Knights Face Bulls in Finale…

SERIES INFO: The Charlotte Knights and Durham Bulls will conclude a two-game series tonight from Durham, NC. The Knights are 12-4 against the Bulls this season and have five of their remaining 13 games left this season against the Bulls. Three 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.

Knight Moves: Jordan Danks earned his second promotion to Chicago this season. 14 different Knights players have been promoted to Chicago this season. Donnie Veal, Dylan Axelrod and Danks have all been recalled on two occasions this year. Danks was recalled today in the midst of a 30-game on-base streak. He takes the place of outfielder Alejando De Aza, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to August 18) by the White Sox.

A native of Austin, TX, Danks was hitting .317 with eight home runs and 30 RBIs in 64 games for the Knights this year. He appeared in 29 games for the White Sox earlier this season and hit .265 with one home run and three RBIs. In his last at-bat for Chicago, back on August 10, Danks hit his first Major League home run – a game-winning solo shot in the bottom of the ninth inning of a 4-3 White Sox victory.

Final 4: Four is Charlotte’s magic number to clinch the International League South Division. With 13 games remaining, the Knights are down to the combination of four wins and/or Norfolk losses that it takes to clinch.

Countdown to 80: The Charlotte Knights earned win #77 (tied for most in the IL with Indianapolis) on Monday and are now just three games away from #80 with 13 games left to play. Only one Triple-A team has more wins than the Knights – the Sacramento River Cats of the Pacific Coast League (they have 78). Charlotte, Indianapolis and the Omaha Storm Chasers have 77. 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.

Taking the Bulls by the Horns: By defeating the Durham Bulls 9-6 Monday night in the first game of the short two-game series, the Knights increased their advantage in the season series to 12-4 with five games remaining. They lowered their magic number to four and have won nine of their last 10 games.

Golden in Close Games: Monday night’s 9-6 victory was Charlotte’s 50th in games that are decided by three runs or less. They are 50-36 in such contests.

I’ll C Your Charlie and Raise You a Charlie: Charlie Shirek got his 11th win Monday night to tie him for the team lead with All-Star Charlie Leesman.

Home Run Derby: If the Knights and Bulls were playing Home Run Derby Monday night, Durham would have won 4-3. It was the most homers for Charlotte in a game this season and the most by an opponent. Three of the Bulls’ long-balls came in the fourth inning, which was also the most the Knights have given up in one inning this season.

Who Says You Can’t Go Home Again…and Again? Josh Phegley had himself a night. He was 2-for-3 with a homer, walk, two RBI, and three runs scored. The three runs scored ties the most for a Knight in a single game this year. Phegley is 5-for-7 with two home runs and five RBI on this road trip. He now leads current Knights with 28 multi-hit games in 2012. Phegley has homered three times in the last week to give him four for the year, but this was the first that did not come against the Norfolk Tides.

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