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Knights Knotes: Knights @ Bulls – April 10, 2016

KNIGHT LIGHTS: The Charlotte Knights (Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox) knights knotesconclude their opening series of the 2016 season tonight with the finale of their four-game series at 5:05 p.m. from Durham, NC against the Durham Bulls (Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays). The Knights dropped the opening game of the series – and of the season – on Thursday by a score of 7-3, but charged back against the Bulls with an 8-6 win on Friday in game two. Last night, the Bulls came-from-behind to take game three by a score of 3-2. The Knights will look for a series split with a win in tonight’s game. The Knights then hit the road and head to Norfolk, VA to open a three-game series against the Tides. Opening Knight in Uptown Charlotte is set for Thursday, April 14th.

ABOUT LAST KNIGHT: Charlotte RHP Phillippe Aumont (0-1, 18.00) uncorked three wild pitches in the eighth inning, which helped lead the Durham Bulls to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Charlotte Knights on Saturday night from Durham, NC. The Knights went to the eighth up by a score of 2-1 courtesy of solo home runs from Hector Sanchez and Jacob May, but the Bulls charged back to earn their second win in as many days. Charlotte RHP Chris Beck started and fanned seven over five innings, but did not factor in the decision.

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU: OF Jacob May launched his first career Triple-A home run last night – a solo home run – which gave the Knights a 2-1 lead over the Bulls in game three. May entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the fifth-best prospect in Chicago’s system. May was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 3rd round of the 2013 draft. He hit .275 with 37 stolen bases last season for Double-A Birmingham.

#400: C Hector Sanchez launched a solo home run last night, his first since August 20, 2015 while playing for Triple-A Sacramento. The hit was the 400th of his minor league career, which has spanned 10 seasons (including 2016), even though he is only 26 years old (signed by Giants as 16-year-old in 2007). Sanchez was signed by the White Sox as a free agent on December 22, 2015.

COATS OF ARMOR: OF Jason Coats had a three-hit night on Friday and added a single in last night’s game to extend his hit streak to nine consecutive games dating back to 9/2/15. He has reached base in 13 straight games dating back to 8/29/15. Over that span, Coats is hitting .351 (13-for-37) with four doubles and four RBIs. Coats, who had 81 RBIs last season with the Knights, is in his fourth professional season since being drafted by the White Sox in the 29th round of the 2012 draft. He has compiled at least 80 RBIs in each of his first three campaigns. He entered this season ranked by MLB.com as the number 17 prospect in the Chicago White Sox system.

TODAY’S PROBABLES: Turner_Jacob
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RHP Jacob Turner (1-1, 2.00 w/TEN, 2015)
@ DUR RHP Austin Pruitt (10-7, 3.09 w/MTG, 2015)

Knights Starter: RHP Jacob Turner makes his Charlotte Knights debut tonight in the finale of the four-game series. Turner, who was claimed off waivers from the Chicago Cubs on October 27, 2015, made just two rehab starts last season for Double-A Tennessee due to inflammation in his right shoulder. Turner went 1-1 with a 2.00 ERA in those two starts last year. Turner has appeared in parts of six major league seasons since being drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the first round of the 2009 draft. In 2011, he became the youngest Detroit pitcher to make a start at Comerica Park (20 years, 69 days old). He made a career high 20 starts with the Marlins in 2013 and posted a 3-8 record with a 3.74 ERA (118.0 IP). He went 4-7 with a 5.97 ERA in 20 games (12 starts) with the Marlins in 2014.

Bulls Starter: RHP Austin Pruitt will get the ball in tonight’s four-game series finale for the Durham Bulls. Tonight’s start will be his first at the Triple-A level for the 26-year-old right-hander. Pruitt, a native of Plano, TX, posted a 10-7 record with a 3.09 ERA in 26 games last season with Double-A Montgomery. He led Montgomery in wins, losses, complete games (2), shutouts (1), innings pitched (160.0), runs (60), and double plays (13). He was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 9th round of the 2013 draft. Among some of his accomplishments in 2013, Pruitt was named to the 2013 All-Conference USA Second Team, the 2013 ABCA South Central All-Region Second Team, the 2013 All-Silver Glove Series Team, a 2013 Semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award for Breakout Player of the Year. He led the University of Houston pitching staff in wins (10), ERA (2.55), games started (15), innings pitched (113.2) and strikeouts (92).

LOS IS MORE: 2B Carlos Sanchez, who returned to the Knights for his fifth season with the club on Thursday (2012-pres.), launched his first home run of the season on Friday and continued with a single on Saturday. Sanchez has hit safely in all three games so far this season. Just 23 years old, Sanchez is ranked among some of the Charlotte Knights all-time franchise leaders in a number of categories. Sanchez is now fourth in hits (291), fifth in at-bats (1,052), and 11th in runs scored (134). He is just nine games (265) away from 10th place in games (Matt Davidson has 274 for 10th place) and is in a tie for fifth place with eight triples.

Knights Knotes: Knights @ Bulls – April 9, 2016

knights knotesKNIGHT LIGHTS: The Charlotte Knights (Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox) continue the 2016 regular season tonight with game three of their four-game series at 5:05 p.m. from Durham, NC against the Durham Bulls (Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays). The Knights dropped the opening game of the series – and of the season – on Friday by a score of 7-3, but charged back against the Bulls with an 8-6 win last night in game two. The two teams will play two more games in this series, before meeting again on Thursday, April 14th — the team’s third Opening Knight in Uptown Charlotte – at BB&T Ballpark in the start of a four-game set.

ABOUT LAST KNIGHT: Matt Davidson’s first inning home run set the tone, and Travis Ishikawa, Jason Coats, and Carlos Sanchez chipped in to help lead the Knights to an 8-6 win last night. The win was Charlotte’s first of the year and first against the Bulls since September 3, 2015 at BB&T Ballpark (11-7). RHP Erik Johnson, the reigning IL Most Valuable Pitcher, allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings and did not factor in the decision.davidson_military_web

WELCOME MATT: After a spring in which he hit .419 with five home runs, Matt Davidson started strong on Friday. In just his first at-bat of the game — and just his fifth of the season — the slugger launched his 44th career Knights home run to give the Knights an early 1-0 lead. Davidson finished the game 1-for-4 at the plate with the home run and two runs scored. Last season, the California native led the IL with 23 home runs. Last night’s home run was the 124th of his minor league career. He has recorded at least 20 home runs in each of the last five seasons. He also led the IL in games (141) and finished second in the IL in at-bats (528), and second in walks (62). Defensively, Davidson led all IL third baseman in fielding percentage (.971), as well as all IL third baseman in assists (281), and tied for first in double plays (24) with Syracuse third baseman Jason Martinson. Davidson was named by Baseball America as the Best Defensive 3B in the International League in 2015. Davidson is ninth in Knights franchise history in home runs (43), 10th in at-bats (1,010), and 10th in games (272). He is now just four at-bats away from moving into a tie for ninth place with Chris Clapinski. He is just one home run away from tying Josh Fields for eighth place and three way from tying Josh Phegley for seventh place.

