First Place Meets First Place Tonight in Opener…
2011 SERIES INFO: The Indians took the season series against the Knights, winning five of eight games. Indianapolis won three of four from the Knights at Victory Field in Indianapolis, while the Knights took two games from the Indians to split the series at Knights Stadium.
Touchdown!: In the city that is home to the Ohio State Buckeyes football team, the Knights put up a football-like score Tuesday afternoon. Charlotte hit their extra point in the fourth to score seven and won the game 13-6. The seven-run inning tied their season-high for an inning set on April 16th vs. Durham, also in the fourth inning.
Catch You Later Bro’: Jordan Danks had his contract purchased by the White Sox on Thursday, June 7 and was 2-for-5 with two runs scored in last Saturday’s game. Older brother John came down to the Knights to rehab a left shoulder strain and made the start Tuesday. He pitched four innings and gave up three runs, one earned, and struck out one against the Clippers.
Getting Out of Town: Charlotte pounded out 14 hits and 13 runs against Columbus Tuesday to come back and earn a four-game split after dropping the first two games of the series. With the win, they finished the eight-game road swing with a 6-2 record. The Knights are now 8-4 against the International League West Division this season and 6-2 on the road. They return home tonight for four games against the first-place team in the West, the Indianapolis Indians, followed by four more at home with Columbus.
For Starters: Greg Golson set the tone for the day as he led off the ballgame with a home run, his third of the year. He also drove in Ozzie Martinez with a base hit in the fourth-inning outburst. Golson was 2-4 with two runs scored and two RBI on the day. It was his 18th multi-hit game of the season.
Wizard of Oz: Ozzie Martinez put the Knights ahead 4-3 Tuesday with a bases-clearing double in the fourth inning. He was credited with two RBI and the third run scored on a throwing error.
What a Relief: Brian Bruney came on in relief after Danks threw his four innings. Bruney (1.86 ERA) pitched three hitless innings and struck out three to get his first win of the season.
Home Away From Home: The Knights are now 20-18 on the road after another successful road trip. Specifically, Dan Johnson seems to take his big stick on the road. He hit two more homers Tuesday after hitting one Monday night, and he now has hit 13 of his 17 homers in opposing ballparks. Johnson now has a five-game hitting streak as well.
Finishing Well: After struggling in series finales to start the season, the Knights have now developed a streak of winning those games. Tuesday’s win was their seventh consecutive win in a series finale to move their record to 10-9 in those outings. The last time the Knights lost a series finale was at home against the Buffalo Bisons on May 14th.
A Run A Day: Hector Gimenez was 3-for-5 Tuesday with two runs scored. For the eight-game road trip, he was 10-for-24 (.417) with eight runs scored, or one per game.
Phegley Pheelin en Fuego: Josh Phegley was 2-for-4 Tuesday with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI. It was his team-leading 20th multi-hit game of the season and he has raised his average back up to .299.