Knights Look For Win vs. ‘Wings Wednesday…
2012 SERIES INFO: The Charlotte Knights opened their four-game series against the Rochester Red Wings on Memorial Day (Monday, May 29) with a 4-1 win. The Knights then dropped game two on Tuesday by a score of 7-4. RHP Dylan Axelrod, who entered the game as the IL leader in ERA, allowed seven runs over 4.2 innings pitched. The Knights will go for their second win of the season against the Red Wings tonight and will do so having won six of their last seven games.
2011 SERIES INFO: Charlotte 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.
Morel Returns to Knights for Rehab: Chicago White Sox third baseman Brent Morel, who was placed on the disabled list with a lumbar back strain on May 22 (retroactive to May 18) , will begin a Major League rehab assignment with the Charlotte Knights at Knights Stadium tonight when the club hosts the Rochester Red Wings in game three of their four-game series. In 2010, Morel hit .326 for Double-A Birmingham and was promoted to Charlotte later that year and hit .320 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs for the Knights in 81 games. He made his Major League debut on September 7, 2010 as a pinch-hitter for the White Sox. Three days later, Morel collected his first career Major League hit – a home run off of Kansas City pitcher Bruce Chen.
Six Gun: The Knights entered their game with Rochester as the hottest team in the IL, having won a season-high six-straight games. They had gone undefeated on their current homestand, before dropping Tuesday’s contest 7-4. The Knights are still 7-3 over their last 10 games.
Throwing B-Bs: Brian Bruney pitched another scoreless ninth inning Tuesday night but this time it wasn’t a save situation. He has now had eight consecutive scoreless appearances.
Keep the Streak Alive: Jordan Danks saved his hitting streak with a line drive base hit in his final at-bat in the bottom of the eighth inning. He was 1-for-3 with a run scored and a walk and now has a hit in 13 of his last 14 games.
Double-Double: Greg Golson had doubles in his first two at-bats Tuesday night. He would eventually score each time and also had an RBI. He could have used one of those doubles last Friday when he was a double short of hitting for the cycle against Lehigh Valley. Golson also had three doubles in a game on April 8th vs. the Norfolk Tides. He now is tied for 2nd in the International League with 57 hits. Golson has scored six runs in the first six games of the homestand.
Hitting at Home: With his 2-for-4 night on Tuesday, Tyler Kuhn is now 10-for-19 on the current homestand. He now has a five-game hitting streak and 13 multi-hit games for the season.
K-Rod: Dylan Axelrod struck out seven batters in 4.2 innings to give him 52 for the season.
Black-burned: Nick Blackburn started Tuesday night for Rochester on a Major League rehab assignment and the Knights touched him up. He gave up four earned run on four hits with three walks in 3.2 innings of work. Blackburn did not factor in the decision however.