TONIGHT’S STARTING PITCHERS:
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@ DUR RHP Jamie Schultz (9-5, 3.67 w/MTG, 2015)

Chris BeckKNIGHTS STARTING PITCHER: RHP Chris Beck gets the nod tonight for the Knights — his fourth career start against the Durham Bulls. Beck, who was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the second round of the 2012 draft, went 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in two starts against the Bulls last year (10.0 IP). Before that, he beat the Bulls in his first career start against the club back on 7/29 at BB&T Ballpark (5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5 SO). It was just his second career Triple-a start and first career Triple-A win. Overall in three games against the Bulls, Beck is 1-1 with a 2.40 ERA (15.0 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 14 SO). Beck made his Major League debut last season with Chicago in game two of a doubleheader against Baltimore (L, 6.0 IP, 10 H, 5, R, 4 ER, 3 SO). Beck is a product of Georgia Southern University.

BULLS STARTING PITCHER: RHP Jamie Schultz gets the nod in game three of the four-game series tonight from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, NC. Schultz, a native of Albany, NY, was a 14th round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2013 draft out of High Point University (High Point, NC). Last season, the 24-year-old righty compiled a 9-5 record with a 3.67 ERA in 27 games for Double-A Montgomery. He struck-out 168 batters in 135.0 IP and was a Mid-Season Southern League All-Star. This will be his first career Triple-A start tonight.

CHARLOTTE’S WEBB: RHP Daniel Webb earned his first win of the season last night after allowing one run on three hits over two innings of work out of the bullpen. The Paducah, KY native went 2-1 with a 3.81 ERA last season in 18 games with the Knights. The 2016 season is his third with Charlotte. He was 1-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 21 games with the club in 2014.

GETTING ISHI WIT IT
: 1B Travis Ishikawa ripped four hits last night with the Knights and finished the game 4-for-5 with two runs scored, one double, and one RBI. The 32-year-old last had a four-hit game on April 18, 2011 when he was a member of the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies. Ishikawa was signed by the Chicago White Sox as a free agent on February 9. He last played for the Knights in 2013 – appearing in 34 games for the club during their final season at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, SC.

LOS IS MORE: 2B Carlos Sanchez, who returned to the Knights for his fifth season with the club on Thursday (2012-pres.), launched his first home run of the season last night. Sanchez went 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Just 23 years old, Sanchez is ranked among some of the Charlotte Knights all-time franchise leaders in a number of categories. Sanchez is now fourth in hits (290), fifth in at-bats (1,048), and 11th in runs scored (134). He is also just nine games away from 10th place in games (Matt Davidson has 273 for 10th place) and is in a tie for fifth place with eight triples.

COATS OF ARMOR: OF Jason Coats added a three-hit night last evening in Durham. Coats, who had 81 RBIs last season with the Knights, also led the way in that department last night as he drove in three runs. The TCU standout, who is in his fourth professional season since being drafted by the White Sox in the 29th round of the 2012 draft, has compiled at least 80 RBIs in each of his first three campaigns. He entered this season ranked by MLB.com as the number 17 prospect in the Chicago White Sox system.Jason Coats_Charlotte Knights 2015

OPENING DAY ROSTER ANNOUNCED: The Charlotte Knights Opening Day roster was officially announced on Thursday and features 12 players who have worn a Knights jersey previously (11 from last season). Those players are Chris Beck, Scott Carroll, Erik Johnson, Terance Marin, Blake Smith, Daniel Webb, and position players Jason Coats, Matt Davidson, Leury Garcia, Carlos Sanchez, and Kevan Smith. 1B Travis Ishikawa appeared in 34 games with the Knights in 2013.

NEW MANAGER FOR 2016: Julio Vinas began his first season at the helm of the Knights – and first as a Triple-A manager – on Thursday. Last night, Charlotte’s skipper earned his first career Triple-A victory – and the 277th of his managerial career. Vinas, a native of Miami, FL is now in his sixth overall season as a manager in Chicago’s system. He spent the last three years as manager of Birmingham and guided the club to a SL Championship in 2013.

Knights in the 2015 MLB Postseason: Addison Reed

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Addison Reed was acquired by the Mets from the Diamondbacks on August 30, 2015.

Former Charlotte Knights right-handed pitcher Addison Reed is currently a member of the New York Mets, who will play the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS. The Mets went 90-72 to win the National League East Division this season. They finished seven games ahead of second place Washington.

Reed has proven to be a solid member of New York’s bullpen since he was acquired by the club on August 30, 2015 from Arizona in exchange for two minor league pitchers (Miller Diaz & Matt Koch). The former Knights hurler posted a 1-1 record with a 1.17 ERA down the stretch for the Mets this year (17 games).

A native of Montclair, CA, Reed was originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft. The 6’4″, 230-pound reliever quickly made his way through Chicago’s system. He made his professional debut in 2010 with Great Falls (Rookie League) and went 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 13 games with the Voyagers.

In 2011, Reed’s rise through the system was quick. He began the year with Single-A Kannapolis and posted a 1.12 ERA in four games. Next, it was on to High-A Winston-Salem, where Reed went 2-0 with a 2.54 ERA in 15 games. He continued to jump classifications, going to Double-A Birmingham next, where he compiled a 0-1 record with a minuscule 0.87 ERA in 13 games. Was he done there? Not even close.

Reed was promoted to Triple-A in late July and was sharp as a member of Charlotte’s bullpen. He struck-out four batters in two innings for his Triple-A debut on July 26 at Knights Stadium in Fort Mill, SC. Reed_Addison

Appearing in 11 games with Charlotte that year, the San Diego State University product posted a 1.27 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 21.1 innings. It was his final test before a promotion to Chicago was in the cards.

On September 4, 2011, Reed made his major league debut with the White Sox against the Detroit Tigers (1.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 SO). On that day, his journey through the system that season came full circle. After beginning in Kannapolis, and continuing through Winston-Salem, Birmingham, and Charlotte, Reed was now a member of the White Sox at the young age of 22. He finished the season with a 0-0 record and a 3.68 ERA in six games with Chicago.

Overall in 43 games (combined between four teams) at the minor league level in 2011, Reed went 2-1 with a 1.26 ERA. He fanned a whopping 111 batters in 78.1 innings pitched.

Reed spent the next two seasons (2012-13) with the South Siders, saving 29 games in 2012 and a career-high 40 in 2013. On December 16, 2013, things changed for Reed. On that day, the Los Osos High School product was traded to the Diamondbacks for 3B Matt Davidson, who spent the past two seasons with the Knights (2014-15).

With the D’Backs, Reed went just 1-7 with a 4.25 ERA in 2014 (59.1 IP), his first of two seasons with the organization. Still, the talented righty saved 32 games for Arizona in his first season and struck-out 69 batters over that span. In 2015, he was back in Arizona’s bullpen and went 2-2 with a 4.20 ERA with three saves in 38 games (40.2 IP). He also spent time in Triple-A Reno, where he went 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA in 11 games. With the 2015 season winding down and the Mets looking for bullpen help, the two teams worked out a trade to bring Reed to the Big Apple. Once he got there, he shined.

Reed played a key role in New York’s bullpen in September. He compiled a 1.17 ERA in 17 games and was a big part of the team’s success down the stretch. As a late-inning reliever, Reed was exactly what the Mets were looking for to help bridge the gap to closer Jeurys Familia.

Now, the 26-year-old reliever will look to continue his impact into the 2015 MLB Postseason. Reed is sure to see some action throughout the series against the Dodgers. Stay tuned…

Spotlight On: Matt Davidson

Throughout the offseason, I’ll have a weekly blog highlighting one of Charlotte’s players from the 2015 campaign. The Knights finished at 74-70 in the International League South Division, which was tied for third with the Durham Bulls. On-the-field and at-the-gates, the 2015 season was a successful one in Uptown Charlotte.

