Knights Knotes — May 1, 2014

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS (10-15, 3rd, 2014) 
@ BUFFALO BISONS (13-10, 2nd, 2014) 
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CHA RHP Tommy Hanson (1-1, 4.00) @ BUF RHP Liam Hendriks (3-0, 1.25)

Thursday, May 1, 2014
Game 28 of 144
Coca-Cola Field ~ 7:05 PM

APRIL SHOWERS…: The Knights had their series finale with the Red Wings from Frontier Field in Rochester, NY on Tuesday postponed (rain). The game was originally scheduled for 11:35 AM. Rochester won two of three games. With that being the final game in Rochester between the two teams this season, the Knights will host a makeup game at BB&T Ballpark during their upcoming series from June 3-6. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 4th (two 7-inning games, 6:05 PM first pitch of game one). It was just their first game postponed on the road this season and second overall (4/18 in Charlotte).

THE LAST KNIGHTS GAME: The Knights have not played a game since Monday. In Monday’s game, Chris Parmelee’s RBI double in the bottom of the third proved to be enough to beat the Knights 1-0 from Frontier Field in Rochester, NY. It was Charlotte’s second-straight one-run loss and the Knights are now 3-4 in one-run games this season. Rochester starter Alex Meyer (1-0, 2.70) earned his first career Triple-A victory after tossing six scoreless innings. Meyer, who is ranked as the third-best prospect in Minnesota’s organization by Baseball America, walked three and struck-out 11.

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Photo by Josh Gilbert.

KNIGHTS STARTER: RHP Tommy Hanson, who was signed by the Chicago White Sox back on April 8 to a Minor League contract, was assigned to Charlotte on April 19 and will make his third start for the Knights this season. Hanson made his 2014 season debut on April 20th against his former team the Gwinnett Braves, pitching 4.0 IP in his first outing this season allowing 4 runs, 3 walks, and 1 strikeout. Hanson’s second outing was a return to his MLB form with 5.0 no-hit innings with 3 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Hanson, 27, has spent the past five seasons in the majors — four of those with Atlanta. The Tulsa, OK born righty was drafted by Atlanta in the 22nd round of the 2005 draft.

MAY THE WINS BE WITH YOU: The month of April is over and the Knights went 10-15 during the first month of the season. Last year, Charlotte went just 7-20. Last year, however, in May, the Knights had their best month of the season – going 16-13. The Knights will kick-off the month of May tonight with RHP Tommy Hanson, who threw five hitless innings in his last outing. The Knights finished the first month tied for fourth in home runs (17).

‘LOS IS MORE: Infielder Carlos Sanchez had one of Charlotte’s three hits in Monday’s game and now has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games dating back to 4/19. In those 10 games, Sanchez is hitting .429 (15-for-35) with 10 runs scored and one RBI. Sanchez has a hit in 17 of his 24 games this season and is hitting .292 on the year (26-for-89). His 26 hits are a team-high this season, as are his 12 runs scored. Sanchez entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the 12th best prospect in Chicago’s organization.


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