April 29, 2013
ALL-TIME SERIES INFO: The Charlotte Knights and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre first began play in 1993
when the Knights entered the International League for the first time in their history. Before that, the Knights were the Double-A Southern League affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. In 1993 however, the Knights were affiliated with the Cleveland Indians and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was known as the Red Barons – the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. In 2007, the Red Barons became the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees – Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, which they still are today. On November 14, 2012, they became known as the RailRiders. Over the course of the history of the Knights and SWB team, SWB leads the All-Time series with a 102-86 record. At Knights Stadium, SWB is 49-45, while at PNC Field (formerly known as Lackawanna County Stadium), the SWB team is 53-41 against the Knights.
DEJA-VU ALL OVER AGAIN: The Charlotte Knights and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders were set to play the first game of their 2013 series on Saturday, but Mother Nature had other ideas. Saturday’s game was postponed due to inclement weather and was supposed to be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday at 1:15 PM. That didn’t happen as rain washed away Sunday’s doubleheader. In 2009, the Knights had a series scheduled with the Columbus Clippers at Knights Stadium ruined by rain. After playing the opener on June 2 and game two on June 3, the Knights and Clippers were postponed due to rain on June 4. They then had a doubleheader scheduled for June 5, but they only got one game in and had to cancel a game due to more bad weather.
TEKOTTE RETURNS: OF Blake Tekotte was optioned back to the Knights after Sunday’s White Sox game. Tekotte, who appeared in one game with the Knights this season, appeared in three games with the Sox – mostly as a pinch runner. On 4/24 with the Sox, he went 0-2 with a walk and two strikeouts.
THE HEATH IS UP…AGAIN: RHP Deunte Heath became the first Knights pitcher to earn a second promotion to the White Sox in 2013. Heath was promoted back on April 12 and again on Sunday (April 28). He was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA over 9.0 IP this season with Charlotte.
REHABBING: LHP Leyson Septimo began a Major League rehab assignment on Friday with the Charlotte Knights. Septimo, who is recovering from a left shoulder strain, which has kept his sidelined this season, allowed three runs (three-run home run) on one hit and two walks over 0.1 innings pitched. Septimo was ejected from the game after hitting Travis Ishikawa. He threw 18 pitches in all. He is expected to continue his rehab assignment today for the Knights.
TOUCH OF GRAY: On Friday, RHP Jeff Gray continued his solid play at home. Gray allowed just one hit over 0.2 scoreless innings in relief of starter Andre Rienzo on Friday and now has not allowed a run at Knights Stadium this year (5 G). In all, Gray has allowed just four hits and three walks, while fanning seven batters over 6.1 shutout innings at home.