Game Three This Afternoon…
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 posted three-straight victories after winning the final two games of their series in Columbus and the first here in Fort Mill. Charlotte dropped game two last night by a score of 13-2. The Clippers had 19 hits. Charlotte starter Anthony Carter allowed eight runs on eight hits over 2.1 innings pitched.
ROSTER MOVES: On Tuesday, before the 7:15 p.m. game, the White Sox announced a handful of moves affecting the Charlotte roster. Dylan Axelrod, who was 5-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 11 starts with the Knights, was recalled to Chicago. Along with the news, the White Sox also announced infielder/outfielder Jim Gallagher was transferred to Double-A Birmingham and pitchers Dan Remenowsky and Santos Rodriguez were promoted to Charlotte from Birmingham.
Rehabbing: White Sox OF Kosuke Fukudome is expected to continue his rehab assignment today with the Knights. In what would be his third game with the club, the Japanese outfielder is 1-5 in two games. In his first game, back on 6/18, he went 1-2 in two at-bats. Yesterday, Fukudome had three at-bats and went 0-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.
Everything Goes in Cycles: Jason Donald of the Columbus Clippers accomplished a rare feat in baseball by hitting for the cycle Tuesday night. He did the hard part early by hitting a two-run home run in the first inning and following that up with a third-inning triple. He also singled in the seven-run third as the Clippers batted around in the inning. It took him three more at-bats but Donald got his cycle by lining a two-out double to right-centerfield to score two runs in the ninth. The four hits were the most by an opposing batter against Charlotte in a game this year.
Like Day and Knights: Charlotte will look to go over .500 on the season in day games with today’s 12:15 businessman’s special. The Knights are currently 8-8 in day games.
Unlucky 13: Tuesday night’s 13 runs were the most the Knights have given up this season. They had previously allowed 13 on April 9th against Durham. Charlotte scored 13 runs one week prior on June 12th at Columbus in a 13-6 victory.
Shirek Gets the Ball: RHP Charlie Shirek has six of his seven wins at home this season.
Silver Lining (or Streak): Drew Garcia and Greg Golson both kept their personal hitting streaks alive Tuesday night. Garcia took care of his early with a base hit in his first at-bat in the third inning to extend his streak to eight games. Golson pulled it out in the ninth inning with a double that pushed his streak to seven. He is 10-for-26 (.385) on the homestand with six runs scored and five RBI.
Ty-Guy is a Fly Guy: Tyler Kuhn continued his solid homestand with a 2-for-4 performance and a run scored Tuesday night. It was his 21st multi-hit game of the season which ties him with Greg Golson and Josh Phegley for the team lead in that category. He is 8-for-20 (.400) on the homestand with four RBI. Kuhn did it defensively as well with two assists from his position in left field. In the sixth inning, he threw out Jared Goedert at the plate trying to score on Gregorio Petit’s base hit. He did it again in the eighth by playing Russ Canzler’s shot off the wall in left field perfectly and nailing him at second base trying to stretch it into a double.
Looking Ahead: On Thursday, in the finale of the four-game series, the Knights will send LHP Charlie Leesman (7-4, 2.20) to the hill. Leesman is the IL ERA leader with an impressive 2.20 ERA.