Finale Tonight in Pawtucket…
FRI: RHP Deunte Heath (4-2, 1.64) @ PAW RHP Doug Mathis (5-5, 3.94)
SERIES INFO: The Charlotte Knights and Pawtucket Red Sox will continue their 2012 season series tonight at 7:05 p.m. from Pawtucket, RI. The two teams split their season series last season, going 4-4 against each other. Each team won three of four on the road.
On Tuesday, in the opener, the Knights got solid pitching from starter Matt Zaleski, who threw seven shutout innings, and used home runs from Drew Garcia and Hector Gimenez to take the opener 8-0. On Wednesday, former Knight Zach Stewart led the PawSox to a 5-1 win over the Knights. Mauro Gomez also blasted his 17th home run of the season.
Last Knights Game: Charlotte got a game-winning home run from Greg Golson in the 11th to beat the PawSox 1-0 on Thursday in game three of the series.
Roster Moves: Earlier today the Chicago White Sox announced that they have purchased the contract of Charlotte right-handed pitcher Brian Omogrosso to take the place of RHP Brian Bruney, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Omogrosso becomes the second Knights pitcher in two days to go from Charlotte to Chicago (Leyson Septimo had his contract purchased on Thursday). In 21 appearances this season for Charlotte, the 6’4” right-hander posted a 0-1 mark with two saves and a 4.09 ERA. In another move earlier in the day, RHP Brandon Kloess was promoted to Charlotte from Double-A Birmingham. Simon Castro was also placed on the DL, a night after tossing seven shutout innings.
Simon Says Shutout: Simon Castro made his second start of the season for the Knights Thursday night and did not allow a run in seven innings of work. He did not walk a batter, only gave up four hits, and struck out nine PawSox. Jhan Carlos Marinez and Donnie Veal completed the 11-inning shutout, which is the Knights’ third shutout in their last five games.
Bringing the HEATH: The shuffling of the rotation continues Friday night with Deunte Heath (4-2, 1.64) taking his turn as a starter. This will be his third start of the year in his 22nd appearance. All of his starts have been on the road and in his last one at Rochester Sunday he performed well. Heath only allowed two Red Wings base hits and no runs in four innings, while striking out three and walking none.
K-9 Unit: Simon Castro tied the individual season-high in strikeouts for a Knights starter in a single game Thursday night by striking out nine Pawtucket batters. Charlie Leesman accomplished the same feat one week ago at Rochester. Castro threw 63 of his 81 pitches for strikes.
Homers Away From Home? Greg Golson hit what turned out to be the game-winning home run in the 11th inning Thursday night with two strikes and two outs. It was his fourth of the season, and third on the road. That is an interesting trend for the Knights as a team as they have hit 57 homers this year with 35 coming on the road and 22 at Knights Stadium. Five of the nine players who have homered for Charlotte this season have hit more on the road than at home.
More Veal Please: Donnie Veal struck out two in two innings of work Thursday night and picked up his third victory of the season.
Fly Like a G-6: Greg Golson had the big two-strike, two-out home run in the 11th inning Thursday night for the game’s only run and it extended his hitting streak to six games. He is hitting .333 for the road trip so far through seven games.
Free Baseball: The11-inning game was the 10th extra-inning affair for the Knights in 2012.