4/13: Knights Host Bulls in Opener

ALL-TIME SERIES INFO: The Charlotte Knights and Durham Bulls will begin their 2013 Charlotte Knights vs Norfolk Tides 4-7-2012 2339
series tonight in game one of a four-game series from Knights Stadium. The Bulls lead the
All-Time series 146-119 and at Knights Stadium they hold a 70-64 record. The two teams will
head to Durham on April 17-18 for a quick two-game set. Durham is 76-55 at the DBAP Park.

2012 SERIES INFOThe Knights played impressive baseball against the Bulls last season —
posting a 10-0 record at Knights Stadium, and an overall record of 15-6. Against the Bulls in
Durham the Knights went 5-6.

LAST GAME RECAP: The Charlotte Knights completed their two-game series with the Gwinnett Braves on Friday with an 8-7 loss. Gwinnett hit three home runs en route to their fifth win of the season against the Charlotte Knights in six games. Gwinnett reliever Cory Rasmus (1-0, 1.50) allowed one unearned run over two innings to earn the victory. Second baseman Tyler Pastornicky went 3-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Ernesto Mejia and Joey Terdoslavich also chipped in with home runs. Brian Omogrosso (0-1, 15.00) allowed five runs on six hits over two innings and was saddled with the loss.

Z-MAN DELIVERSMatt Zaleski enters tonight’s start with 19 wins as a Charlotrte Knights pitcher. His 19 wins are 10 less than the Knights All-Time leader in franchise history – Charlie Haeger. His last start was the 66th of his career with the Knights – second also to Charlie Haeger (73) His eight strikeouts last time out moved him into fifth place on the All-Time list for Knights pitchers. Turn to page 95 of the Knights Media Guide for more on Zaleski’s ranks.

DURANGO MAKES IT EIGHTLuis Durango continued his outstanding play on Friday night for the Knights. Durango, the 2012 IL Stolen Base Champion with 46 bags, went 2-5 on Friday and extended his hit-streak to eight games. He’s currently batting .382 on the season.

BANK ON DANKSJordan Danks is off to a solid start to the 2013 season. Danks is hitting .324 on the year over nine games and has been extra sharp over his last five games. The Texas native is hitting .429 with seven runs scored, two home runs, and three RBIs. His double last night moved him into sole possession of third place on the Knights All-Time career doubles list with 69. Top Two: Joe Borchard (96) and Brian Daubach (85).

DANKS RANKSJordan Danks is currently ranked second All-Time in Knights history in walks with 149. Danks tied Brian Daubach for second on 4/7 in Gwinnett. A night later in Norfolk, he moved passed Daubach. Danks is just seven away from Joe Borcchard’s 156 – which is the top mark in franchise history. Also this season, Danks has moved into third place in Knights career history in runs scored with 171. Top Two: Joe Borchard (237) and Chris Clapinski (189).

SIMON SAYS: Knights starter Simon Castro allowed three runs on six hits over six innings in Friday’s finale. He did not factor in the decision. He went at least six innings in 11 of his 15 starts last season with Birmingham (AA).

LOMAN LEADERBOARD: A night after hitting a game-winning, walk-off home run in the 10th inning, Seth Loman added another hit last night for the Knights (he went 1-5). He is currently fifth in the IL in batting average with a .414 mark. He’s also fifth in slugging percentage (.828) and second in on-base percentage (.564). He is also tied for second place in extra base hits (6). He is hitting .375 (6-16) with six runs scored, two home runs and four RBIs over his last five games played.

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