Series Opener on Friday…
2011 SERIES INFO: Last season, the Knights went 4-4 against the Buffalo Bisons in their season series. Each team won two games at Knights Stadium and each team won two games at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY.
2012 SERIES INFO: The two teams will meet for the first of two four-game series tonight. They begin their 2012 series at Knights Stadium for this four-game set and will play each other in Buffalo, NY from July 20-23.
Vs. Buffalo: As a team, the Knights hit .261 against the Bisons in their eight games last season. Jim Gallagher hit .300 with one home run and nine RBIs in eight games. Jordan Danks and Drew Garcia also homered against Buffalo last season.
Major League Rehab Appearance: Friday’s game will feature the first Major League rehab appearance by a White Sox player this season. Jesse Crain, who was placed on the disabled list back on April 27 (retroactive to April 21) with a strained left oblique, will begin a Major League rehab assignment tonight for the Knights. Crain, 30, was 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA in six games before being placed on the disabled list last month. Crain is scheduled to start tonight’s game. RHP Terry Doyle (1-3, 4.19) will follow.
Deunte’s Inferno: Deunte Heath had another effective performance at home Thursday night. He gave up two hits in two innings of relief and no runs. On the homestand, Heath has four strikeouts in four innings and has only allowed the two hits and no walks. On the last 6-1 homestand, he gave up no runs and one hit while striking out three and walking none in 2.2 innings.
Knights Going Greene Just-in Time: Justin Greene got called up toCharlotte from Double-A Birmingham on Thursday and he had a double in the sixth inning. He left Birmingham with a 10-game hitting streak and tied for the Southern League lead with a .329 batting average.
Dan the On-Base Man: Dan Johnson continues to get on base any way he can. Thursday night he was 1-for-2 with two walks. That extended his hitting streak to seven games, a tie for his season-high, and raised his International League-leading on-base percentage to .486. The two walks also raised his league-leading total to 33. Johnson is 6-for-14 on the homestand and also has seven walks.
Double-Double: Shortstop Ozzie Martinez doubled in each of his first two at-bats Thursday night for a 2-4 evening at the plate. The Knights had four doubles in the game.
Sorry Charlie: Charlie Leesman was the hard-luck loser on Thursday. He pitched a season-high seven innings and struck out a season-high seven batters while only giving up two runs but got the loss. 69 of his 98 pitches were strikes. Only half of his 20 runs allowed this season have been earned. He gave up both runs in the fourth inning and the Knights were not able to cash in on scoring chances to give him run support as they were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.
Thirsty Thursday: Despite falling to the Toledo Mud Hens 2-0 in the game on Thursday evening, the Knights own a 10-5 record at home this season.
Team ERA: The Knights are fourth in the IL in team ERA with a 3.23 mark. Buffalo – tonight’s opponetnt opponent is third with a 3.02 mark.