Knights Face Red Wings on Memorial Day…
SERIES INFO: Last season, the Knights won the overall series against the Red Wings and tonight they will look to continue that trend. Charlotte won swept the home series in 2011, although one of the games were in Rochester. The Knights took the first three games, but the
fourth one was postponed and played in Rochester. That game counted towards the home record and the Knights earned a series sweep with 5-1 win. The two teams then split their four-game series and the Knights went 6-2 overall on the season against the ‘Wings.
Charles in Charge: LHP Charlie Leesman (4-4, 2.39) started for the Knights on Sunday and was sharp on the hill. Leesman allowed just two runs over seven innings and won his fourth game of the season. His 2.39 ERA is good for fourth best in the IL. He’s won two of his last three starts and has allowed just two runs over that span (17.2 IP).
How Sweep It Is: With the 7-2 win Sunday night, the Knights completed the four-game sweep of Lehigh Valley. It was also their fifth win in a row and, at five games over .500 (28-23), they now sit only one half game back ofBuffalo and the IronPigs in the Wild Card race. The five game winning streak is their longest of the season so far.
Ray-Ray: Ray Olmedo stayed hot Sunday night with his second three-hit game of the season and a walk to reach base four times. He also scored a run and extended his hitting streak to eight games. In the series with the IronPigs, Olmedo hit .700 (7-for-10) and scored four times.
I Smell Bacon: With the four-game sweep,Charlotte takes the season series fromLehighValley 5-3. They lost three out of four atLehighValley. The final game of that series was suspended by rain and completed at Knights Stadium Thursday night before this series began. The IronPigs won that game on a tenth-inning walkoff 5-4.
The South Has Risen Again: The Knights now have a 9-7 record so far this season against the North Division and 6-2 at Knights Stadium after the four straight wins againstLehighValley. They will test that streak and have a chance to improve that record as the Rochester Red Wings now come in for a four-game visit.
Walk Like the Man: Dan Johnson added yet another base on balls to his league-leading total Sunday night. He now has 46. He also moved up to second in on-base percentage (.444) and drove in another run with a shot off the right field wall that would have been a home run before the fences were moved back last year. It was Johnson’s 39th RBI of the season. Johnson was 2-for-4 Sunday and 5-for-12 in the series with five walks.
E3: The IronPigs committed three errors Sunday night which was tied for the most by a Knights’ opponent this season. The Norfolk Tides also committed three errors on April 7th at Knights Stadium.
Be Like Jordan: Jordan Danks continued his successful homestand Sunday night by extending his hitting streak to nine games. He now has a hit in 11 of his last 12 games. Danks also walked and scored two runs to make him 4-for-9 in the series with three walks and three runs scored.
Lucky 13: The Knights had 13 hits Sunday night and all of them were singles. They also left 13 men on base but they had more than enough offense to get the win.
On Target: Reliever Gregory Infante pitched two hitless innings Sunday night and threw 23 of his 31 pitches for strikes.