Monday, August 18, 2014

Probables: Charlotte Knights vs. Gwinnett Braves

Monday, 7:05 p.m.
CHA - RHP Chien-Ming Wang (11-8, 4.22)
DUR - RHP Aaron Northcraft (0-6, 5.94)

Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.
CHA - LHP Carlos Rodon (First Start)
DUR - RHP Kanekoa Texeira (3-4, 4.69)

Head to head: This is the seventh of 10 series between the Knights and Braves. The season series is currently tied at seven games apiece. The Knights hold a 4-3 edge at BB&T BallPark.

Briefly: On Saturday, NC State alumni Carlos Rodon – the number-three overall pick by the Chicago White Sox in this year’s Major League Baseball Draft – was promoted to the Charlotte Knights. The Holly Springs, NC native will start on Tuesday. Rodon, 21, appeared in four games (two starts) for Winston-Salem (A+) and posted a 0-0 mark with a 1.86 ERA (9.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 15 SO). Assuming all goes well, Rodon is likely to join the White Sox come September. … In other local news, UNC Charlotte standout Tyler Barnette – a native of Hickory, NC – was promoted to the Charlotte Knights on Sunday from Single-A Kannapolis. Barnette, 22, was 2-8 with one save and a 5.08 ERA for the Intimidators in 25 games (11 starts) this season. In three seasons for the Charlotte 49ers, Barnette compiled an 18-8 record with a 3.37 ERA. … The Knights played Sunday’s game (their last home game) in front of 9,401 fans, which put the team over the 600,000 attendance mark for the season (607,903). They are the first MiLB team this season to pass 600,000. 

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