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Photo credit: Buren Foster

3B Matt Davidson finished the 2015 campaign as the IL leader in home runs with 23. His league-leading shot came on Friday, September 4 at BB&T Ballpark where he hit 18 of his 23 long balls in 2015.

For his career, Davidson has recorded at least 20 home runs in each of the last five seasons.

Originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1st round of the 2009 draft, Davidson has compiled 123 home runs at the minor league level over parts of seven seasons. The Yucaipa, CA native was traded to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for reliever Addison Reed on December 16, 2013.

While the 2015 season saw Davidson lead the IL in home runs, the talented third baseman also finished at or near the top in a number of other categories in 2015.

Davidson led the IL in games played (141) and finished second in the IL in at-bats (528), as well as second in walks (62). His 141 games played in 2015 are now the second most in a single season by a Knights player. Only Tim Hummel and Bry Nelson appeared in more games in a single season with the Knights (142). Davidson’s 528 at-bats now rank as the sixth most at-bats for a Knights player in a single-season.

In two seasons with the Knights, Davidson has compiled 43 home runs, which puts him in ninth place in franchise history. He is also now 10th in at-bats (1,006), and 10th in games played (271). His 129 RBIs in two seasons rank 11th in franchise history.

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Defensively, Davidson also shined at the hot corner for the Knights in 2015. He led all IL third baseman in fielding percentage (.971), as well as all IL third baseman in assists (281). He also finished the season tied for first in double plays (24) with Syracuse third baseman Jason Martinson.

He was a 2015 International League All-Star and also represented the Knights in the Triple-A All-Star Game Home Run Derby.

For his efforts throughout the year, Davidson was named by Baseball America as the Best Defensive 3B in the International League.

Knights Knotes — August 22, 2015

KNIGHT LIGHTS: The Charlotte Knights (Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox) will continue their seven-game homestand from BB&T Ballpark today with game three of their four-game series against the Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates) at 12:05 p.m. from BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. The two teams split the doubleheader yesterday and the Knights are now 38-26 at home this season. Charlotte enters today’s game in third place – 6.5 games behind the first place Norfolk Tides (Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) in the IL South Division. The Knights are also 6.0 games out of the IL Wild Card race behind Columbus – tied for third with Rochester. The two teams are behind Gwinnett, who is in second in the IL Card Race. The G-Braves are 3.5 games back. knights knotes

LAST KNIGHTS GAME(S): The Charlotte Knights split a doubleheader against the Indianapolis Indians last night from BB&T Ballpark, dropping the first game of the twin bill, 5-1, and winning the second game of the night, 7-2. Indians starter Vance Worley pitched a complete game in the first game for the win (9 SO), Daniel Webb earned the win in game two.

KNIGHTS STARTING PITCHER: RHP Kyle Drabek (7-7, 3.27) will make his 21st start of the season tonight. He has limited opposing batters to a .233 batting average this season – fifth lowest in the IL among starters. The former Phillies farmhand was designated for assignment by the Chicago White Sox (April 20) and officially outrighted to Charlotte on April 22. He made his Knights debut on April 24 at Norfolk — his first start in Triple-A since August 31, 2014 when he made his final appearance of the season with Buffalo at Syracuse (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB). In three games with the White Sox this year, the Texas native posted a 5.06 ERA (5.1 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO). He was claimed by Chicago on March 27, 2015 off waivers from Toronto. Last season with the Bisons, Drabek appeared in 32 games and started 13 – posting a 7-7 mark with a 4.18 ERA (99.0 IP, 116 H, 57 R, 46 ER, 30 BB, 68 SO). In six Major League seasons, Drabek owns a career mark of 8-15 with a 5.27 ERA in 42 games (30 starts). He won a career-best 14 games with Double-A New Hampshire in 2010. That season, he went 14-9 with an impressive 2.94 ERA in 27 games (all starts). He earned 2010 Eastern League Pitcher of the Year honors for his efforts and was also a mid-season and postseason EL All-Star as well as a MiLB.com Organization All-Star. He is the son of 1990 NL Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek, who won 155 games in the majors.
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CHARLOTTE’S WEBB: Chicago White Sox RHP Daniel Webb began a major league rehab assignment with the Charlotte Knights last night and earned the win in game two of the twin bill after tossing a scoreless innings. Webb, who is currently on Chicago’s 15-day disabled list with a back strain, began the 2015 season with the Charlotte Knights and after last night’s win is now 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in 16 games (25.2 IP) with Charlotte. In 17 games with the White Sox this season, Webb is 1-0 with a 2.49 ERA (21.2 IP).

JACK & DAYAN: 1B/OF Dayan Viciedo jacked his third home run of the season with the Knights last night in game two of the twin bill (2nd inning off A.J. Morris). The home run was the 43rd of his Knights career, which is good for eighth most in franchise history. He is now one away from tying Josh Fields (44) for seventh all-time and three away from tying Josh Phegley (46) for sixth – and four away from fifth behind Jeff Liefer (47).

FRANCHISE HISTORY: Charlotte Knights infielder Drew Garcia, who is in his fourth season with the Knights, recently totaled his 1,000 career Knights at-bat (August 14) and now has 1,014 for his Knights career – which is tied for seventh with Chris Clapinski. Last night he played in his 293rd Knights game — passing Josh Phegley for seventh on the all-time Knights games played list. He also tied Chris Clapinski and Joe Borchard last night for eighth all-time in doubles with 62.

WHO’S HOT: Outfielder Tyler Colvin is hitting .292 (7-for-24) with three RBIs over his last 10 games… Catcher Rob Brantly launched his third home run of the season on Monday with the Knights in what was just his 14th game with the club since being promoted from Double-A Birmingham. Brantly, who is a member of Chicago’s 40-man roster, is now hitting .309 (17-for-55) with 10 runs scored and 12 RBIs in 15 games. He has recorded at least two hits in six of his 15 games and has three games of three hits… 1B/OF Dayan Viciedo is hitting .324 (12-for-37) with five runs scored, two home runs, and five RBIs over his last 10 games… Since July 1, 1B/OF Matt Tuiasosopo leads the IL in home runs with 12 and has 31 RBIs over that span, which is the fifth highest in the IL over that span.

BIRTHDAY BOY: RHP Terance Marin (3-2, 2.47) started game two of the doubleheader yesterday on his birthday and allowed two runs over four innings. As a starter this season, the 26-year-old is 3-1 with a 2.22 ERA (eight starts). Yesterday’s start was his first since July 25th.

IL LEADER IN OFFENSE & DEFENSE: 3B Matt Davidson is second behind Durham’s J.P. Arencibia (21) in the IL in home runs with 20 this season. Davidson has recorded at least 20 home runs in each of the last five seasons. He is second in the IL in games played (124), third in the IL in at-bats (467), and tied for fourth in walks (55). Defensively, Davidson has also had a terrific year. He leads all International League third baseman in fielding percentage (.974), as well as all IL third baseman in assists (248) and second in double plays (21). He was named by Baseball America as the Best Defensive 3B in the International League.

IL LEADERBOARD: 1B/OF Matt Tuiasosopo is third in the IL in slugging percentage (.464), and is second in the IL in best home run/at-bat ratio (1/18.88)… Infielder/outfielder Leury Garcia is batting .297 (93-for-313) this season in 81 games, good for tied for sixth in the IL in 2015. He is also currently third in the IL this season in stolen bases with 29… Catcher Kevan Smith leads all IL catchers in games (82)… OF Jason Coats is fourth in the IL in RBIs (74).

