Knights Looking to Make it Six-Straight vs. Bulls…
SERIES INFO: Last season, the Bulls went 12-9 against the Knights in the overall series. So far in 2012, the Knights have taken over the series with a 6-2 record. After sweeping their four-game series from Knights Stadium in their last meeting, the Knights picked up where they left off last night – beating the Bulls by a score of 7-1. The Knights have now beaten the Bulls five-straight games and will look to make it a sixth-straight tonight. Earlier this season at the DBAP, Charlotte lost two of three games (April 9-11). Overall, the Bulls lead the All-Time series 116-93. Saturday’s win put the Knights to a season-high three games over .500 (23-20).
Vs. Durham in 2012: Hector Gimenez is now hitting .368 with one home run and five RBIs against the Durham Bulls this season (five games). Gimenez ripped three hits in Saturday’s opening game. Dallas McPherson, who was activated before today’s game off the disabled list, is hitting .462 with two home runs and nine RBIs against the Bulls this season. He also has five doubles and eight runs scored.
Roster Moves: Dallas McPherson was activated off the disabled list today and the Knights placed infielder Kyle Shelton on the DL (retroactive to 5/18). McPherson last appeared in a game on April 22. Back on April 16-17, McPherson homered in back-to-back games against the Durham Bulls.
Charles in Charge: Charlie Shirek (4-3, 3.76) took the ball in Saturday’s opener and was sharp over seven innings en-route to his team-high fourth win of the season. Shirek allowed just one run and five hits over seven innings to earn the win – his second this season against the Bulls. He’s now 2-1 with a 2.37 ERA in three starts against Durham in 2012. He is currently the IL leader in innings pitched with 55.
IL Hit Leader: Greg Golson added to his International League leading hit total last night with a single in the top of the third inning. He now has 48 hits on the season – one more than second place hitters Steve Pearce (SWB) and Leslie Anderson (DUR). Golson also swiped two bases last night (8). He is currently hitting .296 on the season, which is second best on the club (Dan Johnson has a .297 batting average).
He-Man: Hector Gimenez went 3-4 last night and scored three runs in the game.Gimenez has now reached base in 28 of the 31 games he’s played this season. He currently has a four-game hit streak and has nine multi-hit games this season.
Team ERA: The Knights team ERA continued to drop on Saturday as the team allowed just one run to the Bulls. Charlotte’s team ERA is now 3.14 on the season, which is now second-best in the IL. Durham’s team ERA is 5.05 – the highest mark in the IL. The Knights trail only Indianapolis in ERA. The Indians have a combined team ERA of 2.98.
Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Fun: The Knights added to their IL leading doubles total with five doubles in last night’s game. The five doubles tied a season-high for the club. For the season, Charlotte now has 91 on the season –two more than Pawtucket (89). Josh Phegley added his 12th double of the season, which is tied for second in the IL. Hector Gimenez chipped in with two doubles.
Triple Your Pleasure… Hector Gimenez and Drew Garcia each tripled last night and the Knights now have 11 triples as a team, which is tied for second-best in the IL (Toledo has 14).
Saturday’s Alright for Baseball: The Knights improved to 7-2 on Saturdays this season with their 7-1 win last night over Durham. In three Saturday games this month, the Knights are 3-0.