On to Rochester…
2012 SERIES INFO: The first place Knights will face the Red Wings tonight in the opening game of their four-game series from Frontier Field in Rochester, NY. The two teams split a four-game set earlier this season at Knights Stadium.
Vs. Rochester: Tyler Kuhn, Dan Johnson and Jordan Danks all hit .429 against the Red Wings during their last four-game series. Johnson and Justin Greene have a home each.
Roster Moves: RHP Simon Castro, who was obtained by the White Sox in the offseason trade that sent OF Carlos Quentin to San Diego, was promoted to Charlotte today. Castro, 24, was 6-3 with a 3.60 ERA in 13 starts for the Double-A Barons this season. The Dominican native is ranked as the third-best prospect in the White Sox organization by Baseball America.
Contract Purchased: RHP Brian Bruney had his contract purchased by the White Sox today and joins the club prior to their game with Milwaukee tonight. He is the fifth player to be promoted this season.
Returned: White Sox OF Kosuke Fukudome was returned today, activated from the DL and then designated for assignment. Fukudome played in four games with the Knights during a Major League rehab assignment and went 2-13 with three walks and four strikeouts. He was originally placed on the DL on June 7 (retroactive to June 4) with a strained right oblique.
Action Jackson: Charlotte’s Conor Jackson provided the punch on Thursday and helped lead the Knights to a 5-4 win in 10 innings over the Columbus Clippers. Jackson launched three home runs in the game – for the first time in his career and added four RBIs. It was an impressive two-day span for Jackson, who had four hits in Wednesday’s game. Over the two-day span, he went a combined 7-9 with three home runs, four runs scored, one double and five RBIs. Jackson was activated off of the DL on June 17 after missing over a month with a broken hand. He now has six home runs and 15 RBIs on the season.
Run Ozzie, Run: Infielder Ozzie Martinez was a sparkplug for the Knights in Thursday’s finale. Martinez led-off the bottom of the 10th inning with a key double. With the game tied 4-4, Martinez represented the game’s winning run. After Greg Golson was hit-by-a-pitch and Kosuke Fukudome drew a walk, Martinez was on third base with no outs. The rest was history. A wild pitch by Columbus reliever Frank Hermann brought Martinez home for the game-winning run. He also went 2-4 in the game.
Take Away the First: If you take away the first inning on Thursday, Matt Zaleksi would have had a quality start. Zaleski started the game and had one rough inning – the first. He allowed three runs in the frame on a three-run home run by Cord Phelps. Zaleski then settled down to allow just one run the rest of the way (five innings). He allowed four runs on eight hits over six innings and did not factor in the decision.
Jhanny Be Good: Reliever Jhan Carlos Marinez was sharp out of the bullpen on Thursday. Marinez tied a season-high with three innings. He allowed just three hits over the three scoreless frames and struck-out three batters. In 34 innings this season, he has fanned 37 batters. When he gets ahead in the count, batters are hitting just .108 against him.
The Heath is On: Deunte Heath enjoyed pitching at Knights Stadium during the club’s four-game series with the Clippers. Heath earned two wins in the four-game series, getting the “W” in the game on June 18 and again on Thursday. Heath also threw two scoreless innings earlier in the homestand. He struck-out five batters over those two innings on 6/14 vs. Indianapolis.