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PITCHER’S TRIPLE CROWN WATCH: RHP Erik Johnson (10-8, 2.38) lowered his ERA to an International League best 2.38 on the season on Tuesday and is tied for second in the league in wins with 10. He leads the IL in strikeouts with (129) and in WHIP (1.11). Opponents are hitting just .217 against him (second lowest as a starting pitcher in the IL).

HOME RUN KNIGHTS: The Knights currently lead the IL in long balls with 117 – 10 more than second place Durham (107). The Knights as a team have hit 80 of their 117 home runs this season at BB&T Ballpark. Last year, the Knights hit 105 of their 176 home runs at BB&T Ballpark. The Knights have the most homers at their home ballpark in all of Triple-A in 2015.

SELL-OUT CROWDS: With a crowd of 10,574 fans last night for the doubleheader, the Knights have welcomed 29 sell-out crowds to BB&T Ballpark during the 2015 regular season and 31 overall this year (White Sox game and USA Game). The ballpark led Minor League Baseball in attendance last season and the Knights are once against leading MiLB in 2015 with 595,255 through 63 games. The Knights are also leading MiLB n average per game this year with a mark of 9,448.

KNIGHTS HISTORY: RHP Erik Johnson moved up the ranks in Knights franchise history on Tuesday. His victory was his 19th as a member of the Knights, which is good for 10th all-time. He also moved into a tie for seventh all-time in strikeouts (249) and 10th all-time in games started (51)… 3B Matt Davidson hit his 40th Charlotte Knights home run on Monday (10th all-time)… Joel Skinner is the winningest manager in franchise history with 277 wins.

Knights Knotes — August 21, 2015

KNIGHT LIGHTS: The Charlotte Knights (Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox) will play a doubleheader tonight after last night’s opener of their seven-game homestand from BB&T Ballpark was postponed due to rain. Tonight, game one will start at 6:05 p.m. and there will be two seven-inning games against the Indianapolis Indians (Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates). knights knotesCharlotte concluded their five-game road trip on Tuesday with a 3-1 win over the Columbus Clippers in the finale of their two-game series. The Knights and Clippers split the two-game series and the Knights went 2-3 on the road trip to improve to 28-35 on the road this year. Charlotte enters tonight’s game in third place – 7.0 games behind the first place Norfolk Tides (Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) in the IL South Division. The Knights are also 5.5 games out of the IL Wild Card race behind Columbus.

KNIGHTS GAME 1 STARTING PITCHER: RHP Hector Noesi (1-3, 4.05) will make his seventh start of the season with the Knights tonight and appear in his eighth game with the team overall. Noesi began the season with the White Sox and posted a 0-4 record with a 6.89 ERA for Chicago in 10 games.

Photo credit: Laura Wolff

Photo credit: Laura Wolff

He was outrighted off Chicago’s roster on June 26 and assigned to Charlotte on June 28. Just a few days later (July 2), Noesi was placed on Charlotte’s Temporary Inactive List. He was activated off the Temporary Inactive List and made his Charlotte debut on July 11 in Norfolk out of the team’s bullpen. He allowed two hits over two shutout innings, while striking out three batters. Originally signed by the New York Yankees as a free agent on December 3, 2004, Noesi owns a career major league record of 12-31 with a 5.30 ERA in 107 games (53 starts) over parts of five big league seasons. The White Sox claimed Noesi off waivers from the Texas Rangers on April 25, 2014. He went 8-11 with a 4.39 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) for Chicago last year. Tonight’s start will be his first-ever career start against the Indians.

KNIGHTS GAME 2 STARTING PITCHER: RHP Terance Marin (3-2, 2.64) will make his eighth start of 2015 (first since July 25 at Gwinnett) and appear in his 16th overall game with the Knights in 2015. Marin, who is celebrating his 26th birthday today, did not allow a run over his first five games (29.0 IP) and had a 31.0 consecutive scoreless innings streak snapped in the third inning of his July 5th start. Still, the Modesto, CA native tossed 8.2 innings to earn his third win of the season that day. His career with the Knights began on Friday, June 5, 2015 when he was assigned to the Knights after he was on loan to the Toros de Tijuana of the Mexican League earlier this year. He posted a 2-5 record with a 4.94 ERA in 10 games (nine starts) in 47.1 innings pitched for the Toros. Other notable names on that Toros team with Marin this season were Jose Contreras, Miguel Olivo, and Yuniesky Betancourt. Before returning this season, Marin last pitched in Chicago’s organization last season – going 4-3 with a 4.24 ERA in 14 games (70.0 IP) for the Winston-Salem Dash. He also spent time last season with Double-A Birmingham and was 0-2 with a 5.11 ERA in two games (12.1 IP). Marin, who was originally signed by the White Sox as a free agent on July 12, 2010, was released by the organization last year. He then signed with the Frontier League’s Evansville Otters, made six starts, and then was re-signed by the White Sox on June 19, 2014. Marin went undrafted out of Modesto Junior College.

REHABBING: Chicago White Sox RHP Daniel Webb, who is currently on Chicago’s 15-day disabled list with a back strain, will begin a major league rehab assignment with the Charlotte Knights tonight. Webb, 26, began the 2015 season with the Charlotte Knights and posted a 1-1 record with a 4.01 ERA in 15 games (24.2 IP). In 17 games with the White Sox this season, Webb is 1-0 with a 2.49 ERA (21.2 IP). The Paducah, Kentucky native spent the entire 2014 season with the Chicago White Sox and posted a 6-5 record with a 3.99 ERA in 57 games.

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Photo credit: Buren Foster

DOUBLEHEADERS: The Knights will play their second doubleheader of the season at BB&T Ballpark –first non-day/night doubleheader this season in Uptown Charlotte. The Knights played three doubleheaders on the road and are 2-6 overall in doubleheaders this season.

WHO’S HOT: Outfielder Tyler Colvin is hitting .357 (5-for-14) with three RBIs over his last five games… Catcher Rob Brantly launched his third home run of the season on Monday with the Knights in what was just his 14th game with the club since being promoted from Double-A Birmingham. Brantly, who is a member of Chicago’s 40-man roster, is now hitting .321 (17-for-53) with 10 runs scored and 12 RBIs. He has recorded at least two hits in six of his 14 games and has three games of three hits… 1B/OF Dayan Viciedo is hitting .389 (7-for-18) with three runs scored, one home run, and two RBIs over his last five games.

SINCE JULY 1: 1B/OF Matt Tuiasosopo leads the IL in home runs with 12 and has 31 RBIs over that span, which is the fifth highest in the IL over that span… Outfielder Jason Coats has hit eight home runs over that stretch, which is tied for fourth. He is also tied for fifth with Tuiasosopo over that span in RBIs (31). Coats also has 53 hits (tied for fifth).

IL LEADER IN OFFENSE & DEFENSE: 3B Matt Davidson is second behind Durham’s J.P. Arencibia (21) in the IL in home runs with 20 this season. Davidson has recorded at least 20 home runs in each of the last five seasons. He is second in the IL in games played (122), fourth in the IL in at-bats (460), and tied for fourth in walks (55). Defensively, Davidson has also had a terrific year. He leads all International League third baseman in fielding percentage (.973), as well as all IL third baseman in assists (241) and second in double plays (21). He was named by Baseball America as the Best Defensive 3B in the International League.

