Knights Open Series in Toledo Thursday…

Knights @ Mud Hens ~ May 2, 2013

ALL-TIME SERIES INFO: The Charlotte Knights will open up their first non-division road IMG_2254
series tonight as they face the Toledo Mud Hens in Toledo, OH for game one of a four-game series. The Knights lead the overall series with the Mud Hens 142-115. Charlotte began play in the International League in 1993 and since then have a solid home and road record against the Mud Hens. At Knights Stadium, the Knights are 75-50 all-time, and at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Charlotte leads 67-65. The Knights have 25 wins over Toledo over the past five seasons – averaging five wins a year against the club for the five-year span. The Knights went 3-5 in 2008, then 6-2 in 2009, 5-3 in 2010 and 2011 and 6-2 against the ‘Hens in 2012.

THREE-HEADER: The Knights completed their third doubleheader of the season on Tuesday and fell to 0-6 this year in twin bills after dropping both games on Tuesday – a day after losing both games on Monday. The Knights lost four games in two days to SWB. Charlotte will face Toledo tonight – both teams have an identical record with an IL low 7 wins and 20 losses.

RAMON ROLLING: RHP Ramon Troncoso has been lights-out since allowing two runs in his first appearance of the season. Troncoso has strung together eight consecutive outings of scoreless ball, totaling nine innings. During those nine innings, he has allowed just three hits and two walks – entering play Thursday with a 0.80 WHIP. The Dominican Republic native is also three-for-three in save opportunities and earned a win on April 11th against Gwinnett.

STREAKS:  The Knights are currently in the midst of a six-game losing streak – the longest of the season. In 2012, Charlotte’s longest losing streak was four games. Toledo also enters the game needing a win, compiling five losses in a row and eight of their last nine.

SEVENTH INNING STRETCH: Six of Charlotte’s seven wins this season have come when they had a lead after the seventh inning. When leading after the seventh frame, the Knights are 6-2. When trailing after the seventh, they are 1-17.

ROAD WARRIORS: Despite Charlotte’s 2-9 record on the road this year, the team has some players performing well away from home. Catcher Josh Phegley is hitting .440 (11-25) on the road over seven games. The Indiana native has five runs scored, three doubles, two home runs and five RBIs on the road this year. Jim Gallagher has enjoyed a solid season for the Knights and has been good for Charlotte on the road this year. Gallagher is hitting .389 (7-18) with one home run, three runs scored and five RBIs in five road games. Luis Durango has a .314 (11-35) batting average over nine road games.

NEXT SERIES: The Knights will play four in Toledo and then make their way over to Columbus to face the Clippers for four at Huntington Park where Charlotte went 2-2 in 2012.

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