Knights Battle Braves Tonight in Finale

2011 & 2012 SERIES INFO: Last season, the Knights led the series against the Braves 6-5 at Knights Stadium. In all, however, the Braves won the 2011 overall series against the Knights 13-8. The Knights and Gwinnett Braves battled in game one of their quick two-game series at Knights Stadium on Sunday, with Gwinnett getting the 5-1 victory. The Knights swept Gwinnett at Coolray Field in two games (Friday & Saturday). With those two wins, the Knights had improved to 6-4 against Gwinnett this season. The Knights are now 6-5 against Gwinnett and have a chance to stay over .500 with a win in today’s finale.

Knights Fall to Braves 5-1 on Sunday: The Knights traveled back to Fort Mill for Sunday’s game with the G-Braves riding a three-game win-streak. Each team sent their ace to the hill in the opener and Gwinnett starter Julio Teheran went the distance allowing one run over a complete-game 9-inning win. The Knights are now just 3-6 on Sundays.

Saturday Knights Alright!: While the Knights have struggled for wins on Sundays, they have been dominate on Saturdays. The Knights improved to 9-2 on Saturdays with their win this past Saturday against Gwinnett.

IL Pitcher of the Week: RHP Terry Doyle was rewarded for his impressive week by the
International League earlier today. Doyle, 26, allowed just five hits over 13.1 innings over his two starts last week. The Massachusetts native took a no-hitter into the eighth inning of his start on Memorial Day (Monday, May 28) and allowed just one hit over 7.1 scoreless innings. He led the Knights to a 4-1 win over the Rochester Red Wings on that day. In his next outing (Saturday, June 2), Doyle gave up just two runs on four hits over six innings en route to a 5-2 win over the Gwinnett Braves. The win was Doyle’s fourth-straight and pushed his season record to 5-3 with a 3.04 ERA in 11 games (10 starts). Currently, Doyle ranks among the International League leaders in three categories. He’s 10th in ERA (3.04), fifth in strikeouts (62) and 2nd in innings pitched (68.0).

2nd Knight to win IL Award in 2012: Charlie Shirek – tonight’s starter, was the last Knights pitcher to win the award. He won the award for the period from April 16-22.

More Morel: Chicago White Sox third baseman Brent Morel continued his rehab from a lumbar back strain on Sunday with Charlotte. He added another hit and now has a five-game hit streak. Morel has a hit in all five of his games with the Knights as he works his way back to Chicago. The former Knight, who hit .320 with Charlotte in 2010, is currently hitting .412 (7-17) with a double and four runs scored for the Knights. Last season, as Chicago’s starting third baseman, Morel hit .245 with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs.

A Phan of Phegley: Josh Phegley extended his hitting streak to seven games on Sunday. He also had a 13-game streak earlier this season from April 13th through April 30th.

G.G. and J.D:. Greg Golson and Jordan Danks had their 17th and 14th multi-hit games respectively Sunday. Both players were 2-4 and Danks supplied the Knights’ only run with his seventh-inning home run. It was Danks’ seventh home run of the season and he now has his average above .300 at .301. He also had a double in the fourth inning. Golson leads the International League with 65 hits.

Battle for First: The Knights came into Sunday’s game just 0.5 games behind first-place Gwinnett after taking two from the Braves on the road over the weekend. After the loss, they still have an opportunity to take three of four in the home-and-home series and head back out on the road 0.5 games out of first. They are also only 0.5 games out of the Wild Card spot.

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