Friday — Knights Return Home with Chance for Sweep!

Fort Mill, SC ~ Knights Stadium, 7:15 PM
(Game 3 of Best-of-Five)

FRI: CHA RHP Scott Carroll (2-3, 3.78 w/CHA) vs. IND RHP Phil Irwin (3-0, 2.57)

Charlotte Starter: RHP Scott Carroll made eight starts with the Knights in 2012 and appeared in nine games with Charlotte this season. He posted a 2-3 mark with a 3.78 ERA. The Kansas City, MO native won his final start of the regular season on 8/31 at Durham. He went seven strong innings and allowed just four hits and no runs to earn his second win with Charlotte. Three of his starts were for seven innings and five were of six innings or longer. On 8/9 at Indianapolis. Carroll lost to the Indians after allowing three runs on six hits over 5.2 innings pitched. Before being signed as a free agent by the White Sox, Carroll spent 2012 in the Reds organization and was pitching for Louisville. He posted a 2-3 mark with a 5.90 ERA in 23 games for the Bats. Carroll was originally selected by the Reds in the third round of the 2007 draft.

Indianapolis Starter: RHP Phil Irwin will get the start tonight for the Indians in game three of this best-of-five series. Irwin, a native of Germantown, TN, went 3-0 with a 2.57 ERA in four starts for the Indians this season. After a no decision in his first game, he won his next three starts and allowed just four earned runs over that 17 inning stretch. Irwin made 16 starts for the Double-A Altoona Curve this season and went 4-7 with a 2.93 ERA overall (18 games). He began the season with Single-A Bradenton and made one start for the club. On 5/5 at Tampa, he allowed just one run on two hits over five innings to earn the win. Last season, he went 8-4 with a 3.81 ERA for Altoona and 5-0 with a 2.03 ERA in
10 games for Bradenton.

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 2-0 lead after a 14-13 slugfest win on Thursday in the game two. Both teams battled eight times in the regular season, with the Knights winning five of the eight games. During the regular season, the Knights went 3-1 at Victory Field and overall, went 5-1 with the two playoff wins there. The Knights and Indians split a four-game regular season series at Knights Stadium earlier this season. Overall, last season, the Knights went 3-5 against the Indians.

Double-Digit Runs: Both teams scored in double-digit figures on Thursday and for the Knights, it was the first time they scored in double-digits since August 18 at Norfolk. On that day, the first place Knights beat the Tides 12-3. The 14-run  outburst was the second time this season the Knights scored that many runs – tying their season-high set on 4/16 vs. Durham. The Knights won that game 14-2 and the starting pitcher of that contest was… Charlie Shirek. Shirek earned the win on that day.

4-RUNner: Drew Garcia set a new season-high for runs scored in a game for Charlotte Thursday night with four against Indianapolis. He was 2-4 in the game with a two doubles and a walk. Overall, in 2012, Garcia has 23 multi-hit games and has an IL-best three doubles in the first round series. The Knights had a 2012 high six doubles in the game.

Loman to the Rescue!: Seth Loman was 2-4 with two RBIs, a walk, and a run scored. He is now 5-7 with a home run, three runs scored, and four RBIs in the first two games of the series. Loman hit his first Triple-A home run Wednesday night to put Charlotte up 3-0 in the first inning. He has a hit in all five games with the Knights since being called up on August 30th. Loman was named the Double-A Birmingham Barons’ Player of the Year on Wednesday.

Wire-to-Wire: Despite having their nine-run lead cut to one Thursday night, the Knights never actually trailed in the game. They led 9-0 in the third inning before Indianapolis cut it to 11-8 in the fifth. Charlotte extended the lead to 14-8 in the top of the eighth, only to see the Indians post a five-spot in the home half of the inning to cut the lead to 14-13.

Home Away From Home: Indiana Hoosier Josh Phegley stayed hot with his second homer in as many nights in his home state. It was his eighth overall in 2012 and seventh since August 13th. Six of his home runs have come away from Knights Stadium. Phegley was 2-4 with two runs scored, three RBI, and a walk. He now has five RBI in the first two games of the series. Phegley kept pace with Greg Golson to continue sharing the team-lead among current Knights with 32 multi-hit games in 2012.

Home Sweet Home: The Charlotte Knights return home to Fort Mill tonight for game three of this series and it’s the first playoff game of 2012 at Knights Stadium. For the 2012 season, the Knights posted a 44-28 mark at Knights Stadium this season – winning five more games at the friendly confines of home than on the road (39-33).

A Look at a Possible Opponent: If the Knights win tonight’s game, the club will move on to the finals of the 2012 Governors’ Cup playoffs and will have a chance to win it all. They would face the winner of the Pawtucket/Scranton/Wilkes-Barre series. So far in that series, the PawSox have won both games and have a chance to win the series tonight in Rochester. Pawtucket won game one 7-4 and game two 3-2. Both wins came at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket.

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