IL LEADERBOARD: 1B/OF Matt Tuiasosopo is third in the IL in slugging percentage (.473), and is second in the IL in best home run/at-bat ratio (1/18.50)… Infielder/outfielder Leury Garcia is batting .293 (90-for-307) this season in 79 games, good for tied for ninth in the IL in 2015. He is also currently third in the IL this season in stolen bases with 29… Catcher Kevan Smith leads all IL catchers in games (80)… OF Jason Coats is fourth in the IL in RBIs (74).

MOUND WARRIOR: RHP Erik Johnson (10-8, 2.38) lowered his ERA to an International League best 2.38 on the season and also moved into a tie for second in the league in wins with 10 on Tuesday. He also increased his IL-leading total of strikeouts (129) and is also second in the IL in WHIP (1.11) and opponents are hitting just .217 against him (second lowest).

HOME RUN KNIGHTS: The Knights currently lead the IL in long balls with 116 – 11 more than second place Durham (105). The Knights as a team have hit 79 of their 115 home runs this season at BB&T Ballpark. Last year, the Knights hit 105 of their 176 home runs at BB&T Ballpark. The Knights have the most homers at their home ballpark in all of Triple-A in 2015.

HOME SWEET HOME: In almost two seasons as BB&T Ballpark, the Knights are 72-62 overall and have welcomed over 1.2 million (1,272,396) fans. The ballpark led Minor League Baseball in attendance last season and the Knights are leading in average per game this year (9,430). Charlotte is second behind Indianapolis in 2015 overall, however Indianapolis has played two more home games (Charlotte has welcomed 584,681 to Indy’s 593,731).

Photo credit: Erik Johnson

Photo credit: Erik Johnson

KNIGHTS HISTORY: RHP Erik Johnson moved up the ranks in Knights franchise history on Tuesday. His commanding victory was his 19th as a member of the Knights, which is good for 10th all-time. He also moved into a tie for seventh all-time in strikeouts (249) and 10th all-time in games started (51)… 1B/OF Dayan Viciedo is eighth on the Knights franchise list for homers (42). He moved into a three-way tie for 10th place on the franchise list for RBIs (130)… 3B Matt Davidson hit his 40th Charlotte Knights home run on Monday (10th all-time)… Joel Skinner is the winningest manager in franchise history with 276 wins.

Knights Knotes — August 18, 2015

KNIGHT LIGHTS: The Charlotte Knights (Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox) will conclude their five-game road trip through Ohio tonight and play game two of their two-game series against the Columbus Clippers (Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians) at 7:05 p.m. from Huntington Park in Columbus, OH. The Knights concluded their three-game series against the Toledo Mud Hens (Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) from Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH with a 6-1 loss on Sunday and dropped last night’s opener to the Clippers 10-6. The Knights are 27-35 on the road this year and 1-3 on the current road trip. Charlotte enters tonight’s game in third place — eight games behind the first place Norfolk Tides (Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) in the IL South Division. The Knights are 5.5 games out of the IL Wild Card race behind Columbus. The Knights will have a scheduled off day tomorrow, and then open a seven-game homestand on Thursday at BB&T Ballpark. knights knotes

LAST KNIGHTS GAME: 3B Matt Davidson launched his 20th home run of the season, but the Columbus Clippers beat the Charlotte Knights by a score of 10-6 on Monday in the opening game of their three-game series from Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio. Charlotte RHP Scott Carroll (5-4, 3.80) allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits over five innings.

KNIGHTS STARTING PITCHER: RHP Erik Johnson (9-8, 2.45) will make his 21st start of the 2015 season and appear in his 22nd game today. Johnson currently leads the IL in strikeouts (123), is averaging an IL best 9.42 strikeouts per nine innings, third lowest WHIP (1.15), third in wins (9), and is second in the IL in ERA (2.45). From 6/10-7/28 (7 games), Johnson allowed just one earned run (44.0 IP).

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Photo credit: Buren Foster

He has already racked up an IL Pitcher of the Week nod this season (week of June 15-21) after going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two starts (14.0 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 20 SO). He went 3-1 with a 1.03 ERA in five June starts and went 1-1 with a 0.00 ERA in three July starts. Johnson became just the fourth Knights pitcher in franchise history to get the Triple-A All-Star Game starting nod joining Julian Tavarez (1994), Charlie Haeger (2006), and Carlos Torres (2010). He tossed two scoreless innings at the 2015 Triple-A All-Star Game at Werner Park in Omaha, Nebraska earlier this month. He made his 2015 debut on April 13 in relief against Durham and earned the win after three scoreless innings. The 25-year-old right-handed pitcher entered the 2014 season ranked by Baseball America as the 2nd best prospect in the White Sox system.

JOHNSON VS. COLUMBUS: Johnson has made three starts against the Clippers in his career and he is 0-2 with a 13.14 ERA (12.1 IP, 21 H, 19 R, 18 ER, 9 SO). This season, Johnson has gone 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA in two starts against the Clippers (8.1 IP, 13 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 9 SO).

HOME RUN MATT: 3B Matt Davidson tied Durham’s J.P. Arencibia for the IL lead in home runs last night with his 20th of the season and the 120th of his minor league career. The home run was also his 40th with the Knights over two seasons, which ranks 10th all-time on the Knights franchise list for homers. Davidson has recorded at least 20 home runs in each of the last five seasons. He is tied for first in the IL in games played (121), third in the IL in at-bats (456), and tied for third in walks (55). Defensively, Davidson has also had a terrific year. He leads all International League third baseman in fielding percentage (.973), as well as all IL third baseman in assists (239) and second in double plays (21). He was named by Baseball America as the Best Defensive 3B in the International League.

HOME RUN KNIGHTS: The Knights currently lead the IL in long balls with 115 – 16 more than second place Durham (99). Matt Davidson, Leury Garcia, and Rob Brantly all homered in last night’s game. The Knights as a team have hit 79 of their 115 home runs this season at BB&T Ballpark. Last year, the Knights hit 105 of their 176 home runs at BB&T Ballpark. The Knights have hit the most homes at their home ballpark in all of Triple-A in 2015.

Photo credit: Laura Wolff

Photo credit: Laura Wolff

BAKER’S DOZEN: Catcher Rob Brantly launched his third home run of the season last night with the Knights in his 13th game with the club since being promoted from Double-A Birmingham. Brantly, who is a member of Chicago’s 40-man roster, is now hitting .340 (17-for-50) with 10 runs scored and 11 RBIs. He has recorded at least two hits in six of his 13 games and has three games of three hits.

HIT PARADE: Leury Garcia had two hits last night including his second home run of the season and is now batting .297 (90-for-303) this season in 78 games, good for sixth highest in the IL in 2015. He is also currently third in the IL this season in stolen bases with 29.

2015 IL LEADERBOARD: OF Jason Coats recorded his team-high 73rd RBI of the season on Sunday which is now third in the IL this season. Coats is seven RBIs away from recording at least 80 RBIs in three consecutive seasons. He was drafted in 2012 by Chicago (29th round). Coats has 30 RBIs since July 1st, which is the fifth highest total over that span. Teammate Matt Tuiasosopo has 31 RBIs over that span (fourth highest). Coats also has seven home runs over that span, which is fifth highest. Tuiasosopo has 12, which is the most. OF/1B Matt Tuiasosopo is tied for second in the IL in slugging percentage (.478), and is second in the IL in best home run/at-bat ratio (1/18.31)… Catcher Kevan Smith leads all IL catchers in games (79)… International League opponents are hitting .233 against RHP Kyle Drabek (7-7, 3.27), the third lowest mark in the IL this season among qualifying starters.

