Finale from Knights Stadium…
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 leaderin ERA, allowed seven runs over 4.2 innings pitched. Charlotte lost game three 11-10 last night in 10 innings. 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 eight games.
Morel Continues Rehab Tonight: 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 continue a Major League rehab assignment with the Charlotte Knights at Knights Stadium tonight when the club hosts the Rochester Red Wings in the finale tonight. Morel went 2-3 with a double and two runs scored in Wednesday’s game – his first rehab stint of 2012. 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. Morel collected his first career Major League hit on September 10, 2010 – a home run off of Kansas City pitcher Bruce Chen.
Dozen for Danks: With his 2-5 night on Wednesday, Jordan Danks extended his hitting streak to 12 games. He now has a hit in 14 of his last 15 games. Danks also drove in three runs and scored one to make him 8-20 on the homestand with five runs scored and six RBI.
Rare Late Lead Lost: The Knights have been money when they have a lead after five innings. Wednesday night was only the fourth loss all season in such instances. They are now 24-4 in those games. Charlotte led 6-4 after the fifth inning of Wednesday night’s game.
Donnie Baseball: Donnie Veal came on in relief of Charlie Shirek Wednesday night and pitched two innings of spotless relief. He entered in the sixth inning with a runner on second base and nobody out and struck out the side to prevent any more damage. He also struck out the fourth batter he faced for four straight strikeouts. Veal has six strikeouts on the homestand and has not allowed an earned run in 14.1 innings over his last ten appearances. His ERA is now 1.17.
Mean Greene: Justin Greene smacked a two-run home run over the left field wall in the second inning Wednesday night to give Charlotte a 2-1 lead.
Hot Knight: Dan Johnson was 2-3 Wednesday night with three runs scored, two RBI, and two more walks. His league-leading walk total is now 49. Johnson is now hitting .293 with 11 home runs and 42 RBI, which is second in the league. He also leads the International League in on-base percentage at .454 and has a five-game hitting streak. On the homestand, Johnson is 10-22 with six runs scored, five runs-driven-in and eight free passes.
I’ll Have Another: Josh Phegley does not like to settle for just one hit in a game. He was 2-5 Wednesday night with an RBI and a run scored for his 14th multi-hit game on the season. That ties him with Greg Golson for the team lead. Phegley also threw out another runner trying to steal. In the second inning, he gunned down Chris Parmelee trying to swipe second base. Phegley leads the International League in throwing out runners trying to steal.
Walk the Line: The Knights took a 10-6 lead with four seventh-inning runs and they did it by being patient. Deolis Guerra walked three straight batters to load the bases and after two base hits, Lester Oliveros walked in a run. All three of those runs were credited to Guerra and Drew Garcia hit a sacrifice fly off Oliveros to bring in the final run.
Free Baseball: Wednesday night was the sixth extra-inning game of the season for the Knights and they are now 2-4 in those games. Three of them have been at home with Wednesday night being the first home loss. There was another extra-inning game that was actually finished at Knights Stadium on May 24th but it was the completion of a suspended game in Lehigh Valley on May 4th so it counts as a road game. The IronPigs won that one 5-4 in 10 innings on a rare walk-off hit from the team in the visiting dugout. Charlotte is 0-3 on the road in extra-inning affairs.