Sunday, August 9, 2015

Charlotte Knights vs. Gwinnett Braves series probables

Gwinnett Braves vs. Charlotte Knights
At BB&T BallPark
Monday, 7:05 p.m.
CHA: RHP Kyle Drabek (6-6, 2.74 ERA)
GWN: RHP Kanekoa Texeira (4-3, 3.53 ERA)
Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.
CHA: RHP Brad Penny (5-6, 4.21 ERA)
GWN: RHP Tyrell Jenkins (3-2, 3.03 ERA)
Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.
CHA: RHP Scott Carroll (5-2, 2.67 ERA)
GWN: LHP Greg Smith (5-4, 2.31 ERA)
Thursday, 7:05 p.m.
CHA: RHP Erik Johnson (8-8, 2.58 ERA)
GWN: RHP Victor Mateo (1-0, 2.25 ERA)

Head to head: This is the sixth series between Charlotte (61-54) and Gwinnett (61-52) this season, but the first time the two International League South foes will play a four-game series. The Knights have taken three of the five series and hold an 8-5 edge in games played overall this season, but the Braves won all three games in their last series, July 24-26 in Lawrenceville, Ga.
Notes: Charlotte and Gwinnett are both in the hunt for the league’s wildcard berth. Entering Sunday’s league games, the Braves are currently second in the IL South, four games behind Norfolk, while the Knights are third, five games back. That puts Gwinnett 1½ games behind Columbus in the wild-card race, with Charlotte 2½ games back. … Knights outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo has had one of the hottest bats in the International League over the past five weeks. His 12 home runs is the most in the league since July 1, and his 31 RBIs are second-best. … Charlotte infielder Drew Garcia moved into eighth place on the Knights’ all-time games played list Sunday, making his 283rd appearance to pass Josh Fields. He is just nine games behind Josh Phegley, currently seventh with 292 games played. … Charlotte manager Joel Skinner is just three wins away from 275 career victories with the Knights.

Bill Kiser