Zaleski Goes for Charlotte on April 23…
ALL-TIME SERIES INFO: The Charlotte Knights enter play today with a career mark of 182- 174 against the Norfolk Tides. At Knights Stadium, the Knights hold a 98-82 record, while at Harbor Park — the Tides are 92-84. The two teams kick-off a four-game series from Knights Stadium today. After this series, the South Division foes will not face off again until July 6 in Fort Mill.
2012 SERIES INFO: The Knights edged the Tides in the season series by the slimmest of margins, 11-10. The Knights outscored Norfolk 91-84 in the 21 games, including a .252 to .236 advantage in team average. Charlotte won four of six against Norfolk in August.
2013 SERIES INFO: The Charlotte Knights outscored the Norfolk Tides 29-15 in three games, but still fell in the series two games to one. 21 Knights’ runs came in the first game, which was a 21-4 thrashing of the Tides. The Knights did it with two big innings, scoring seven in the third and eight in the ninth. Every starter scored and drove in at least one run led by Jim Gallagher, who had four hits including a home run, drove in four, and scored three times. The Tides stole the second game away from the Knights, after Charlotte entered the 8th inning with a 4-0 lead. A Yamaico Navarro single scored Danny Valencia for the winning run in the 5-4 game. The Tides earned the series win in the third game with another late rally, scoring three in the seventh to win 6-4. Charlotte starting pitchers combined to allow just three runs in 17.0 innings, with Matt Zaleski earning the win in the first game. Four Knights’ players recorded five-plus hits in the three-game set with Steve Tolleson contributing five RBI as well.
STREAKING: Seth Loman extended his on-base streak to 17 games with a walk and another hit-by-pitch in Monday’s game at Gwinnett. He trails G-Braves’ Ernesto Mejia by one game for the league-high this season. Loman is now tied for the International League lead in walks (14) with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s Zoilo Almonte. The lefty also leads the league in HBP with 10, including three in his last two games. Only once this season has he failed to hit or walk in a game, extending his streak on a hit-by-pitch April 14th vs. Durham.
MORE STREAKING: In addition to Loman’s impressive start, the Knights have a few other players who putting together impressive numbers. Josh Phegley extended his hitting streak on the road to 11 games, with a 3-for-4 effort last night. It is currently the second-longest streak away from home, trailing Syracuse’s Eury Perez. Lars Anderson pushed his on-base to 12 with a very Loman-like hit-by-pitch. Anderson started his run (seven games) with Pawtucket in 2012 before reaching base in every game with the Knights (five).
Z-MAN ADDS ON: RHP Matt Zaleski added to his All-Time Knights career marks on Thursday, April 18 in Durham. Zaleski made his 68th start as a Knight – second only to Charlie Haeger’s 73. He added to his innings pitched total as well. Zaleski now has 391.1 innings pitched as a Knight – also second to Haeger (495.2). He moved into sole possession of fourth place in walks with 140. He is currently tied for ninth in wins (19). Haeger leads the category with 29 wins.