ATTENDANCE: BB&T Ballpark, which was named the Best Ballpark in Minor League Baseball by Baseball America, has welcomed 584,681 this year (62 games) – which is second to Indianapolis, who has welcomed 586,088 in more openings that the Knights (63 games). The Knights are averaging 9,430 fans per game –the highest in MiLB in 2015. The Knights led the minors in attendance in 2014 – their first at BB&T Ballpark – with a mark of 687,715 fans (71 openings).

Knights Knotes — August 17, 2015

KNIGHT LIGHTS: The Charlotte Knights (Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox) will continue their five-game road trip through Ohio and open a two-game series against the Columbus Clippers (Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians) tonight at 7:05 p.m. from Huntington Park in Columbus, OH. Last night, the Knights concluded their three-game series against the Toledo Mud Hens (Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) from Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH with a 6-1 loss. The Knights dropped two of three from the Mud Hens. The Knights are 27-34 on the road this year. Charlotte enters tonight’s game in third place — seven games behind the first place Norfolk Tides (Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) in the IL South Division. The Knights are 4.5 games out of the IL Wild Card race behind Columbus. The Knights have just 10 home games left during the 2015 regular season. knights knotes

LAST KNIGHTS GAME: RHP Luis Cessa (1-1, 6.61) allowed just one run over five innings, Dixon Machado and Steven Moya had three hits apiece, and the Toledo Mud Hens beat the Charlotte Knights by a score of 6-1 on Sunday in the finale of the three-game series from Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH.

KNIGHTS STARTING PITCHER: Charlotte RHP Scott Carroll (5-3, 3.38 ERA) will make his 13th start of the 2015 season with the Knights tonight and first against Columbus in 2015. Carroll has been promoted to the White Sox on three occasions this season and is 1-1 with a 3.41 ERA in 13 games for Chicago (29.0 IP). Since coming back to the Knights, Carroll has won two of his last three starts. He began the 2015 season with the Knights and started three games for the club before his contract was purchased by the White Sox on April 26. He posted a 1-1 record with a 3.12 ERA in eight games for the White Sox before being optioned down to the Knights on May 28. He returned to the Knights and won back-to-back starts (5/31 & 6/6) – both at BB&T Ballpark. He was also recalled to Chicago on June 18 and August 1.

Photo credit: Laura Wolff

Photo credit: Laura Wolff

Last season with the Knights in four starts, he won IL Pitcher of the Week honors before earning a promotion to Chicago. He entered his final 2014 start with the Knights without having allowed an earned run in 19.0 innings pitched. Carroll had his contract purchased by the White Sox on April 27 and made his Major League debut that day in a start against Tampa Bay (W, 7.1 IP, 2 R, 1 ER). It was the longest outing by a White Sox pitcher making his Major League debut since Gerry Janeski on April 10, 1970 (also 7.1 IP). Carroll spent part of the 2013 season recovering from Tommy John surgery and appeared in just 11 starts between Bristol and Birmingham.

CARROLL VS. COLUMBUS: Carroll has not faced the Clippers in his Knights career (25 games), but did face the Clippers a number of times as a member of the Louisville Bats (2011-12). His last appearances against Columbus came on April 15, 2012. His last appearance at Huntington Park came on April 6, 2012. In his career against the Clippers, Carroll is 2-1, 4.55 ERA (7 G, 4 GS, 29.2 IP, 35 H, 15 R, 15 ER, 14 SO).

COATS OF ARMOR: OF Jason Coats recorded his team-high 73rd RBI of the season last night which is tied for second in the IL this season. Coats is seven RBIs away from recording at least 80 RBIs in three consecutive seasons. He was drafted in 2012 by Chicago (29th round). Coats has 30 RBIs since July 1st, which is the fourth highest total over that span. Teammate Matt Tuiasosopo has 31 RBIs over that span (third highest). Coats also has seven home runs over that span, which is fifth highest. Tuiasosopo has 12, which is the most.

KNIGHTS ANNOUNCE 2016 SCHEDULE: Earlier today, the Knights announced the 2016 schedule, which features the 2016 Triple-A All-Star Game, which will be played on Wednesday, July 13th at BB&T Ballpark. The game will be televised to a national audience on the MLB Network. The Knights open next season on the road in Durham and Norfolk (April 7-13) and open their 72-game home slate on Thursday, April 14 with a nine-game homestand.

2015 IL LEADERBOARD (BATTERS): 3B Matt Davidson played in his 250th career Knights game last night. He is currently second in the IL in home runs with 19, one behind Durham’s J.P. Arencibia (20). He is tied for second in the IL in games played (120), third in the IL in at-bats with 452, and tied for fourth in walks (54). Defensively, Davidson leads all International League third baseman in fielding percentage (.973), as well as all IL third baseman in assists (235) and second in double plays (19). He was named by Baseball America as the Best Defensive 3B in the International League… OF/1B Matt Tuiasosopo leads the IL in slugging percentage (.483), and is second in the IL in best home run/at-bat ratio (1/18.13)… Catcher Kevan Smith leads all IL catchers in games (79).

Photo credit: Laura Wolff

Photo credit: Laura Wolff

2015 IL LEADERBOARD (PITCHERS): RHP Erik Johnson (9-8, 2.45) struck-out eight batters over six scoreless innings on Friday to earn his ninth win of the season. Johnson is the leader in strikeouts in the International League with 123 and is second in the IL in ERA with a 2.45 mark. His nine wins are currently tied for third and he leads the IL in the highest strikeouts per nine innings ratio (9.42). His 1.15 WHIP ranks second in the IL and opponents are hitting just .223 against him (second lowest in the IL this season). Earlier this season, Johnson became just the fourth Knights pitcher in franchise history to start the Triple-A All-Star Game. He joined Julian Tavarez (1994), Charlie Haeger (2006), and Carlos Torres (2010)… International League opponents are hitting .233 against RHP Kyle Drabek (7-7, 3.27), the third lowest mark in the IL this season among qualifying starters.

ATTENDANCE LEADERS: BB&T Ballpark, which was named the Best Ballpark in Minor League Baseball by Baseball America, has welcomed 584,681 this year (62 games) – the most in Minor League Baseball this season. The Knights are averaging 9,430 fans per game – also the highest in MiLB in 2015. The Knights led the minors in attendance in 2014 – their first at BB&T Ballpark – with a mark of 687,715 fans (71 openings).

FRANCHISE HISTORY: Infielder Drew Garcia is in his fourth season with the Knights and the California native is moving up in a number of offensive categories in Knights franchise history. Garcia recently totaled his 1,000 career Knights at-bat (August 14) and now has 1,006 for his Knights career, which is eighth on the all-time at-bats list in franchise history (eight behind Chris Clapinski in seventh). Garcia is also in eighth place on the Knights all-time games played list (290) — just two games away from tying Josh Phegley for seventh (292). Garcia is also in sole possession of 10th place in Knights franchise history with 61 doubles (passed Casey Rogowski). He’s one away from tying Chris Clapinski and Joe Borchard (62)… Dayan Viciedo is in sole possession of eighth place on the Knights franchise list for home runs (42). He moved into a three-way tie for 10th place on the franchise list for RBIs (130).

HOME RUN KNIGHTS
: The Knights were the first IL team this season to go over the 100-home run plateau. The Knights currently lead the IL in long balls with 112 – 14 more than second place Durham (98). The Knights as a team have hit 79 of their 112 home runs this season at BB&T Ballpark. Last year, the Knights hit 105 of their 176 home runs at BB&T Ballpark. The Knights have hit the most homes at their home ballpark in all of Triple-A in 2015.

