Time to Grab the BULL By the Horns…
SERIES INFO: The Charlotte Knights and Durham Bulls will begin a two-game series tonight from Durham, NC. The Knights are 11-4 against the Bulls this season and have six of their remaining 14 games left this season against the Bulls. Four of the games will be in Durham, while the two teams conclude the regular season at Knights Stadium on September 3 at 2:15 p.m. Last
season, Charlotte went just 9-12 against the Bulls.
Countdown to 80: The Charlotte Knights earned win #76 (tied for most in the IL with Indianapolis) on Saturday and are now four games away from #80 with 14 games left to play. The only two Triple-A teams with more wins than the Knights are the Sacramento River Cats and the Omaha Storm Chasers of the Pacific Coast League (they have 77). Charlotte and Indianapolis have 76.
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.
Eight is Enough: Sunday’s 5-4 loss to the second-place Norfolk Tides in Norfolk, VA ended Charlotte’s season-high eight-game winning streak. However, during that time the Knights increased their International League South Division lead over the Tides to as much as 11 games (10 currently) and reduced their magic number to clinch the South to five. Charlotte did win the season series against Norfolk 11 games to 10.
Dirty South: The Knights now have two games at the Durham Bulls Monday and Tuesday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. At 13-15, the South Division is the only division Charlotte has a losing road record against this season. With these two games and two more in Durham on August 31st and September 1st, they have a chance add to their win total. The Knights are 33-25 against the South overall and 20-10 at home.
Sergeant Carter: Charlotte reliever Anthony Carter was lights-out in his one inning of work Sunday night. He struck out two and retired the side in order in the seventh inning to stem the Tides and keep the lead at 4-2, allowing the Knights a chance to tie the game in the top of the eighth. Carter only needed 11 pitches in the inning, and eight of them were strikes.
Keepin’ the Streak Alive: Jordan Danks was 1-for-4 Sunday night with a walk to extend his two streaks. He currently has a 29-straight on-base streak and a nine-game hit streak. Danks is hitting .318 for the Knights this season., but during his impressive 29-game on-base streak, Danks is hitting .376 with three home runs and 15 RBIs. He is one behind Ray Olmedo’s streak of 30-straight games. Olmedo, who began the season with Charlotte and is a former Durham Bulls infielder, is currently playing for the White Sox. Teammate Dan Johnson also had an impressive on-base streak, which started last season and went into this season. It began as a member of tonight’s opponent (Durham) and continued through to this season. From 8/12/11 to 4/18/12, Johnson had a 36-game on-base streak.
No BULL: Hector Gimenez played for the Durham Bulls in 2008 and appeared in 43 games for the club that season. The Venezuelan native has success against his former squad this season and is hitting .344 (11-32) with two home runs and six RBIs in nine games against Durham. He has eight runs scored, three doubles and one triple against the Bulls this year. In 2009, as a member of the Indianapolis Indians, Gimenez went just 1-10 against the Bulls. Both of his home runs that he hit for the Bulls in 2008 came in Durham.
Road Warrior: Dan Johnson leads the International League with 27 home runs and most of those have come on the road. In fact, 19 of his 27 bombs this season to be exact! Also, 46 of his 80 RBIs have come while on the road this season as well.