Knights Go for Second-Straight Win Tonight…
Indianapolis, IN ~ Victory Field, 7:05 PM ~
(Game 2 of Best-of-Five)
THU: CHA RHP Charlie Shirek (11-5, 3.65)
@ IND RHP Gerrit Cole (1-0, 4.50)
SERIES INFO: The Charlotte Knights and Indianapolis Indians will continue their best-of-five first round playoff series tonight as both teams look to take home the Governors’ Cup in 2012. Charlotte took a commanding 1-0 lead after an impressive 8-1 win on Wednesday in the opener.
Both teams battled eight times in the regular season, with the Knights winning five of the eight games. Victory Field in Indianapolis will host games one and two and the Knights went 3-1 there during the regular season. Charlotte went just 1-3 there last year. Overall, last season, the
Knights went 3-5 against the Indians. Charlotte is 43-30 all-time at Victory Field.
Nearly Six Years Later: Charlotte’s last playoff appearance was in 2006 and they were bounced out in the first round by Toledo, who went on to win three games to one. Charlotte’s last playoff win before Wednesday’s 8-1 victory was on September 6, 2006 when they beat the Mud Hens 5-0. RHP Tim Redding was the winning pitcher of the game for the Knights. Toledo went on to win the Governors’ Cup that season.
Eight is Enough: The eight-run outburst in game one was the most runs the Knights scored in a game since August 20 at Durham when they beat the Bulls 9-6.
Lucky # 13: 2012 International League All-Star Charlie Leesman took the ball for the Knights in Game 1 Wednesday night and turned in an ace performance. He pitched into the ninth and only allowed one run on six hits while striking out six and walking one. While it was the first game of the playoffs, it was Leesman’s 13th victory of the season, which leads the club.
Loman to the Rescue: It was quite the Wednesday for Seth Loman. Early in the day, the Birmingham Barons named Loman their 2012 Player of the Year. At night, Loman went 3-3 with a big two-run home run – his first career Triple-A shot and helped lead Charlotte to an 8-1 win. He finished a triple short of the cycle and was also hit-by-a-pitch twice.
Look Who’s Forty! Wednesday night’s 8-1 win over Indianapolis was the 40th road victory of for Charlotte in 2012, against only 33 losses. Overall in 2012, the Knights are now 4-1 at the Indians’ Victory Field and 12-5 as visitors against IL Western Division teams in 2012. The Knights have now taken six of nine against the IL West Champs in the season series.
Opening Act: The Knights improved their record in series openers this year to 24-17. They have now won six consecutive series openers dating back to August 14th when they defeated the Louisville Bats 6-2 at Knights Stadium.
Good Things Come in Threes: Jared Mitchell and Brandon Short each had a triple Wednesday night, the most the Knights have had in one game this season. Mitchell fnished the season as the leader in triples in the Southern League with 12. Short’s three-bagger came with one out in the sixth and scored Trayce Thompson and Carlos Sanchez to put the Knights up 5-1.
Kloess-ing the Door: Charlie Leesman allowed back-to-back singles in the ninth inning and then gave way to reliever Brandon Kloess , who struck out two of the three batters he faced to finish the game. Kloess went 3-0 with a 1.61 ERA during the regular season with Charlotte.
Getting More From Morel: Brent Morel was 2-5 with an RBI-double and a run scored. He started things off right for Charlotte with his first-inning double that scored Drew Garcia and gave the Knights an early 1-0 lead. He then scored on Seth Loman’s two-run homer.
Thirsty Thursdays: The Knights were 13-9 on Thursdays during the regular season.
Offensively AWESOME: As a team, Charlotte is first in batting average with a .359 mark (14-39), runs (8), and hits (14). They are tied for the top spot with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in home runs (2) and tied with Pawtucket for the most walks (3) and stolen bases (1).
Pitching In: Charlotte allowed just one run (1.00 ERA) and the fewest hits (6) on Wednesday.
Hit, Hit Hooray!: Seth Loman and Jared Mitchell each had three hits in game one on Wednesday and are tied with Tony Thomas of Pawtucket for the most hits in the IL Playoffs.
Batting A Thousand: Seth Loman went 3-3 on Wednesday and is hitting a crisp 1.000. Tony Thomas of Pawtucket went 3-4 and is hitting .750 after the one game.
EXTRA, EXTRA!: Seth Loman’s two extra base hits are tied with Andy LaRoche and Tony Thomas of Pawtucket.
Innings Eater: LHP Charlie Leesman is the leader in innings after tossing eight in game one. He’s also tied with former Knight Zach Stewart in wins with one each.