7/20/13: Knights Face Tides in Game 1 of 2…

SAT: CHA RHP Andre Rienzo (6-6, 4.47) @ NOR RHP Josh Stinson (5-4, 4.10)
7:05 PM, Harbor Park, Norfolk, VA

KNIGHT LIGHTS: The Charlotte Knights entered Friday’s finale at Knights Stadium with the Norfolk Tides on a two-game win-streak. Charlotte looked as if a three-game win-streak was in the cards, as the team went to the eighth inning with a 3-2 lead – thanks to a big go-ahead solo home run from Andy Wilkins in the bottom of the seventh inning off Baltimore starter Tsuyoshi Wada. The Knights, who entered the game with a 38-5 record when leading after seven innings, were unable to hold the one-run lead. Reliever Simon Castro allowed four runs in the eighth inning – including a three-run home run to Zelous Wheeler, and the Knights were saddled with their first loss of the second half, 6-3. Wheeler hit two home runs on the night and led the Tides to their ninth win over the Knights this season.

ALL-TIME SERIES INFO: The Knights and Norfolk Tides will continue play, but will now Andre Rienzo
shift things to Harbor Park in Norfolk, VA after a quick two-game series from Knights Stadium.
The two teams split that series. The Knights hold a 186-181 all-time record against the Norfolk
Tides. So far this season, the Knights have gone just 5-9 against the Tides. At Harbor Park in
Norfolk, the Tides lead the Knights 94-85. All-Time at Knights Stadium, the Knights are 101-87.
Charlotte earned their 100th win at Knights Stadium vs. Norfolk on July 7, 2013.

“SAY HEY” WIL-KINS: 1B Andy Wilkins has enjoyed a very successful 2013 season. After beginning the campaign with Double-A Birmingham and hitting .288 with 10 home runs and 49 RBIs, Wilkins earned his first promotion to Triple-A on June 24. The Oklahoma native quickly made a difference with the Knights. He hit safely in his first eight games and 10 of his first 11 games. He connected on his first career Triple-A home run on June 28. After a bit of a cold streak, Wilkins is once again a terror at the plate. Last night, he jacked his fourth home run over his last three games (a home run in three consecutive games) and extended his hit streak to five games. Over that five-game span, Wilkins is hitting .474 (9-for-19) with four home runs, eight RBIs, and four runs scored. His batting average is up to .271 on the season with Charlotte (it was just .212 on July 10).

REHABBING: White Sox outfielder Dewayne Wise is back with the Charlotte Knights and appeared in his ninth game with the team last night on Major League rehab. Wise started in center field and batted leadoff. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and was also caught stealing. So far in nine games with Charlotte – which initially began on 6/14, Wise is hitting .172 (5-for-29) with a double, triple, and one RBI.

ALL-STEVE: 2013 International League All-Star Steve Tolleson returned to the lineup last night – his first game back since appearing in the Triple-A All-Star Game in Reno, NV on Wednesday (he went 0-for-1 in his only ASG at-bat). Tolleson went 0-1 on the night with two walks and an RBI in last night’s 6-3 loss. It was his 41st RBI of the season – tying him with Josh Phegley for the most on the Knights this season (Phegley is now with the White Sox). The two walks bumped his on-base percentage up to a team-high .386 on the year.

DANKS RANKS: OF Jordan Danks passed Rusty Crockett for second-place all-time in games played on Sunday, July 14th by participating in his 358th game as a Knights player. Danks (359 games played) now sets his sights on Joe Borchard, who holds the top spot in the games played category with 447.  Danks has also moved up in a number of other categories – he’s now first in walks (166), first in triples (12) – on July 7, Danks moved into first place on the all-time three-baggers list with 12. Danks was tied with Ken Ramos, who had all 11 in the 1993 season. The Texas native is now also in sole possession of second on the runs scored list with 192 (1st is Joe Borchard with 237). Danks is also among the Knights all-time career leaders in a number of other categories. He is second in hits (344), second in at-bats (1,297), third in doubles (74), and he is in fourth place in RBIs (160).

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