Knights Meet the Tides Tonight in Opener…

SATURDAY NIGHT PROBABLES:
CHA RHP Matt Zaleski (4-5, 3.94) @ NOR RHP Zach Petersime (0-0, 0.00)

SERIES INFO: The Knights open a two-game series with the Norfolk Tides from Harbor Park in Norfolk tonight. Charlotte has won three-straight games against the Tides this season and are 10-9 overall this season. The Knights went 13-8 in 2011 against the Tides. This is the final series of the regular season against these two teams and it will prove to be an important series for both teams in their quest to make the playoffs.

Seventh Heaven: Friday night’s 2-0 victory over the Louisville Bats not only swept the four-game series and finished a 7-1 homestand, but it pushed Charlotte’s winning streak to a season-high seven games. It also reduced their magic number to clinch the International League South Division to seven. They will now play two games at the second-place Norfolk Tides with a chance to reduce that number to as low as three. Friday night also completed the Knights’ 7th series sweep of the season. They have not been swept. It was sevens all around as Jordan Danks was 1-4 with his 30th RBI to extend his personal hitting streak to seven games. He is hitting .500 since he came back to Charlotte to start the Louisville series and has reached base in 27-straight games. Charlie Leesman pitched seven shutout innings on Friday, which was the 17th, to help the Knights even their record in series finales at 17-17.

Countdown to 80: The Charlotte Knights earned win #75 (tied for most in the IL with Indianapolis) on Friday and are now five games away from #80 with 17 games left to play. As a Knights franchise, 80 wins have only been accomplished twice (1993, the team went 86-55 with Charlie Manuel and 1999 the team went 82-62 with Tom Spencer). They won the Championship in each of those two seasons.

HOT Summer Knights: Including the 7-1 homestand, the Knights are now 8-2 in their last 10 ballgames. They have especially loved the dog days of August so far, going 12-4 to this point in the month.

Friday the 13th: Friday’s date was the 17th, but it was the 13th for Charlotte as they recorded their 13th shutout victory of the season.

Collision Course: Friday night’s win pushed Charlotte to a season-best 75-53. They are now tied for most wins in the IL with the Indianapolis Indians, who are percentage points better at 75-52. The two teams are headed for a potential match-up in the first round of the playoffs.

Gooooool-son! Greg Golson was 2-3 with a double a walk and a run scored Friday night. He scored the first run of the game in the sixth inning on a Jose Lopez base hit. Golson now has 26 multi-hit games and a four-game hitting streak.

You’ll Get Nothing! Charles Leesman and Brian Omogrosso did not allow Louisville to crack the scoreboard Friday night. Leesman threw seven shutout innings and struck out four to pick up his 11th win of the season. Leesman has a win in three-straight games. Omogrosso only gave up one hit in two innings and struck out three to earn his ninth save of 2012. Omogrosso is 5-5 in save opportunities this month and 9-11 on the season.

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