Knights Go for Fourth-Straight Win Tonight!
SERIES INFO: The Charlotte Knights took the opening game of the series on Thursday by a score of 3-2 backed by Dylan Axlerod’s complete game. Axelrod improved to 4-1 on the season with a 1.20 ERA – the top mark in the IL. On Friday, in game two of the series, the Knights won for the second-straight day over Lehigh Valley, this time by a whopping 11-3 margin. Earlier this season, the Knights played the IronPigs in Lehigh Valley and dropped two of three with another game suspended due to inclement weather. That game was resumed and completed on Thursday 5/24 in Fort Mill and the IronPigs won 5-4 – giving the ‘Pigs a 3-1 series win at home this season against Charlotte.
Roster Move: Before the game on Saturday, the Knights activated infielder Kyle Shelton off the disabled list and assigned him to Single-A Winston Salem. Shelton appeared in four games for the Knights this season and was hitting .083.
Third Knight to the ‘Bigs in 2012, Second With a Win: LHP Jose Quintana became the second 2012 Charlotte Knights player to earn a Major League victory this season after his solid performance for the White Sox on Friday. While Quintana was only on the Charlotte roster for a day, and never pitched for the club, he became the third Knight recalled by Chicago this season on Friday and then went and tossed six solid innings to earn his first Major League win. LHP Eric Stults earned his first Major League win of 2012 on May 24 at Citi Field against the New York Mets. Stults is now pitching for the San Diego Padres.
Recap of Last Night: The Charlotte Knights scored 11 runs and belted out 11 hits en route to their second win against the IronPigs this series and third of the season. Charlotte has now won three-straight games and are now one win from tying their season high of four wins.
Ray of Hope: Ray Olmedo continues to swing a hot bat. He was 3-4 on Friday night with a double, two runs scored, and three RBI. Olmedo extended his hitting streak to seven games.
A Knight of 3s for G-G: Greg Golson had a night to remember on Friday night. He was 3-3 with two runs scored, three RBI, a home run to lead off the game, and a triple. All he needed was a double to hit for the cycle. Golson now has five three-hit games on the season, 13 multi-hit games, and is tied for the lead in the International League with 55 hits. He also had eight total bases, which is tied for the most by a Knight in a game this season.
7th Heaven: Jordan Danks joined Ray Olmedo with a seven-game hitting streak of his own with his seventh-inning single Friday night.
Welcome Home: Dallas McPherson had his first home run since coming off the disabled list on May 20th. His fifth-inning three-run shot put the Knights ahead 4-2 and was his third of the season, all coming at the friendly confines of Knights Stadium.
Group Effort: Everybody got in on the act Friday night as five different players had RBI forCharlotte. The hits also came at key times as the Knights were 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
A Look at the Knight-ly Leaderboard: RHP Dylan Axlerod is the IL leader in ERA (1.20), LHP Charlie Leesman is third (2.36), RHP Terry Doyle is fifth in strikeouts (53), OF Greg Golson is tied for the IL lead in hits (55), tied for second in triples (4), second in runs scored (33), second in at-bats (186), and Dan Johnson is second in RBI (38), first in walks (43) and third in on-base percentage (.434). As a team, Charlotte is first in doubles (99), first in triples (14), second in ERA (3.14)and second in strikeouts (382).