Knights and Clippers Back at it Tonight for Game 2…
2012 SERIES INFO: The Knights and Clippers started a four-game series on Monday and it was the Knights who got the game one win 5-2. The two teams played a four-game series over last weekend in Columbus and split the series two games apiece. After losing the first two games of their season series to the Clippers, the Knights have now won three-straight against Columbus.
Start Me Up: Brian Bruney started on Monday and only gave up one run and four hits in five innings. Bruney threw 74 pitches on the night and did not give up a run until two outs in the fifth inning on his 67th pitch when Ezequiel Carrera took him deep for the first run of the game. Bruney is tied for fourth in the International League with 11 saves with a 1.86 ERA. He had started two games previously this season with a 0-1 record and 3.60 ERA in those games. Bruney threw three hitless innings in relief of John Danks on June 12th to get the victory over these same Columbus Clippers.
Rehab Update: OF Kosuke Fukudome was in the lineup on rehab from the Chicago White Sox and he played well. He was 1-for-2 and made a nice running catch in foul territory in right field to end the first inning. Fukudome also threw out Jason Donald at home from right in the fifth when Donald was trying to give the Clippers a 2-0 lead.
In At the Right Time: Tyler Kuhn replaced Fukudome and immediately had a double and eventually scored the Knights’ first run. In the very next inning, he smacked his second straight double and this one drove in two runs to provide the final scoring for Charlotte. It was his 20th multi-hit game of the season and he has four RBI on the homestand.
Still Hot and Still Clutch: Greg Golson had another key hit Monday night and continued his hot homestand. His RBI double in the seventh inning gave Charlotte a lead they would not lose. Golson also had the game-tying hit in the 11th inning of Saturday night’s win. He has scored six runs and driven in four on the homestand. Golson extended his hitting streak to six games and improved his IL-leading hit total to 80. He also had an amazing diving catch on a shallow pop-up in centerfield in the seventh inning, his second diving catch of the homestand.
Widening the Gap: Monday night’s win coupled with the Gwinnett Braves’ 5-4 loss to the Indianapolis Indians increased Charlotte’s lead in the IL South Division to five games. Going into the June 4th series finale with the Gwinnett Braves two weeks ago, the Knights trailed the Braves by 1.5 games.
C-Jack and D-Mac are back: For the second night in a row, Conor Jackson had a key RBI. Sunday he drove in the Knights’ only run, which tied the game. In the sixth inning Monday night, Jackson’s RBI double brought home Tyler Kuhn with Charlotte’s first run and then Jackson scored to tie the game on Dallas McPherson’s base hit, his first since coming off the Disabled List and getting back in the lineup with Jackson on Sunday. McPherson had his sixth multi-hit game of the season in limited action after two extended stays on the DL.
In the Heath of the Knight: Deunte Heath pitched three innings of one-hit ball to pick up the victory. That one hit was a home run off the bat of Matt LaPorta on the first pitch he threw but he would allow nothing else. Heath struck out four more Monday night to give him nine Ks in five innings on the homestand. He threw 26 of his 35 pitches in the game for strikes.
That’s Gross! Brian Omogrosso sat down the side in order in the ninth for his second save. He struck out two to give him five strikeouts in two innings on the homestand.