FIELD STAFF: Saturday’s win was the 275th for Charlotte Knights manager Joel Skinner, who is already the all-time winningest manager in franchise history. He was recently named by Baseball America as the Best Manager Prospect in the International League by Baseball America. Skinner recorded his 250th career Knights victory on June 20… Trainer Scott Johnson was recently named IL Trainer of Year by PBATS (Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society). He also won it in 2001 & 2002.

Knights Knotes — August 16, 2015

KNIGHT LIGHTS: The Charlotte Knights (Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox) will conclude their three-game series against the Toledo Mud Hens (Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) at 6:00 p.m. tonight from Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH. The two teams have split the first two games of the series and the Knights will look for the series win tonight with a win. The Knights are 27-33 on the road this year. Charlotte enters tonight’s game in third place — seven games behind the first place Norfolk Tides (Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) in the IL South Division. The Knights are 3.5 games out of the IL Wild Card race behind Columbus, who they will play a quick two-game series against in Columbus starting on Monday. The Knights have just 10 home games left during the 2015 regular season. knights knotes

LAST KNIGHTS GAME: The Charlotte Knights beat the Toledo Mud Hens last night by a score of 9-6 in the middle game of their three-game series. Charlotte used 10 hits and a solid outing from RHP Kyle Drabek (7-7, 3.27) to beat the ‘Hens. Dayan Viciedo had a terrific day at the plate, reaching base five times, including a solo home run in the ninth.

KNIGHTS STARTING PITCHER: RHP Brad Penny (6-6, 3.93) will make his 20th start of the season tonight in the finale against the Mud Hens from Toledo, OH. After winning four-straight decisions from 5/9-7/21, Penny lost three consecutive starts (7/26-8/6). The 14-year Major League veteran however was sharp in his last outing, tossing seven shutout innings in a win over the Gwinnett Braves at BB&T Ballpark on August 11.

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Photo credit: Buren Foster

Overall in July, Penny went 2-2 with a 3.32 ERA in the month (6 games). He began the month of July by tossing a complete game, nine-inning, masterpiece at BB&T Ballpark on July 3rd (game two of day-night doubleheader) – the first 9-inning complete game tossed by a Knights pitcher in BB&T Ballpark history. He was signed by the Chicago White Sox as a free agent on December 16, 2014 and was assigned to the Charlotte Knights at the start of the 2015 season. The 37-year-old right-hander is a two-time NL All-Star (2006 & 2007). He started the 2006 game.

PENNY vs. TOLEDO: He has faced the Mud Hens twice this season and is 1-1 with a 1.80 ERA (10.0 IP, 11 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO). He last faced the club on May 9 at Toledo and earned the win after six innings (W, 6.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO).

CAREER KNIGHT: Charlotte slugger Dayan Viciedo reached base five times last night going 3-for-3 with two runs scored, two RBIs, a solo home run, and two walks. The home run was his 42nd with the Knights, which is good for sole possession of eighth place on the franchise list for home runs. He moved into a three-way tie for 10th place on the franchise list for RBIs (130).

275 WINS FOR SKINS: Last night’s win was the 275th for Charlotte Knights manager Joel Skinner, who is already the all-time winningest manager in franchise history. He was recently named by Baseball America as the Best Manager Prospect in the International League by Baseball America. Skinner recorded his 250th career Knights victory on June 20.

ROSTER MOVE
: White Sox OF J.B. Shuck completed his rehab assignment and was reinstated by Chicago today. Shuck went 1-for-10 in three games with Charlotte (8/13-8/15).

Photo credit: Laura Wolff

Photo credit: Laura Wolff

FRANCHISE HISTORY: Infielder Drew Garcia is in his fourth season with the Knights and the California native is moving up in a number of offensive categories in Knights franchise history. Garcia totaled his 1,000 career Knights at-bat on Friday and now has 1,003 for his Knights career, which is eighth on the all-time at-bats list in franchise history. He is also in eighth place on the Knights all-time games played list (289) — just three games away from tying Josh Phegley for seventh (292). Garcia is also in sole possession of 10th place in Knights franchise history with 61 doubles (passed Casey Rogowski). He’s one away from tying Chris Clapinski and Joe Borchard (62).

2015 IL LEADERBOARD: 3B Matt Davidson is second in the IL in home runs with 19, one behind Durham’s J.P. Arencibia (20). He is tied for second in the IL in games played (119), third in the IL in at-bats with 448, and tied for fourth in walks (54). Defensively, Davidson leads all International League third baseman in fielding percentage (.972), as well as all IL third baseman in assists (232) and second in double plays (19). He was named by Baseball America as the Best Defensive 3B in the International League… OF/1B Matt Tuiasosopo is second in the IL in slugging percentage (.483), and second in best home run/at-bat ratio (1/18.13)… Catcher Kevan Smith leads all IL catchers in games (79).

SINCE JULY 1: Outfielder Jason Coats is hitting .299 with seven home runs and 29 RBIs since July 1 (41 games). Over that stretch, Coats has 50 hits, which is tied for the third most in that frame and his 29 RBIs are the fifth highest over that stretch… Matt Tuiasosopo has the third highest RBI total over that span (31), and the most home runs over that stretch (12) in 36 games played. For Tuiasosopo, he also has 81 total bases, which rank fifth. Coats has 82 (4th).

HOME RUN KNIGHTS: The Knights were the first IL team this season to go over the 100-home run plateau. The Knights currently lead the IL in long balls with 112 – 14 more than second place Durham (98). The Knights as a team have hit 79 of their 112 home runs this season at BB&T Ballpark. Last year, the Knights hit 105 of their 176 home runs at BB&T Ballpark. The Knights have hit the most home runs at their home ballpark in all of Triple-A.

ATTENDANCE LEADERS: BB&T Ballpark, which was named the Best Ballpark in Minor League Baseball by Baseball America, has welcomed 584,681 this year (62 games) – the most in Minor League Baseball this season. The Knights are averaging 9,430 fans per game – also the highest in MiLB in 2015. The Knights led the minors in attendance in 2014 – their first at BB&T Ballpark – with a mark of 687,715 fans (71 openings).

THAT’S ERIK WITH A “K”: Charlotte RHP Erik Johnson (9-8, 2.45) struck-out eight batters over six scoreless innings on Friday to earn his ninth win of the season. Johnson is the leader in strikeouts in the International League with 123 and is second in the IL in ERA with a 2.45 mark. His nine wins are currently tied for third and he leads the IL in the highest strikeouts per nine innings ratio (9.42). His 1.15 WHIP is ranks third in the IL. Earlier this season, Johnson became just the fourth Knights pitcher in franchise history to start the Triple-A All-Star Game. He joined Julian Tavarez (1994), Charlie Haeger (2006), and Carlos Torres (2010).

TRAINER OF THE YEAR: Trainer Scott Johnson was recently named IL Trainer of Year by PBATS (Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society). He also won it in 2001 & 2002.

COATS OF ARMOR: OF Jason Coats recorded his team-high 72nd RBI of the season on Friday which is tied for third in the IL this season. Coats is eight RBIs away from recording at least 80 RBIs in three consecutive seasons. He was drafted in 2012 by Chicago (29th round).

