SERIES INFO: The Knights and Norfolk Tides will continue their four-game series tonight with a twin bill beginning at 6:15 PM. The series was supposed to start on Tuesday from Harbor Park, but was postponed due to inclement weather. Today’s games will be the tenth and eleventh games of the season between these two squads already this season. They have already faced off this season for four games at Knights Stadium and five games at Harbor Park. The Knights and Tides split a four-game series earlier this season at Knights Stadium. The Knights took the first two games from Norfolk, before dropping the last two. The Knights are 153-146 against the Tides all-time. Last season the Knights went 6-5 against the Knights at Harbor Park and went 13-8 for the season against the Tides. All-Time, the Tides are 76-71 against the Knights at Harbor Park. The Knights lost four of five games to the Tides before winning Wednesday’s opener.
Postponed With Norfolk…Again… Sort Of: The Knights and Tides were supposed to play a doubleheader on Wednesday, but due to inclement weather, only played one nine-inning game. They will now play a doubleheader tonight, with first pitch set for 6:15 PM.
Vs. Norfolk: Greg Golson, who is tied for the IL lead in hits (45), has recorded a .364 batting average (12-33) in eight games against the Tides already this season. Dan Johnson (.304) and Josh Phegley (.345) also have success against the Tides this season. Justin Greene hit .308 in eight games against the Tides last season and homered against them in his first game in 2012. Phegley also hit .375 last season in two games vs. Norfolk.
Greene Monster: Justin Greene had a breakout game Wednesday night at Norfolk. Deuces were wild for Greene as he was 3-5 with a two-run home run, two doubles, and two runs scored. He got called up from Double-A Birmingham, where he was tied for the Southern League batting lead with a .329 average, on May 10th. He is now hitting .286 with the Knights.
Justin Joins Jordan: With his big night Wednesday night, Justin Greene tied a mark for collecting bases that Jordan Danks set last week. Greene’s two doubles and home run gave him eight total bases for the game. Danks had eight total bases on May 9 when he hit two home runs against the Toledo Mud Hens.
Charles in Charge: Charlie Leesman was dominant Wednesday night against Norfolk. He went 6.2 innings and gave up no runs on six hits while striking out a season-high seven batters. It was the fourth start this season that Leesman has pitched at least six innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.59 in picking up the victory. He’s now in the top 10 in ERA in the IL. Leesman got Norfolk hitters to hit into 11 ground-ball outs against only one flyout.
Septimus Prime: Leyson Septimo continues to overwhelm opposing batters. He pitched another scoreless 1.1 innings Wednesday night against Norfolk and struck out four. He now has pitched 17.2 scoreless innings over 10 games this season for a 0.00 ERA. He’s bene sharp in all three of his appearances against Norfolk this season – fanning 10 batters over 5.2 shutout innings.
Get Hot, Ozzie: Ozzie Martinez has been swinging a hot bat lately He had three doubles on the homestand and was 3-3 on Wednesday night with a double and two RBIs. He also reached base a fourth time on a walk and had a stolen base.
Stranded on an Island: TheCharlotte pitching staff did some effective clutch pitching Wednesday night. They held the Tides to 0-7 hitting with runners in scoring position to leave 11 runners stranded on base.