Game Two vs. ‘Pigs Tonight

SERIES INFO: The Knights and IronPigs began play in 2008 – Lehigh Valley’s first season in existence. Since then, the two teams have faced each other 37 times entering play today (Lehigh Valley is 19-18 against the Knights). Entering this season, the two teams had a 16-16 record against each other, with each team having a better record in their home park. The Knights are 10-7 against the ‘Pigs at Knights Stadium, while the ‘Pigs are now 12-8 at Coca-Cola Park after winning two of three in their 2012 series. Last season, the Knights went just 3-5 against the ‘Pigs overall and split their season series in East Allentown (2-2). After completing and winning the May 4th suspended game on May 24, the ‘Pigs took the first 2012 series 3-1. Charlotte won the originally scheduled game 3-2 and are now 1-0 against Lehigh Valley at home this season.

The Wait is Over: The game that started on May 4th finally ended on May 24th. The Knights and Lehigh Valley IronPigs resumed and completed their game on Thursday from Knights Stadium. Although it started in Allentown, it ended in Fort Mill. The two teams picked up the game in the fourth inning and played 10 innings. The IronPigs beat the Knights 5-4 in the game.

Home Away From Home? Fans had to be confused Thursday night during the completion of the May 4 game when Lehigh Valley was actually the home team in the visiting dugout. Since the game was started with the IronPigs as the home team in Allentown, PA., it had to be completed that way. It resulted in a rare walkoff victory for the team in the visiting dugout as Lehigh Valley won in the tenth inning, 5-4.

Quintana Recalled to Chicago: LHP Jose Quintana became the third Charlotte Knights player and pitcher promoted to the Majors this season. Although Quintana never pitched for the Knights, he spent one day on the roster. He was promoted to Charlotte on Thursday from Birmingham (AA). He joined Dylan Axelrod and Eric Stults, who were both promoted earlier this season. Axelrod is back with the Knights while Stults is now pitching for San Diego.

10: Dan Johnson homered in the game on May 4th and nearly three weeks later that home run showed up in his statistics. Once the game was completed, Johnson moved up in the IL rankings in home runs and RBIs. He had three RBIs in that game and his 38 are now good for second in the IL.

Hot Rod: Dylan Axelrod continued to be masterful Thursday night. He threw the team’s second seven-inning complete game in a week’s time and got the win over the IronPigs. He only allowed two runs, both on solo homers, and four hits while striking out five. Axelrod is now 4-1 with a 1.20 IL-leading ERA and he is 3-0 at home. He has gone at least six innings in six of his seven starts and has only allowed six earned runs over 45 innings with 45 strikeouts.

Sugar Ray: Ray Olmedo had another hit and a run scored Thursday night to extend his hitting streak to six games.

4-Hit Game…3 Weeks Later: Tyler Kuhn had four hits yesterday, May 4th? In the game that was started three weeks ago and finished Thursday night, Kuhn ended up with a four-for-four performance with a run scored and a run driven in. The four hits equals the season high in a game for the Knights, matching Conor Jackson and Jim Gallagher who each did it in April. That moves Kuhn into double digits in multiple-hit games with ten this season.

5Th Annual Golf Classic: On Wednesday, Knights staff and Knights players participated in the club’s annual golf classic. The day’s events raised $14,127.62 for the Levine Children’s Hospital.

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