Knights Stadium). They lost the first of their morning games on April 11 in Durham (5-4) and won the next two (4/17-18 at Knights Stadium).
TUESDAY’S LOSS: Charlotte lost for the second-straight game on Tuesday, falling to Lehigh Valley 4-1 in the opener. The Knights and starter Terry Doyle had just one rough inning. In the second, Doyle allowed four runs on two home runs (both two-run shots) and it was all the offense the ‘Pigs needed to take game one.
Unlucky 13: Josh Phegley’s hitting streak came to an end at 13 games. He was 0-for-3 Tuesday night but still leads the team with a .367 batting average.
Knight-Turned-Pig: Former Knight Scott Elarton got the win Tuesday night against his old team. He went six innings giving up three hits and one earned run. He struck out three and walked three. Elarton was 1-2 with a 8.24 ERA in 16 appearances for Charlotte in 2010.
All Good Things… Greg Golson also saw his hitting streak end at nine games with an 0-for-4 performance. He is still second on the team with a .304 average.
Road Warrior: Dan Johnson continues to be the man on the road trip and did his best to contribute to the cause Tuesday night. He hit his third home run of the trip to account for Charlotte’s only run and walked twice. DJ is 11-for-27 on the road trip with eight runs, the three home runs, 10 RBIs and five bases on balls. He has a five-game hitting streak, leads the squad with 20 RBI and is third on the team with a .303 average.
Septim0.00: Leyson Septimo came out of the pen to throw two more scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and struck out four to keep his ERA at 0.00 for the season. Septimo has pitched four scoreless frames on the road trip and has a scoreless inning streak of 12.2 innings currently.
Danks for the Hits: Jordan Danks added two hits in Tuesday’s game and now has five over his last two games. The Knights as a team only had three hits on Tuesday. He’s raised his average to .296 on the season and is hitting .306 (19-62) with two home runs and 10 RBIs against righties. He’ll see a righty today and on Thursday.
Dr. K: Knights starter Terry Doyle went six innings for the third straight game and struck out six more Tuesday night to give him 22 strikeouts in those starts. He allowed two home runs – both two-run shots, and lost to the ‘Pigs 4-1 on Tuesday.
Lucky 13? Charlotte now sits at 13-13 after 26 games as they head down the stretch of their 13-game road trip. They were 13-12 in April and are now 0-1 in May.