Leesman Returns Tonight…
CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS (66-51, 1st, South)
@ INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (71-46, 1st, West)
Indianapolis, IN ~ Victory Field ~ 7:05 PM
(Game 2 of 4-game series)
Game #118 ~ Road Game #64
TUE: CHA LHP Charlie Leesman (8-9, 2.69)
@ IND RHP Daniel Cabrera (5-5, 4.19)
2011 SERIES INFO: The Indians took the season series against the Knights, winning five of eight games. Indianapolis won three of four from the Knights at Victory Field in Indianapolis, while the Knights took two games from the Indians to split the series at Knights Stadium.
2012 SERIES INFO: The Knights and Indians began their 2012 season series on Thursday, June 14 at Knights Stadium and in the battle of two first place teams, the Indians took game one – winning by a score of 5-3. Indianapolis scored all five of their runs off of RHP Dylan Axelrod in the fourth inning of Thursday’s contest. On Friday, the Knights stormed back to win game two and even the series with a 6-1 victory. Charlotte then won game three 5-4 in 11 innings, and the Indians took the finale 2-1 on 6/17. In Monday’s opener in Indianapolis, the Knights took a 3-2 series lead with a 1-0 victory. With Monday night’s 1-0 win, Charlotte is now 16-16 in series openers.
As the Roster Turns: After last night’s 1-0 win over the Indians, catcher Damaso Espino was promoted to Charlotte from Double-A Birmingham. Today he was placed on the DL and tonight’s starting pitcher Charlie Leesman was activated off the DL to take his roster spot. A roster spot for Espino became available yesterday when the Knights placed Tommy Manzella on the DL earlier in the day. Charlotte made five roster moves in all on Monday (activated Dylan Axelrod off DL, placed Daniel Moskos on Temporary Inactive List, and activated Brandon Short and assigned him to Single-A Winston-Salem.
Shutting Them Down and Out: The 1-0 win was also the Knights 11th shutout victory of the year. They have only been shut out five times. Charlotte is now 23-18 in one-run contests.
Reversal of Fortune: The last time Dylan Axelrod faced Indianapolis, on June 14 at Knights Stadium, he gave up five runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-3 loss. Monday night was a completely different situation, as he threw six scoreless innings, while striking out five and only surrendering three hits and two walks.
Gaining a Leg Up: The Knights now hold a 3-2 edge in the season series after splitting a four-game series at Knights Stadium in June. The Indians (71-46), Charlotte’s potential first-round playoff opponent, are the only team in the IL with a better record than the Knights.
No Monday Blues: Charlotte has now evened their record on Mondays for the season to 8-8.
No Senior Discount: The Knights, an affiliate of the American League’s (“Junior Circuit’s”) Chicago White Sox, have not respected their elders this season. Their latest win against the Pittsburgh Pirate-affiliated Indians pushes their season mark to 30-23 against NL affiliates. Charlotte has offered equal treatment, however, as they are 36-28 vs. AL affiliates.
Gross-ing Them OUT: Brian Omogrosso picked up his second save of the current road trip and sixth of the season Monday night by striking out two Indians in the ninth inning. He threw nine of his 12 pitches for strikes. He also earned the save on August 3rd at Louisville.
Timely Hitting: There were not many hits to go around Monday night, but the Knights came up with two huge ones in the eighth inning of a scoreless game. Conversely, Indianapolis was 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left five runners stranded on base. Jared Mitchell doubled with one out and Greg Golson came up with the key hit with two outs to drive him home for the game-winning run. It was Golson’s 40th RBI of a season that has seen him miss about a month due to injury. Charlotte had runners reach base in the inning on a strikeout/throwing error and a hit-by-pitch as well.