Knights Face the Bulls Tonight in Game Two…

TONIGHT’S PROBABLES
FRI: LHP Pedro Hernandez (0-0, 3.60) vs. DUR RHP Matt Torra (8-6, 4.20)

UPCOMING SERIES PROBABLES:
SAT: RHP Matt Zaleski (3-2, 3.94) vs. DUR LHP Alex Torres (3-4, 6.84)
SUN: TBA vs. DUR RHP RHP Lance Pendleton (4-3, 4.10)

SERIES INFO: Last season, the Bulls went 12-9 against the Knights in the overall series. This season, the Knights have had success against Durham, winning eight of 12 games. Last night, Charlotte notched their 8th win of 2012 against Durham.

9th Knight Promoted to Chicago: Jhan Carlos Marinez, who posted a 2-2 mark with a 3.14 ERA in 26 games this season for the Charlotte Knights, was recalled to Chicago earlier today as announced by the White Sox. Marinez, 23, is now the ninth 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, RHP Brian Omogrosso, and RHP Deunte Heath are the others. A native of the Dominican Republic, Marinez was obtained by the White Sox from the Marlins on September 29, 2011 as part of the compensation for Ozzie Guillen. In 43 innings pitched this season with the Knights, Marinez had 47 strikeouts. Marinez, who entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the seventh-best prospect in the White Sox system, has limited opponents to a .182 (28-154) average, third-lowest among International League relievers this season. Over his last six appearances, Marinez has not allowed a run and has thrown 13 consecutive scoreless innings pitched.

Starting Off On the Right Knote: The Knights started the second half of the season off right and they started right off the bat. They scored five first-inning runs to propel them to the 6-4 win over the Durham Bulls Thursday night. Charlotte won their 51st game and maintained their three-game lead over the Norfolk Tides in the International League South Division.

Taking the Bulls By the Horns: Charlotte is now 8-4 against the Bulls this season and a perfect 5-0 at home. Dallas McPherson has enjoyed particular success against Durham this year. Coming into Thursday night’s game he was hitting .368 against the Bulls this season with two homers and 10 RBI in 10 games, with 10 runs scored and five doubles. McPherson was 2-for-4 Thursday night and laced a first-inning bases-clearing double to left-centerfield to get the hit parade started for the Knights. He then scored on Jeff Baisley’s double. He now has 13 RBI against Durham in 11 games this season. The two hits and three RBI tied single-game season highs for McPherson this season. He has accomplished each four times.

X-Ray: Former Durham Bull Ray Olmedo also has enjoyed hitting against his former club. He was hitting .333 against the Tampa Bay Rays affiliate and went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI Thursday night.

Quite the Catch: Another ex-Ray and ex-Bull Dan Johnson did some nice glove-work Thursday night. The 2010 IL MVP with Durham reached over the rail and into the stands by the first-base dugout in the eighth inning to snag Brandon Allen’s pop-foul for the second out of the inning. In the previous inning, Johnson turned a nifty 3-unassisted-6 double play on Leslie Anderson’s grounder to first to end the inning.

Thirsty for Victory on Thursday: The Knights are now 10-5 on Thursday games. That is their second-favorite day of the week after Saturdays, where they are 11-5.

Quadruple-double: Thursday night, Charlotte added four more doubles to their league-leading total. They now have 181 on the season.

O-M-G That’s 3-Dozen!… …As in Olmedo, McPherson, and Garcia. Each player had his 12th multi-hit game of the season on Thursday night. Garcia had three hits in four at-bats, drove in a run, and scored one. He is now 12-for-23 in his last eight home games with eight RBI. Garcia has had multiple hits in eight of his last nine contests.

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