Olsen Set to Debut Tonight for Knights…
CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS (48-37, 1st, South)
@ GWINNETT BRAVES (38-47, 4th, South)
Lawrenceville, GA~ Coolray Stadium ~ 7:05 PM
(Game 3 of 4-game series) Game #86~ Road Game #49
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 loss on Sunday, Charlotte is now 8-6 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 5-4 in Georgia after losing the game on Sunday.
Last Knights Game: A one-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning off the bat of Felix Pie led the Gwinnett Braves to a 6-5 win over the Charlotte Knights on Sunday in game two of their four-game series from Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA. The win snapped a 15-game losing streak for Gwinnett.
Humber Rehabbed with Knights: White Sox RHP Philip Humber, 29, allowed two runs on three hits over 2.1 innings on Sunday. He threw 52 pitches, 28 for strikes. He walked two and stuck-out three. Humber threw the 21st perfect game in MLB history on April 21, 2012.
Roster Moves: The Knights made 27 roster moves in the month of June including 18 from 6/19 on. The roster moves continued today as OF Greg Golson, who was named to the 2012 IL All-Star team, was placed on the DL (retroactive to 6/30).
The Knights also activated LHP Scott Olsen from the DL. Olsen started the season on the club’s DL. He was signed as a free agent on January 27, 2012. Olsen missed the entire 2011 season after being placed on Pittsburgh’s 60-day disabled list on 4/26/11 with inflammation in his left shoulder. Pittsburgh released him on 5/18/11. Olsen is expected to start tonight’s game for the Knights. Olsen made a rehab start for the Bristol Sox on 6/29 and allowed one run on one hit over one inning of work. Matt Zaleski (3-2, 4.48) is expected to follow Olsen tonight. More on each pitcher on page two of today’s notes.
Welcome Back: The Knights brought another familiar face back to the team. Just two days after welcoming Shane Lindsay back, the Knights will welcome Jim Gallagher to the squad. Gallagher hit .215 with no home runs and 18 RBIs for the Knights in 56 games earlier this season. He was assigned to Birmingham on 6/19. Gallagher hit .295 with one home run and four RBIs for the Barons in 11 games. He had a hit in nine of 11 games.
Playing Long-Ball: The Knights hit three home runs Sunday, which ties their high in one game this season. They also hit three in one game on June 21st against Columbus when Conor Jackson accounted for all three by himself. Sunday Dan Johnson hit his team-leading 20th to put the Knights up 2-0 in the first inning. Kyle Shelton hit his first home run of the season in the fourth inning. It was also his first two RBI on the year for Charlotte native and former UNC Tar Heel. Dallas McPherson hit his fourth homer in the sixth inning.
Sweet 16: Dan Johnson continues to go deep in opponents’ ballparks. His 20th homer of the season Sunday was also his 16th of the year on the road. Johnson also hit his 18th double of the year Sunday night. He now has 12 walks and 10 runs scored on the road trip and he is tied for second in the IL with 51 runs scored.
3s For #3: Tyler Kuhn matched his jersey number with a 3-bagger on Sunday night. He was 2-for-5 on the night and now has a 3-game hitting streak. He had three hits in the opener opn 6/30 and has seven three-hit games this season.