Knights Knotes — August 9, 2015

KNIGHT LIGHTS: The Charlotte Knights (Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox) will continue their season-long 10-game homestand tonight and play the finale of a three-game series against the Rochester Red Wings (Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins) at 5:05 p.m. tonight from BB&T Ballpark. knights knotesAfter a loss to the Red Wings last night, the Knights are now 2-3 on the homestand and 35-22 overall this season at home (26-32 on the road). Tonight’s game is the rubber game of the three-game set and the Knights will go for their first series win since winning three of four against Durham, (7/20-7/23). The Knights enter today’s game six games back of the first place Norfolk Tides (Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) in the IL South Division and a game back of the second place Gwinnett Braves (Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves). The Knights open a four-game series against the G-Braves tomorrow. The Knights are 2.5 games out of the IL Wild Card race behind Columbus.

LAST KNIGHTS GAME: Oswaldo Arcia homered, Jose Berrios tossed seven shutout innings, and the Rochester Red Wings evened up the three-game series with a 3-0 win over the Knights on Saturday in front of a sold-out crowd of 10,427 fans at BB&T Ballpark. RHP Erik Johnson (8-8, 2.58) allowed three runs over 6.2 innings and was saddled with the loss.

KNIGHTS STARTING PITCHER: RHP Hector Noesi (1-1, 2.67) will make his fifth start of the season with the Knights tonight and appear in his sixth game with the team overall. Noesi began the season with the White Sox and posted a 0-4 record with a 6.89 ERA for Chicago in 10 games. He was outrighted off Chicago’s roster on June 26 and assigned to Charlotte on June 28. Just a few days later (July 2), Noesi was placed on Charlotte’s Temporary Inactive List. He was activated off the Temporary Inactive List and made his Charlotte debut on July 11 in Norfolk out of the team’s bullpen. He allowed two hits over two shutout innings, while striking out three batters. Since then, Noesi has started four games and is 1-1 with a 2.88 ERA in those three starts (25.0 IP, 13 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 8 BB, 22 SO). Noesi fanned a season-high nine batters 7/29 @ LOU) over seven innings of work and has 16 strikeouts over his last two starts (13.0 IP). Originally signed by the New York Yankees as a free agent on December 3, 2004, Noesi owns a career major league record of 12-31 with a 5.30 ERA in 107 games (53 starts) over parts of five big league seasons. The White Sox claimed Noesi off waivers from the Texas Rangers on April 25, 2014. He went 8-11 with a 4.39 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) for Chicago last year.

LAST TIME VS. ROCHESTER: Noesi last faced the Rochester Red Wings in Rochester, NY on April 9, 2011 as a member of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. He started the game and allowed three runs (two earned) on nine hits over five innings and did not factor in the decision. That was his only appearance in his career against Rochester.

FRANCHISE HISTORY: Infielder Drew Garcia moved into a tie for eighth place on the Knights all-time games played last night by playing in his 282nd career Knights game – tying Josh Fields. Back for his fourth season with the Knights in 2015, Garcia is also now just 10 games away from tying Josh Phegley for seventh (292). He is also inching closer to another mark as he now has 983 career Knights at-bats – 15 away from a 10th place tie with Rusty Crockett… Charlotte manager Joel Skinner – the winningest manager in Knights franchise history – has compiled 272 career wins with the Knights over four seasons.

10 STRAIGHT FOR TANK: OF Dayan Viciedo has hit safely in all seven games with the Knights and 10-straight (three w/Nashville) since being acquired last week (signed by Chicago and assigned to Charlotte on 8/1). Viciedo, who hit .254 with 66 home runs and 211 RBIs over parts of five seasons with the Chicago White Sox from 2010 to 2014, mashed 20 home runs in back-to-back seasons for the Knights from 2010-11. He was named to the All-Knights Stadium Team in 2013. He is eighth all-time in Knights history in homers (41) – tied with Joe Crede.

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2015 IL LEADERBOARD: 3B Matt Davidson is third in the IL in home runs with 17. Davidson, who was a 2015 International League All-Star, is also tied for third in walks (51), fourth in at-bats (423), and tied for first in games (112)… OF Jason Coats is second in the IL in RBIs (69)… RHP Erik Johnson (8-8, 2.58) is first in the IL In strikeouts (115), third in ERA (2.58), and tied for third in WHIP (1.16). Johnson has the highest strikeouts per nine innings in the IL (9.44)… RHP Kyle Drabek (6-6, 2.74) has the fourth lowest ERA in the IL, he is also tied for third in WHIP (1.16), and tied for third in batting average against (.225)… LHP Jarrett Casey (9-2, 4.11) is in a four-way third place tie in the IL in wins with nine.

HOME RUN KNIGHTS: The Knights went over the 100-home run plateau of the season on Tuesday with two home runs – the first team in the IL to do so this season and are leading the IL in long balls with 106. The Knights as a team have hit 74 of their 106 home runs this season at BB&T Ballpark. Last year, the Knights hit 105 of their 176 home runs at BB&T Ballpark. The Knights have hit the most home runs at their home ballpark in all of Triple-A Baseball this season (Round Rock is second with 70).

RETURN TO MAYBERRY: 1B/OF John Mayberry Jr. recorded his first and second hits as a member of the Charlotte Knights last night. Mayberry Jr., who was signed by the Chicago White Sox and assigned to the Knights on Friday, has compiled 115 home runs over parts of nine minor league seasons. Mayberry hit .164 in 59 games for the New York Mets this season.

D-E-F-E-N-S-E: 3B Matt Davidson leads IL third baseman in fielding percentage (.971), as well as all IL third baseman in assists (221) and tied for first double plays (18) … Catcher Kevan Smith leads all IL catchers in games (75), is second in total chances (575), second in putouts (520) and second in assists (48),… As a team, the Knights are tied for fifth in fielding percentage in the IL (.981) and are first in the IL in assists (1248) and fourth in putouts (3057).

THREE FOR TUIA: 1B/OF Matt Tuiasosopo had the first three-homer game of his career on Friday and became just the eighth Knights player to achieve that feat (first since Dan Black on May 29, 2014 at Columbus). His back-to-back inning homers (1st & 2nd) were the first time a Knights player had done that since exactly one year ago (Josh Phegley in 6th & 7th inning at BB&T Ballpark on August 7, 2014). He’s recorded three multi-homer games this season and three grand slams. He now has 16 home runs in 2015, which are fourth most in the IL this season and one behind the Knights team leader Matt Davidson (17), who is third in the IL. Tuiasosopo has homered once every 18.13 at-bats, which is the second best HR/AB ratio in the IL. Since July 1, Matt Tuiasosopo has the most home runs in the IL (12) second in RBIs over that span (31) behind Matt Hague (32).

Photo credit: Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights

Photo credit: Laura Wolff/Charlotte Knights

ATTENDANCE: BB&T Ballpark, which was named the Best Ballpark in Minor League Baseball by Baseball America, has welcomed 539,313 this year (57 games) – the most in Minor League Baseball this season. Only four teams in MiLB this season have cracked the 500,000 mark (Lehigh Valley, Indianapolis, and Sacramento). Charlotte is averaging 9,462 fans per game – also the highest in MiLB in 2015. The Knights led the minors in attendance in 2014 – their first at BB&T Ballpark – with a mark of 687,715 fans (71 openings). The Knights have welcomed 27 sell-out crowds during the regular season this season and 30 sell-out crowds overall this year (White Sox exhibition game and Team USA game).

MILITARY APPRECIATION: The first 1,000 fans through the gates tonight will receive a Military Heroes Card Set featuring Military members with local family ties. Knights players will wear Military themed jerseys, which will be auctioned off later this month with proceeds to benefit Charlotte Knights Charities and the USO of North Carolina.