Monday, April 13, 2015

Game 5: Erik Johnson to make 2015 debut vs Durham Bulls

Here are the lineups:

Bulls (2-2)
Ryan Brett 2B
Vince Belnome 1B
Jake Elmore SS
Joey Butler RF
Corey Brown CF
Curt Casali 
Eugenio Velez LF
Taylor Motter 3B
Mayo Acosta C
Pitching: LHP Scott Diamond (0-0, 0.00)

Knights (2-2)
Tyler Saladino DH
Carlos Sanchez 2B
Neftali Soto 1B
Matt Davidson 3B
Matt Tuiasosopo RF
Trayce Thompson CF
Kevan Smith C
Leury Garcia SS
Jared Mitchell LF
Pitching: RHP Shawn Haviland (0-0, 0.00)

Game time: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MiLB.TV / ESPN 730 

NotesThe Knights are striking out too much, with strikeouts accounting for 48 percent of their outs through four game this season. … RHP Erik Johnson, who spent much of this spring on the disabled list with an abdominal strain, is slated to pitch after Shawn Haviland on Monday. … On Monday the Knights added LHP Eric Surkamp to their active roster and optioned LHP Jarrett Casey to Class AA Birmingham. ... Tyler Saladino has hits in all three games he has appeared in this season. … Dan Black’s home run Sunday was his first since Aug. 30 of 2014. … Former White Sox closer Matt Lindstrom has yet to find his rhythm out of the bullpen with Charlotte. The 35-year-old actually lowered his ERA from 40.50 to 27.00 by allowing two runs in the top of the ninth on Sunday. ... This is the first of seven series (23 games) between the Knights and Bulls this season. The teams will next face off April 20-23 in Durham. The won their 2014 season series with the Knights, 12-9.