Knights Knotes — May 27, 2014

CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS (16-34, 4th, 2014) (65-78, 3rd South – 2013)

@ COLUMBUS CLIPPERS (23-26, 3rd, 2014) (71-73, 2nd West – 2013)

TODAY’S PROBABLESknights knotes

CHA RHP Erik Johnson (0-1, 4.50)

@ COL RHP Kyle Davies (1-2, 4.07)


Tuesday, May 27, 2014 ~ Game 51 of 144 ~ Huntington Park ~ 6:35


PMTODAY’S GAME: The Knights and Clippers will do battle in game two of their four-game series tonight from Huntington Park in Columbus, OH with first pitch on tap for 6:35 p.m. tonight. The Knights dropped their second-straight game Monday – falling to 0-6 in extra-inning games this year and 5-11 in series openers.

LAST KNIGHTS GAME: Elliot Johnson’s walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th inning gave the Columbus Clippers a 4-3 win over the Charlotte Knights on Monday in the opening game of their four-game series from Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio. The Clippers ripped back-to-back-to back singles in their final inning off reliever Donnie Veal (1-3, 5.56) en route to the win. LHP Charlie Leesman started the game for the Knights and was sharp over six innings. The Cincinnati, OH native gave up two runs (one earned) on just one hit. He struck-out seven batters but did not factor in the decision. Reliever Taylor Thompson threw a scoreless eighth inning out of the bullpen to extend his scoreless innings streak to 9.1 innings. Thompson has not allowed a hit over his last 7.2 innings pitched.

KNIGHTS STARTER: RHP Erik Johnson (0-0, 3.38), who is ranked by Baseball America as the 2nd best prospect in the White Sox system, will make his sixth start in 2014 for the Charlotte Knights tonight in the opening game of the four-game series against the Indians. Johnson is still looking for his first win of the season with Charlotte. Johnson made five starts for the Chicago White Sox this season before being optioned down to Charlotte on April 26. He was 1-1 with a 6.46 ERA for the Sox in five games. He appeared in 23.2 innings with the White Sox and allowed 27 hits, 17 earned runs, 15 walks, while striking out18 batters. Johnson started 10 games for the Knights in 2013 and posted a 4-1 record with a 1.57 ERA over 57.1 IP. The Mountain View, California native averaged close to one strikeout per inning in 2013 totaling 57 Ks with the Knights. The 2013 season was an impressive year all around as Johnson started in Double-A with Birmingham and finished up in Chicago. He was 8-2 with a 2.23 ERA in 14 starts for the Barons.

Sanchez_CarlosHIT MACHINE: Carlos Sanchez continued his solid hitting yesterday and in the process extended his hit streak to 10-straight games. Sanchez, who ripped a season-high four hits on Sunday, ripped three hits in Monday’s game. His 10-game hit-streak started on May 16 and he is batting .372 (16-for-43) with five runs scored, four extra-base hits, one home run, two doubles, one triple, and seven  RBIs since his current streak started. This is his third streak of 5+ games this season (11 games 4/26-5/8 and 6 4/19-4/24). The switch-hitting Sanchez has a hit in 36 of his last 47 games. Sanchez even hit his first career Triple-A home run on Sunday. It was the first home he hit since he launched a home run for Winston-Salem (A+) on May 4, 2012 (751 days since that home run).

ON THE ROAD & ON BASE: With a hit in last night’s game, Jared Mitchell has now reached base in 14-straight road games dating back to April 8, 2014. During that stretch, Mitchell has walked 14 times and has five hits with a .389 on-base percentage. For the season, Mitchell is fifth in the IL in walks with 30 and leads the Knights in both walks and on-base percentage (.382).

“HOME” RUNS: The Knights set a new single-game high in home runs this season with four in Sunday’s 10-6 loss. With the four-home run output that the Knights put up and a home run yesterday from Tyler Saladino, they are now second in the International League with 42 home runs. Only the Toledo Mud Hens have hit more home runs this season (44). The Knights have hit 25 long balls as a team in May, after hitting 17 in the month of April. Charlotte has enjoyed hitting in the friendly confines of BB&T Ballpark — compiling 26 of their 42 home runs at BB&T Ballpark this season.

DANKS RANKS: Jordan Danks passed sluggers Sam Horn, Jeff Inglin, and Mario Valenzuela for sole possession of eighth place on the all-time Knights franchise home run list on May 17 after ripping the 39th home run of his Charlotte Knights career. Danks is now just one away from tying current White Sox slugger and former Knights teammate Dayan Viciedo for seventh all-time. Viciedo hit 40 home runs. Danks is the all-time Knights franchise leader in triples (12), walks (178), and strikeouts (462). He ranks second all-time in the following categories: games played (391), at-bats (1,408), hits (367), and runs scored (206). Danks is third in doubles (79) and fourth on the Knights all-time RBI list with 176. He also has 42 stolen bases – which ties him for 10th on the all-time list.

TY GUY: Tyler Saladino went 3-for-5 with his sixth home run of the season on Monday. He has a hit in six of his last seven games (10 H over that span) and he has five hits over his last two games.

SELL-OUT CROWD #14: The Knights welcomed their 14th sell-out crowd to BB&T Ballpark on Sunday – the team’s final home game in May. A sell-out crowd is 10,200 and BB&T Ballpark hosted 10,213 fans. More than half of their games have been in front of a sell-out crowd (14 of 25 games). The Knights are first in MiLB in average attendance per game with 9,659 per game. Overall, the Knights have welcomed 241,464 fans to the Queen City this season – which is the highest in Minor League Baseball this season. Currently, the Sacramento River Cats are second overall and have drawn 211,896 fans in 27 openings. Last season, Charlotte needed 55 openings to get to 200,000 fans. The Knights welcomed their 200,000th fan through the gates on July 29th of last season. Charlotte lost that game to the Gwinnett Braves by a score of 8-3. At that point, the Knights were averaging 3,686 over 55 games (202,724 fans). The highest attendance in a season for the Knights was in 1993 when they welcomed 429,132 fans through the gates. The Knights are just 44,107 fans away from tying their attendance mark of last season (285,571). 

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