Knights Go For Series Win Tonight vs. ‘Hens…
2011 SERIES INFO: Last season, the Knights won the season series against the Mud Hens – taking five of eight games from Toledo. While the two teams each won two games at Knights Stadium last season, the Knights won the series in Toledo three games to one.
2012 SERIES INFO: Toledo and Charlotte meet for the one and only time during the regular season in Fort Mill during this four-game series. The Mud Hens took game one of the series on
Monday by a score of 6-1. The two teams then played on Tuesday, but due to inclement weather, the game was suspended and completed on Wednesday. The Knights won that game
in 14 innings 5-4. The Knights also took game three by a score of 6-5.
Roster Moves: Two of the hottest hitters in both the White Sox organization and Southern League are now Knights. Earlier today, the Sox promoted Drew Garcia and Justin Greene from Double-A Birmingham. They take the roster spots of Kevin Dubler and Jose Castro. Both were assigned to the Barons. Both Green and Garcia come to the Knights with hit streaks. Garcia has a 13-game streak and Green a 10-game streak. More information on each player can be found on page eight of today’s game notes.
Blame It On the Rain: Tuesday night’s game had to be completed Wednesday at 6:15 after the Heavens opened with the score tied in the bottom of the 8th inning. The game went into extra innings, looked like the Knights had one on a close call in the 11th, and finally did after 14 innings and four hours of play on a Dan Johnson RBI-double. The bottom fell out again just as that game ended and pushed the start of the second game back another half hour until about 9:05 p.m.
Over?…It’s Not Over: The night-cap was the second time in less than a week that the Knights came back from a 5-2 ninth-inning deficit to win. On May 3rd, they trailed by the same score at Lehigh Valley before putting up four runs to win.
Walk the Walk: Charlotte won both games Wednesday in walk-off fashion and they did a lot of walking in the second one. Five men walked in the ninth inning of that game, including the first three and Josh Phegley’s walk that forced in the tying run.
The Clock Strikes 12: Fittingly, after two nights of rain delays, extra innings, and drama, Jim Gallagher’s game-winning, broken bat base hit fell into right field just as the clock struck midnight on Wednesday night. That hit ended a marathon night that started almost six hours earlier and saw 15 ½ innings of baseball.
Eight is Enough: It wasn’t quite Josh Hamilton’s AL record 18 total bases and four home runs from the previous night, but for the second time this year, Jordan Danks had a season-high eight total bases in the late game Wednesday night. Danks had solo home runs in each of his first two at-bats to give the Knights a 2-1 lead and account for the total bases. Dan Johnson had previously accomplished the same total on April 29 in Syracuse when he hit two homers of his own. Danks now has 6 home runs in his career against Toledo (2010-pres.).
Run, Run, Run… For the second time this season, Greg Golson produced a team-high three runs in a game. In the completion of the suspended game, he was 3-for-6 with three runs scored, including the game-winner in the 14th all the way from first base. Golson also scored three runs exactly one month earlier at home against Norfolk, the same Knight he had three doubles. He leads the International League in hits with 39 and now has four three-hit games this season. Golson currently is in the middle of a seven-game hitting streak and is trying to equal his season-high of nine straight games with a base hit.
Getting On and Driving Them In: Dan Johnson is first in the International League in OBP at .478 and first in walks with 31. He has walked five times already in this three-game series and has a six-game hitting streak as well. He drives others home also, as he has at least one RBI in 10 of the last 12 games. He has three RBIs in this series to make his team-leading total 27 for the year.