Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Game 86 lineups: Charlotte Knights host Durham Bulls for three-game series

Here are the lineups:

Bulls (44-40)
Boog Powell RF
Tim Beckham SS
Corey Brown LF
J.P. Arencibia 1B
Richie Shaffer 3B
Nick Franklin 2B
Mikie Mahtook CF
Vince Belnome DH
Luke Maile C
Pitching: RHP Jose Dominguez (0-1, 5.19)

Knights (48-37)
Micah Johnson 2B
Tyler Saladino 3B
Jason Coats LF
Matt Davidson DH
Tyler Colvin RF
Trayce Thompson CF
Chris Marrero 1B
Kevan Smith C
Leury Garcia SS
Pitching: RHP Junior Guerra (0-3, 2.91)

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MiLB.TV/ ESPN 730

Notes: Durham right-hander Matt Andriese was originally scheduled to start for the Bulls before being called up to the Tampa Bay Rays. He will start Game 2 of Tampa's doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals at 8:10 p.m. ... Knights third baseman Matt Davidson has been selected to participate in the Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby on Monday at Werner Park in Omaha, Neb. Davidson, who is tied for second in the International League with 13 home runs, won the 2013 Triple-A All-Star Home Run Derby as a member of the Reno Aces. Davidson was elected to start Wednesday's All-Star game as the IL's designated hitter. ... Dan Hayes of Comcast SportsNet Chicago says Charlotte right-hander Erik Johnson is having his workload monitored by the Chicago White Sox and will return to action on Friday in Norfolk. Johnson is 7-5 on the season with a 2.86 ERA. He hasn't pitched since June 26 at Rochester.


Charlotte Knights-Durham Bulls series probables

Knights vs. Bulls
At BB&T BallPark

Series probables

Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.
CHA: RHP Junior Guerra (0-3, 2.91)

DUR: RHP Matt Andriese (1-0, 2.88)

Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.
CHA: RHP Brad Penny (4-3, 3.98)
DUR: LHP Robert Zarate (1-0, 0.69)

Thursday, 7:05 p.m.
CHA: RHP Shawn Haviland (4-4, 4.19)

DUR: RHP Bradin Hagens (0-0, 1.13)

Head to head: This is the fourth series between Charlotte (48-37) and Durham (44-40) this season. The Knights split a two-game series in Charlotte on April 13 and 14. The Bulls hosted a four-game series against the Knights starting on April 20, and Durham won three games to one. The most recent series between the two teams was in Durham from June 2 to June 4, and the Bulls took two of three games.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Game 81 lineups: Knights look to avoid sweep to Braves

Here are the lineups:

Braves (42-38)
Mallex Smith CF (5-for-10 with three runs scored in first two games of series)
Jose Peraza 2B (went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Game 1)
Eric Young Jr. LF
Adonis Garcia 3B
Cedric Hunter DH (has hit two home runs and recorded six RBI in past three games)
Todd Cunningham RF
Sean Kazmar SS
Barrett Kleinknecht 1B
Jose Yepez C
Pitching: RHP Jorge Reyes (NR)

Knights (44-37)
Micah Johnson 2B (5-for-9 in first two games of series)
Tyler Saladino DH
Matt Tuiasosopo LF
Matt Davidson 3B
Tyler Colvin RF
Trayce Thompson CF
George Kottaras C (batting .317 with six home runs in 22 games this season)
Chris Marrero 1B (went 4-for-4 with a solo home run in Game 1)
Drew Garcia SS
Pitching: RHP Brad Penny (3-3, 4.31)

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MiLB.TV/ ESPN 730

Game 80 lineups: Knights and Braves open day-night doubleheader

Here are the lineups:

Braves (41-38)
Mallex Smith CF
Jose Peraza 2B
Eric Young Jr. DH
Adonis Garcia 3B
Cedric Hunter LF
Christian Bethancourt C
Sean Kazmar 1B
Daniel Castro SS
Mycal Jones RF
Pitching: LHP Greg Smith (2-3, 2.26)

Knights (44-36)
Micah Johnson 2B
Tyler Saladino SS
Jason Coats DH
Matt Davidson 3B
Matt Tuisasosopo LF
Trayce Thompson CF
Chris Marrero RF
Kevan Smith C
Alexander Simon 1B
Pitching: Miguel Chalas (0-3, 4.58)

Game time: 12:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MiLB.TV/ ESPN 730

Roster moves: First baseman Chris Curley was placed on the disabled list on Friday morning. Since being promoted to Charlotte from Double-A Birmingham on June 24, Curley was batting .381 with two runs scored, one home run and two RBI. In 23 games with the Barons this season, Curley was batting ,145 with five runs scored, two home runs and nine RBI.

