Knights at Bisons – May 19, 2013
CHA RHP Zach Stewart (2-4, 3.81) @ BUF RHP Todd Redmond (0-0, 0.00)
ALL-TIME SERIES INFO: The Charlotte Knights will continue their eight-game
road trip through the Upstate New York region and play game two of a four-game series with the Buffalo Bisons today at 1:05 p.m. from Coca-Field in Buffalo, NY. Charlotte leads the all-time series against the Bisons with a 66-55 mark. At Coca-Cola Field, the Knights are 32-29 all-time. They are 34-26 against the Bisons in Fort Mill. The Knights enjoyed a solid 2012 campaign against the Bisons – especially in Buffalo. They went 4-0 in Buffalo and 6-2 in the eight-game overall series.
2012 SERIES INFO: The Knights dominated the Bisons in Buffalo and split a series at home. As a team, Charlotte hit .270 with 10 home runs and 47 RBIs over the eight-game stretch in 2012. Hector Gimenez led the Knights with three home runs, while Dan Johnson and Dallas McPherson had two each. The Knights had a 3.21 ERA in 2012. Simon Castro, who is scheduled to start on Tuesday, won his only start against the Bisons last season.
LAST NIGHT OUT: Bryan Anderson launched two home runs, Jordan Danks and Carlos Sanchez each had two hits, and the Charlotte Knights beat the Buffalo Bisons 11-6 on Saturday at Coca-Cola Field. The win was Charlotte’s third in-a-row. Both of Anderson’s home runs were two-run shots giving him four RBIs on the night. His last two home run game (the only other one of his career) came on August 5, 2012 as a member of the Memphis Redbirds. He had five RBIs in that game. Sanchez had his seventh multi-hit game of the season.
REHABBING: LHP John Danks continued his Major League Rehab assignment and started for the Knights on Saturday. Danks, who is recovering from left shoulder surgery, made his third rehab start with Charlotte this season. He allowed two hits and two earned runs (three runs) over 4.2 innings. He walked four and struck-out five and threw 95 pitches, 51 for strikes. Gordon Beckham and Angel Sanchez were also on Major League Rehab assignments from Chicago. In his first rehab appearance of the season, Beckham went 2-4 with three runs scored and a walk. Sanchez, who was in his fourth appearance with the Knights this season, went 1-3 with two runs scored, one RBI, and one walk.
DANKS RANKS: Jordan Danks moved into first place on the Knights All-Time career list in walks last night – tying Joe Borchard. Danks and Borchard each have 156 walks. Danks is also among the Knights all-time career leaders in a number of other categories. He is second in hits (322), tied for first in triples (11), third in doubles (70), third in runs scored (178), second in at-bats (1,206), third in games played (337), and fifth in RBIs (148). He needs seven more RBIs to move up in that category (he would tie Josh Fields with 155).
MORE MOREL: Brent Morel enters today’s game with a 16-straight game on-base streak. Morel went 1-4 with a run scored in Friday’s game. He did not play in yesterday’s game.
SAVE THE LAST INNING FOR RAMON: RHP Ramon Troncoso earned his team-high sixth save of the season on Friday after another scoreless ninth inning. He is now 1-1 with a 1.59 ERA on the season. He has a 1.08 ERA in the ninth inning this year (8.1, 1 ER). Right-handers are hitting just .146 against him.
PHEGLEY IS ON PHIRE: Josh Phegley had a day off on Saturday and his backup Bryan Anderson put on a show with two home runs. Phegley is batting .347 on the season – good for fifth place in the IL in that category. He is also second in home runs (10), first in slugging percentage (.686), and fifth in extra-base hits (20). Phegley has a home run every 11.80 at-bats. The Indiana native currently has a six-game hit-streak and has 11 hits over that span. He is hitting .426 in road games this season (20-47).