Finale from Allentown, PA Tonight!

The Knights and IronPigs began play in 2008 – Lehigh Valley’s first  season in existence. Since then, the two teams have faced each other 35 times entering play today (Lehigh Valley is 18-17 against the Knights). Entering this season, the two teams had a 16-16 record against each other, with each team having a better record in their home park. The Knights are 9-7 against the ‘Pigs at Knights Stadium, while the ‘Pigs are now
11-8 at Coca-Cola Park after winning two of three in their 2012 series. 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 and game two 5-4 on Wednesday. Charlotte came back to win game three in the ninth inning 6-5 on Thursday.

The Knights and IronPigs will play game four of their four-game series from Coca-Cola Park today at 7:05 PM. The Knights will look to make it two-in-a-row after winning Thursday’s game with a four-run spot in the ninth inning. RHP Matt Zaleski will also look for his second-straight victory.

THURSDAY’S GAME: Charlotte beat Lehigh Valley 6-5 for the first time in 2012 after a four-run come-from-behind win in the ninth inning. With a win today, the Knights will have their second-straight road series split.

Clutch Dan: Dan Johnson, who has been having a huge road trip for the Knights, continued with a clutch hit Thursday night. He had a two-out bases loaded single that brought home Ozzie Martinez and Tyler Kuhn to tie the game in Charlotte’s four-run ninth-inning rally. Johnson has been clutch before. Last year, on the last day of the season, he hit the tying home run for the Tampa Bay Rays against the New York Yankees that sent the game to extra innings. The Rays would eventually win the game and edge out the Boston Red Sox for the final playoff spot. On the current road trip, he has four home runs and 12 RBI.

Hip, Hip Hooray for Hector! Hector Gimenez was two-for-three Thursday night with a run scored and an RBI. He also walked twice to reach base four times on the evening. His biggest hit was his ninth-inning double that scored Greg Golson with the eventual winning run. Gimenez also had a triple in the fourth inning.

Veal Seals the Deal: After the Knights’ ninth-inning rally to take the lead, Donnie Veal came on to close it out in the bottom half. He pitched a perfect 1-2-3 inning to pick up his first save of the year. Veal has thrown 4 1/3 scoreless innings on the current road trip.

“Homer” Jordan: Jordan Danks started the ninth-inning rally with a leadoff home run. It was his second home run of the road trip (third of season) and extended his hitting streak to four games.

Oz-fest: Ozzie Martinez doubled with one out in the ninth and eventually scored with Tyler Kuhn on Dan Johnson’s base hit to tie the game. It was his second hit of the game and extended his hitting streak to four games.

Phegley Still Key: For only the fourth time in 22 games, Josh Phegley did not have a hit in the game Thursday night. He did still have a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning that brought home Hector Gimenez after he tripled. It would prove to be important in the one-run victory.

Breaking Even: Thursday night’s win moved the Knights back to .500 with a 14-14 record. It is the seventh time this year their record has been at .500. They are also 5-5 in day games and 9-9 at night.

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