Knights in Toledo Beginning Tonight…

2011 & 2012 SERIES INFO: Last season, the Charlotte Knights won five of eight games against the Toledo Mud Hens. Tonight, the two clubs begin a four-game series from Toledo. This is the last scheduled series between these two clubs during the regular season. Each team is battling for the top spot in their division. The Knights enter tonight’s game just a half game back of Gwinnet for second place. The Mud Hens are also in second place in their division (West), but are 7.5 games back of first place Indianapolis.

2012 vs. Toledo: The two teams met for a four-game series from May 7-10 at Knights Stadium earlier this season and each team won two games to split the series. Dan Johnson hit .429 with three RBIs.

Danks vs. Toledo: Jordan Danks hit two home runs against the Mud Hens earlier this season. Danks also hit two home runs against the ‘Hens in 2011 and in 2010, he also launched two home runs. He has six long balls and 14 RBIs in his career against Toledo over 19 games.

The Hunt for September: The Knights took three of four from the Gwinnett Braves in their home-and-home series this weekend, and they now sit just one half game back of the Braves for first-place in the International League South Division. They also are only one half game back of the Buffalo Bisons for the Wild Card spot. Charlotte has won nine of their last 12 games.

First Blood: After starting the scoring in the fifth inning Monday night and holding on for the win, the Knights are now 25-10 in games where they score first and 28-4 when holding the lead after the fifth inning.

Who Says 13 is Unlucky?: Ray Olmedo had another hit Monday night to extend his hitting streak to 13 games. The streak started on May 13th. Olmedo’s jersey number is 13. He also had his lucky 7th stolen base of the season Monday night.

I’m Pheelin’ You Phegley: The player of Monday night’s game at the plate was Josh Phegley. He was 2-3 with a run scored and an RBI and he extended his hitting streak to eight games. After a torrid April and a drop-off in May, Phegley has his average back up to .292 on the season and he now has 21 RBI. Monday night was also his 17th multi-hit game, which ties Greg Golson for the team lead in that department.

Home-boy: Charlie Shirek (6-3, 3.82) recorded his team-leading sixth win Monday night. In seven innings, he only allowed three Braves’ base hits and no runs while striking out four and walking none. Five of his six wins have come at Knights Stadium where he is 5-1 with a 3.28 ERA. Shirek has gone at least six innings in nine of 11 starts this season.

The Dark Knight: Shirek also does his best work at night. He is now 6-0 with a 3.21 ERA in nine Knight-time starts.

Protect This House: With Monday night’s win, Charlotte finished their stretch of 10 home games in 12 days with a 7-3 home record. They are now 19-10 (.655) on their home turf this season. The Knights now head out on an eight-game road trip with four in Toledo and four inColumbus.

Panthers Take BP: On Monday, the Charlotte Knights welcomed six members of the Carolina Panthers to Knights Stadium to take BP before the 7:15 p.m. game. Tight End Gary Barnidge launched the only home run on Monday. The players also signed free autographs for fans.

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