Knights Go For Sweep Today Against Braves…
2011 SERIES INFO: Last season, the Knights won the series against the Braves 6-5 at Knights Stadium, but the Braves posted an 8-2 mark against Charlotte at Coolray Field. In all, the Braves won the 2011 overall series against the Knights 13-8.
2012 SERIES INFO: With a win in last night’s opener, the Knights are now 4-3 against Gwinnett this season. Charlotte won two of three against Gwinnett at Knights Stadium, while Gwinnett won two of three from Charlotte at Coolray Field. The Knights have a chance to sweep the series today with a win.
TODAY’S GAME: RHP Terry Doyle gets the nod for the Knights in today’s finale. The Knights are coming off an impressive victory against the top team in the South Division last night. With a win today, the Knights will have won three-straight games. After today’s game, Charlotte returns back to Knights Stadium to open an eight-game homestand. The Knights have spent two-straight weeks away from Fort Mill.
Saturday’s Win: The Knights belted out 11 runs on 10 hits including two triples in a six-run seventh inning and beat the Gwinnett Braves by a score of 11-2 on Saturday night in game one of their two-game series from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA.
O Charlie: LHP Charlie Leesman was sharp for the Knights on Saturday evening. Leesman (2-3, 3.21) allowed just one run on four hits over six innings to halt a personal two-game losing streak. The win was Leesman’s first in four starts on the road this season and it was the second win of his Triple-A career. He walked two and struck-out two. He is 1-2 with a 1.45 ERA in four road starts this season.
Dan Dan the Road Man: Charlotte slugger Dan Johnson continued his impressive road trip. The former 2010 International League MVP hit his fifth home run in seven days. His two-run blast came off of Gwinnett starter Todd Redmond (2-3, 3.69) in the first inning of Saturday’s game and it put the Knights on the scoreboard early. Eventually, Johnson’s home run will go down as his sixth of the road trip. He also homered in Friday’s suspended game, but that one won’t be factored into his statistics until that game is completed at Knights Stadium later this month.
Triple the Fun: The Knights had two triples in the seventh inning of Thursday’s game en-route to a six-run inning. Outfielder Greg Golson hit the first tripe of the inning – his second of the year. Tyler Kuhn later hit a bases-clearing triple – his second of the season as well. The Knights now have nine triples as a team – tied for first in the IL.
Three for Kuhn: Knights infielder Tyler Kuhn added three RBIs in Saturday’s win over Gwinnet. Kuhn went 1-3 and tripled with the bases loaded. It was his first three RBI game since 6/16/11 when he had three RBIs for Double-A Birmingham in Huntsville. He had three games of three RBIs last season with the Barons.
When they Meet Again: The Knights and IronPigs will meet at Knights Stadium from May 24-27 and Friday’s game will be resumed during that series. An official announcement on when the game will be resumed will be announced at a later date. The two teams will then play their regularly scheduled contest after the completion of the suspended game.
Is Eight Enough?: The Knights open an eight-game homestand starting on Monday, May 7. They will host Toledo for four and then Buffalo for four. On their last homestand, the Knights won six of seven games and are 8-3 at home this season