Game 1 of 4: Knights @ Red Wings (5/23/13)

Charlotte Knights (18-29) @ Rochester Red Wings (18-28)
Game 1 of 4-Game Series
GM 1 Starters

CHA RHP Jason Berken (3-3, 3.26)

ROC LHP Andrew Albers (1-2, 2.34)


After an off-day on Wednesday, the Charlotte Knights return to the diamond tonight to take on the Rochester Red Wings from Frontier Field in Rochester, NY. The Knights are coming off of a four-game series split with the Buffalo Bisons and will continue their trek through the Upstate NY region. Charlotte has posted a 96-93 record against the Red Wings all-time. At Frontier Field, the Red Wings hold a 53-40 record over the Knights. Charlotte has been solid at Knights Stadium however, possessing a 56-40 mark over Rochester.

2012 SERIES INFO: Last season, the Knights posted a 1-3 mark at Frontier Field against the Red Wings. Charlotte went 2-2 at home and finished the series 3-5 against the ‘Wings. Dan Johnson enjoyed a solid eight games against the Red Wings last year. Johnson posted a .346 batting average (9-26) with two home runs and six RBIs. Brent Morel went 4-8 (.500) in two games against the ‘Wings and Jordan Danks also was sharp in limited action (hit .429 in four games). Jhan Carlos Marinez, Terry Doyle, and Matt Zaleski each posted a win in the eight-game season series.

Vs. Rochester: Jordan Danks has appeared in 18 games against the Red Wings in his career (2010-12) and has excelled at the plate. Danks has a .375 batting average with one home run, nine doubles, nine RBIs, and 13 runs scored. Brent Morel has faced the Red Wins in both the 2010 and 2012 seasons and has a career batting average of .444 (16-36) with one home run, two doubles, eight runs scored, and six RBIs over 10 games.

LAST TIME OUT: The Buffalo Bisons walked-off with an 8-7 win after an Andy LaRoche game-winning single in the 10th inning of Tuesday’s game from Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY. With the win, the Bisons earned a four-game series split with the Knights. It was Charlotte’s first loss in extra innings this season (four games). 

DANKS RANKS: Jordan Danks walked in the first inning of Sunday’s game and moved into sole possession of first place on the Knights All-Time career list – passing Joe Borchard’s mark of 156. He now has 158 walks. Danks is also among the Knights all-time career leaders in a number of other categories. He is second in hits (327), tied for first in triples (11), third in doubles (70), third in runs scored (183), second in at-bats (1,217), third in games played (340), and fifth in RBIs (151). He needs four more RBIs to move up in that category (he would tie Josh Fields with 155). He needs six more runs scored to move into second place (Chris Clapinski – 189).

REHABBING: Gordon Beckham continued his Major League rehab assignment on Tuesday and went 0-5 with a run and a walk. He started his second-straight game at shortstop. In four rehab games for the Knights, Beckham has six hits in 18 at-bats (.333 batting average). Angel Sanchez, also on Major League rehab, went 3-5 with three RBIs. He has appeared in seven games with the Knights and is hitting .304 with six RBIs.

LEADERBOARD: Josh Phegley is batting .333 on the season – good for fifth place in the IL in that category. He is also third in home runs (10), second in slugging percentage (.651), and fifth in extra-base hits (21). Phegley has a home run every 12.90 at-bats – tops in the IL.

SAVE THE LAST INNING FOR RAMON: RHP Ramon Troncoso continued his solid play in the ninth inning after tossing a scoreless frame on Monday night in a non-save opportunity. In his last appearance, he earned his team-high sixth save of the season on Friday after a scoreless ninth inning. He is now 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA on the season. He has a 0.96 ERA in the ninth inning this year (9.1 IP, 1 ER).

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