Fourth of July Game Tonight…
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 Monday, Charlotte is now 8-7against Gwinnett so far this season.
Let’s go back to my place: The Knights and Braves played three games in Gwinnett but could not complete the fourth game of the series Tuesday night. Rain interrupted play in the second inning of the scoreless game and that game will be completed Thursday as part of a doubleheader. Gwinnet has won the last two games of the series on last at-bat walkoffs after Charlotte took game one with four eighth-inning runs. The two teams will now play three at Knights Stadium starting with Wednesday night’s sold-out Fourth of July game.
Suspended: Since the Charlotte Knights do not play the Gwinnett Braves again at Coolray Field this season, last night’s suspended game will be resumed at 5:15 p.m. on Thursday at Knights Stadium. The game will be picked up in the bottom of the 2nd inning with a 0-0 score. That game will be a nine-inning game played until completion. After 30 minutes, a seven-inning game will follow.
As the Roster Turns: The Chicago White Sox have announced that right-handed pitcher Deunte Heath, who was originally scheduled to start tonight’s game for the Charlotte Knights, was recalled to Chicago earlier today. Heath posted a 4-2 record with one save and a 1.70 ERA in 22 games (three starts). Heath will replace RHP Jesse Crain, who the White Sox placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to June 24) with a right posterior shoulder strain. Heath, 26, is now the eighth Charlotte Knights player this season to go from Charlotte to Chicago. RHP Dylan Axelrod, LHP Eric Stults, LHP Jose Quintana, OF Jordan Danks, RHP Brian Bruney, LHP Leyson Septimo, and RHP Brian Omogrosso are the others.
HR Derby: Dan Johnson was named as a participant for the 2012 Triple-A All-Star Game Home Run Derby, which will be held on Monday, July 9 at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY. Johnson, 32, won the 2010 Triple-A Home Run Derby held in Lehigh Valley. The Minnesota native is currently hitting .283 with 21 home runs and 63 RBIs. He is second in the IL in home runs and RBIs, first in games played (85), first in on-base percentage (.428), fourth in slugging percentage (.569), second in runs scored (52) and first in walks (71). He is the only active IL player with 20 or more home runs. The current IL leader in home runs is former Knights slugger Brad Eldred (24), who is now playing in Japan after beginning the season with Toledo.
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.
Welcome Back: The Knights brought another familiar face back to the team. Just two days after welcoming Shane Lindsay back, the Knights brought back 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.
Relief for a Starter: LHP Scott Olsen started Monday’s game and allowed one run on two hits over two innings in his Knights debut. Olsen last pitched on 6/29 for Bristol in a rehab appearance. He allowed one run on one hit on that day. RHP Matt Zaleski relieved Olsen on Monday and went seven strong innings (100 pitches) allowing just one run on five hits while striking out seven and walking one. It was the longest outing this season for a Knights “reliever.” Zaleski induced eight ground-ball outs