Finale Set for 2:15 PM Today:
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.
2012 SERIES INFO: The Knights and Indians began their 2012 season series on Thursday at Knights Stadium and in the battle of two first place teams, it was the Indians who took game one – winning by a score of 5-3. On Friday, the Knights stormed back to win game two and even the series with a 6-1 victory. A night later, the Knights battled the Indians into extra innings and won game three by a score of 5-4 in 11 innings. The Knights go for the series win today.
Walk-Off Win: It was an exciting win on Saturday night as Charlotte walked-off with an extra-inning win – their third this season. In a game that went back-and-forth, the Indians scored a run in the top of the 11th to take a 4-3 lead thanks to a Brandon Boggs solo home run. Charlotte came right back in the 11th and scored two runs to win it. Josh Phegley’s single in the bottom of the 11th brought Tyler Kuhn home for the winning run. Phegley had two hits Saturday.
Key Stolen Base: Outfielder Justin Greene homered in the fifth inning of last night’s game. The solo shot was his third of the season, but it was a stolen base later in the game that proved to be key. In the bottom of the 11th inning, Greene led things off with a walk. Representing the tying run, Greeene stole second base and put himself in scoring position with no outs in the 11th. Greene came around to score the tying run after a Greg Golson RBI single.
Saturday Knights Alright!: The Charlotte Knights continued their season success on Saturday night as they won last night’s contest by a score of 5-4 in 11 innings. With the win, the Knights Improved to 10-3 on Saturday nights. It’s their highest win total on any single night of the week – three more than their second-best night (on Friday they have seven wins).
Ray of Sunshine: Infielder Ray Olmedo continued his tear on IL pitching on Saturday, ripping three hits on the evening and bumping his batting average up to .265 on the season. Olmedo was 3-5 with an RBI and now has an eight-game hitting streak. He now has 21 hits over his last 22 games. He had a 13-game hit streak snapped on 6/5 in Toledo, but has since put together an eight-game streak.
Dan Dan the On-Base Man: Dan Johnson walked three times on Saturday and added to his top IL totals. First, his three walks now give him 55 on the season – the top mark in the IL. Second, his OBP rose to .426 – second only to Toledo’s Matt Young (.434).
Welcome Back: Dallas McPherson was activated in time for Saturday’s game. He didn’t play, but is in the lineup on Sunday.
A Nice Tune in June: The Knights have played their best baseball of the season during the month of June. With a win last night, the club notched their 11th win of the month. Their 11 wins this month are just two shy of their April total. In April, they played 25 games and won 13 of them. So far, in June, they have a win in 11 of 15. Their 17-win month of May is also within reach.
Z-Man Delivers: Hidden in yesterday’s walk-off win was the pitching performance of Matt Zaleski, who was solid over six innings. Zaleski, who entered the game with a win against Indianapolis last season, allowed one run on five hits over six innings. He walked none and struck-out three and left the game with a 2-1 lead. The lead didn’t hold up and Zaleski was unable to earn his third win of the season. He’s now allowed just five runs over his last four starts (22.2 innings pitched).