Charlotte Knights vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs
at BB&T BallPark, Charlotte
Monday, 7:05 p.m.
Knights RHP Dylan Axelrod (1-3, 4.00 ERA)
IronPigs RHP Barry Enright (0-2, 5.16 ERA)
Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.
Knights RHP Tommy Hanson (1-2, 4.73 ERA)
IronPigs RHP Sean OSullivan (1-2, 4.50 ERA)
Wednesday, 11:05 a.m.
Knights RHP Erik Johnson (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
IronPigs RHP Jonathan Pettibone (2-0, 3.38 ERA)
Thursday, 7:05 p.m.
IronPigs RHP David Buchanan (4-0, 3.21 ERA)
Head to head: This is the first of two four-game series between the IronPigs and Knights.
Miscellany: The Knights have lost six games in a row. Charlotte is the youngest team in the International League in terms of average age (25.2). It trails the league in several offensive categories, including runs per game (3.29), hits (198), RBIs (84), batting average (.216), on-base percentage (.293) and strikeouts (284). White Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie is expected to be with the team for at least Mondays and Tuesdays games while he rehabs from a hand contusion. Gillaspie reported to the Knights on Sunday and went 1-for-4 with a home run in a 5-3 loss in Buffalo, N.Y. Five of the Knights six losses have come by two runs or less (four by one run). Knights 2B Carlos Sanchez returns to Charlotte riding a seven-game hitting streak. The switch-hitter is batting .333 (9-for-27) since beginning the streak on April 26. Top prospect Matt Davidson continues to struggle. The third baseman is hitting .165 (16-for-97) with three home runs and a league-leading 43 strikeouts. He has hit worse when ahead in the count (.080) than he has when behind (.250). Davidson finished last season with a .274 batting average and 20 home runs between Class AAA Reno and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Former Mets closer Frank Francisco, 34, has impressed in his quest to find a way back to a major league bullpen. In four appearances (6 innings) for the Knights, Francisco has yet to allow an earned run, while striking out 10. Seth Lakso
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