With Curley being placed on the disabled list, first baseman Alexander Simon was promoted to Charlotte from Class A Kannapolis and will start Game 1 of the Knights' doubleheader against the Gwinnett Braves. In 23 games with the Intimidators, Simon was hitting .293 with 12 runs scored, four doubles, two triples, one home run and 13 RBI. Simon started the 2015 season in the Tampa Bay Rays organization and was acquired by the Chicago White Sox organization on May 30 in exchange for cash. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Game 79 lineups: Gwinnett Braves at Charlotte Knights

Here are the lineups:

Braves (40-38)
Mallex Smith CF
Jose Peraza 2B
Eric Young Jr. LF
Cedric Hunter DH
Sean Kazmar 3B
Todd Cunningham RF
Daniel Castro SS
Barrett Kleinknecht 1B
Jose Yepez C
Pitching: RHP Kanekoa Texeira (0-2, 4.20)

Knights (44-35)
Micah Johnson 2B (hit .295 in the month of June)
Tyler Saladino SS
Matt Tuiasosopo LF
Matt Davidson 3B (tied for the International League-lead in home runs with 13)
Tyler Colvin RF
Trayce Thompson CF (second in the IL with 43 runs scored)
Chris Marrero DH
Kevan Smith C
Chris Curley 1B (batting .381 in seven games with Charlotte)
Pitching: RHP Junior Guerra (0-3, 3.00)

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MiLB.TV/ ESPN 730

Notes: The Knights enter Thursday's game 1 1/2 games behind the first-place Norfolk Tides in the IL South Division standings. ... Four Knights will represent Charlotte in the Triple-A All-Star game on July 15. Read more here.

Roster moves: RHP Hector Noesi was placed on the temporary inactive list on Thursday. After going 0-4 with a 6.89 ERA in 10 games (five starts) with the Chicago White Sox, Noesi was outrighted to Charlotte from Chicago on June 26. Noesi hasn't pitched for the Knights this season.

RHP Junior Guerra was optioned to Charlotte  on Wednesday and was placed on the Knights' active roster on Thursday. After being promoted to Chicago on June 7, Guerra went 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA in three relief appearances for the White Sox. Guerra opened the season with Double-A Birmingham, and in seven games for the Knights, he went 0-3 with a 3.00 ERA in seven games (five starts) and struck out 30 batters.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Game 69 lineups: Knights seek seven-game win streak in final game of homestand

Here are the lineups:

Indians (42-27)
Keon Broxton LF
Jaff Decker RF
Willy Garcia DH
Brent Morel 3B
John Bowker 1B
Tony Sanchez C
Gorkys Hernandez CF
Pedro Florimon SS
Gustavo Nunez
Pitching: RHP Casey Sadler (6-4, 3.29)

Knights (39-29)
Micah Johnson 2B
Jason Coats LF
Matt Tuiasosopo DH
Matt Davidson 3B
Trayce Thompson CF
George Kottaras C
Chris Marrero 1B
Tyler Colvin RF
Drew Garcia SS
Pitching: RHP Erik Johnson (5-5, 3.34)

Game time: 2:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MiLB.TV/ ESPN 730


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Game 68 lineups: Indianapolis Indians at Charlotte Knights

Here are the lineups:

Indians (42-26)
Keon Broxton LF
Gustavo Nunez SS
Jaff Decker DH
Brent Morel 3B
John Bowker 1B
Steve Lombardozzi 2B
Elias Diaz C
Willy Garcia RF
Gorkys Hernandez CF
Pitching: Angel Sanchez (NR)

Knights (38-29)
Micah Johnson 2B
Tyler Saladino SS
Jason Coats LF
Matt Davidson 3B
Matt Tuiasosopo RF
Trayce Thompson CF
Tyler Colvin DH
Kevan Smith C
Chris Marrero 1B
Pitching: Kyle Drabek (4-2, 2.60)

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: WMYT/ MiLB. TV/ ESPN 730

Notes: The Knights enter tonight's game on a five-game winning streak. ... With a win tonight, Joel Skinner will reach 250 career wins as manager of the Knights. Skinner's 249 career wins with Charlotte are the most in the franchise's history. He and Nick Leyva, who finished with 202 wins, are the only two managers in the team's history to win more than 200 games.