Knights Go For Series Win Vs. ‘Hens Tonight, Danks to White Sox

2011 & 2012 SERIES INFO: Last season, the Charlotte Knights won five of eight games against the Toledo Mud Hens. Tonight, the two clubs continue a four-game series from Toledo. This is the last scheduled series between these two clubs during the regular season. The Knights enter today’s game in first place after back-to-back wins over Toledo. The Knights improved to
4-2 against the Mud Hens in 2012 after last night’s 5-1 victory.

White Sox Purchase Contract of Danks: Jordan Danks became the fourth Charlotte Knights player to be promoted to Chicago this season as the Sox purchased his contract earlier today. Danks leaves the club batting .302 with eight home runs and 28 RBIs. He hit a three-run home run with two outs in the eighth inning last night to bust open a 2-1 ballgame and give the Knights a 5-1 win. It was his third homer against Toledo this season and seventh against the Mud Hens in 20 games. Danks took the spot of outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 4) with a strained right oblique.

Lees is the Man: Charlie Leesman only gave up one run on three hits over six innings Wednesday night to earn the victory over the Mud Hens. He has now gone at least six innings on six different occasions this season, and he has allowed only five runs over his last five starts. Leesman leads the team and is third in the International League with a 2.40 ERA.

Extending the Lead: A pair of 5-1 scores increased the Knights lead over the Gwinnett Braves to 1.5 games Wednesday night. Gwinnett fell again to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 5-1 and Charlotte once again defeated Toledo 5-1. Charlotte is now nine games over .500 at 35-26.

Breaking Even on the Road: With the victory Wednesday night, the Knights pulled their overall road record for the season to .500 at 16-16. They have taken the first two games at Toledo and have two more there followed by four at Columbus before coming home. That road record coupled with their 19-10 mark at Knights Stadium has the Knights with their 1.5 –game lead over the Gwinnett Braves in the IL South Division.

Twin Killings: The Knights had their double-play combination working Wednesday night as they turned a season-high three of them for the third time this season.

Kuhn-Dawg Hunting Bases: Tyler Kuhn was 3-for-4 Wednesday night with a triple, home run, and three runs scored to give him eight total bases for the game. That ties the season-high last accomplished by Dan Johnson on June 1st at Gwinnett. It was his 17th multi-hit game and the third time this season he has had three hits in a game. Kuhn led off the game with the home run and is now 5-for-9 with four runs scored in the first two games of the road trip. He was a double short of hitting for the cycle.

Phegley Phanatic: Josh Phegley extended his hitting streak to nine games with his second-inning double Wednesday night. He also had a 13-game hitting streak in April.

Charlie, Charlie: With the win Wednesday night, Charlie Leesman tied Charlie Shirek for the team lead with six victories. Leesman is 6-4 with a team-leading 2.40 ERA, and Shirek is 6-3 with a 3.82.

Home Away From Home: Of his six wins, four of Charlie Leesman’s victories have come on the road. He also leads the team in that category.

Donnie “The Real Deal” Veal: Donnie Veal pitched another scoreless inning Wednesday night for his 12th consecutive appearance (17.1 IP) without allowing an earned run. He has yet to allow an earned run on the road this year over 11.1 innings pitched and he has lowered his overall ERA to 1.08.

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