Knights Looking for First Road Win of 12-Game Trip…
CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS (43-34, 1st – South)
@ ROCHESTER RED WINGS (35-40, 6th – North)
Rochester, NY ~ Frontier Field ~ 5:05 PM (Game 3 of 4-game series)
SUN: RHP Zach Stewart (1-2, 6.00 ERA w/CHI) @ ROC LHP Luke French (1-2, 5.44)
2012 SERIES INFO: After splitting a four-game series at Knights Stadium earlier this season, the Knights made the trek to Rochester to take on the Red Wings for their final four-game series of the 2012 regular season. On Friday, in the opening game, the Red Wings held Charlotte to just three hits and went on to beat the Knights by a score of 3-0. On Saturday, in game two, Rochester blasted 15 hits and scored 12 runs en route to a 12-1 victory. The Knights had just seven hits in the game and have now scored just one run over the two-day span. Charlotte will still have a chance for a season split with the Red Wings. They’ll need to win the final two games of this series, however.
Vs. Rochester: Dan Johnson is hitting .400 with four runs, two doubles, one home run and three RBIs over six games. As a team, the Knights are hitting just .250 against Rochester in six games this season. Last season, the Knights hit .310 as a team against Rochester and won six of eight games.
Keeping Their Ground: Despite losing four of their last five games, the Knights have not lost any ground in the IL South Division. Charlotte enters today’s game with a six–game lead over second place Gwinnett. The G-Braves lost their eight-straight game on Saturday. In fact, the Gwinnett Braves are now not the lone second place team. Norfolk, who has a win in four-straight games and eight of their last 10, have propelled to second place and are in a two-way tie with the Braves. The Knights and Tides will play a three-game series at Knights Stadium from July 6-8.
Ray of Light: Ray Olmedo had two of Charlotte’s seven hits on Saturday and drove in the club’s only run of the day. After getting off to a slow start in April (.181), Olmedo has enjoyed his next two months. In May, Olmedo hit .303 (20-66) in 21 games. In June, Olmedo is hitting .281 (16-57) in 16 games.
High Five: Dan Johnson extended his hit-streak to five games last night with a double. This is Johnson’s sixth hit streak of five games or more this season. Johnson had a 10-game hit streak from 5/3-5/12. He also began the season by hitting safely in his first seven games and combined with a seven-game hit streak to end the 2011 season, Johnson had a 14-game streak earlier this season.
Batting Leaders: Dan Johnson reached base twice in Saturday’s 12-1 loss to Rochester and is first in the IL in on-base percentage with a .425 mark and is currently second in HR (17) and second in RBIs (54). He trails Brad Eldred, who has since moved on to play in Japan. Johnson also leads the IL in games played (76). Greg Golson added two hits on Saturday and is tied for first in the IL in hits (84). Golson is also among the league leaders in a number of other categories. Golson is first in at-bats (303), tied for second in doubles (21), third in runs scored 46), and tied for second in triples (6).
Pitching Leaders: RHP Charlie Shirek, who is scheduled to make his next start on Monday, is currently the International League leader in innings pitched with 91.0. He leads Rudy Owens of Indianapolis by 0.1 innings. Shirek is also tied for second in the IL in wins with seven. Friday’s starter Charlie Leesman also has seven wins. Leesman is also the IL leader in ERA with an impressive 2.16 ERA.
A Nice Tune in June: Hector Gimenez went 1-4 last night with a double and is now hitting.310 with four home runs and 11 RBIs in 15 games this month. The four home runs are the most he has hit in one month this season. He had three in May in 24 games.