Humber Takes the Mound for Knights in Game Two…
CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS (48-36, 1st, South)
@ GWINNETT BRAVES (37-47, 4th, South)
Lawrenceville, GA~ Coolray Stadium ~ 5:05 PM (Game 2 of 4-game series) Game #85~ Road Game #48
SUN: RHP Philip Humber (Major League Rehab Assignment) @ GWN RHP Todd Redmond (6-5, 3.13)
SERIES INFO: Last season, the Knights led the series against the Braves 6-5 at Knights Stadium. In all, however, the Braves won the 2011 overall series against the Knights 13-8. With a win on Saturday, Charlotte is now 8-5 against Gwinnett so far this season.
Coolray Field: Charlotte went 6-5 at Coolray Field in 2009 – the first season for Gwinnett. The Knights matched that total a year later and went 6-5 again at Coolray. Last season, however, the Knights went just 2-8 in Lawrenceville. This season, the Knights are 5-3 in Georgia after winning the game on Saturday.
Last Knights Game: The Charlotte Knights made the trek to Gwinnett on Saturday to continue their 12-game road trip. Charlotte would look for a win against the Braves in the opener. It was one big inning, which would give them that win. In the eighth inning, Hector Gimenez hit a key two-run single, Josh Phegley followed with an RBI single, and the Charlotte Knights held on to win the opener against the Gwinnett Braves 5-3 on Saturday at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA.
Humber to Rehab Tonight: Humber, 29, will get the nod tonight on a Major League rehab assignment. Humber was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the White Sox on June 22 (retroactive to June 17) with a right elbow strain. For the season, the Texas native is 3-4 with a 6.01 ERA in 12 starts. On April 21, 2012 in Seattle, Humber threw the 21st perfect game in Major League history. He struck-out nine Seattle batters and led the White Sox to a 4-0 victory. Last season, on August 30 at Norfolk, Humber made a rehab start for the Knights. He allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings and did not factor in the decision.
Walk This Way: Dan Johnson walked two more times on Saturday and is currently leading the IL in walks with 70 – eight more than the next player (Jack Cust and Valentino Pascucci each have 62). His high walk total has helped his on-base percentage, as Johnson also leads the league in that category with a .429 mark. The Minnesota native has a walk in eight of his last 10 games and five walks over his last three games. He has walked 11 times and scored nine runs in the first nine games of the road trip.
Thrice is Nice: Tyler Kuhn had another three-hit game last night. The Kentucky native went 3-5 with a run scored. He now has seven three-hit games this season, including one four-hit game. For the year, he has 23 multi-hit games this season.
Saturday Knight Fever: The Knights continued their winning ways on Saturdays with a 5-3 victory last night. The win was their 11th of the season on Saturday – by far their best day of the season. They won three of five Saturday games in the month of June. Before that, Charlotte won all four Saturday games in May, and they won four of six in April
No June Swoon! June proved to be the best month of the season so far for the Knights as they finished at 18-11. June was also the month that Charlotte overtook Gwinnett for first place in the IL South and they now have a seven-game lead over the Norfolk Tides.
Four All-Stars: Left-handed pitcher Charlie Leesman, along with position players Greg Golson, Dan Johnson and Josh Phegley were chosen to represent the Charlotte Knights at the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game, as announced by the International League on Wednesday. The 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game will be held on Wednesday, July 11 at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY and will feature the International League All-Stars against the Pacific Coast League All-Stars. Charlotte and Pawtucket are the only two IL teams to send four players to the All-Star Game.