Knights vs. Norfolk Tides
At BB&T BallPark
Friday, 7:05 p.m.
CHA: RHP Erik Johnson (4-4, 4.14)
NOR: LHP Eddie Gamboa (3-3, 3.98)
Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
CHA: RHP Scott Carroll (2-1, 1.83)
NOR: LHP Chris Jones (1-3, 2.61)
Sunday, 2:05 p.m.
CHA: RHP Kyle Drabek (1-3, 2.36)
NOR: RHP Zach Davies (3-3, 2.96)
Head to head: This will be the third series between Charlotte (30-22) and Norfolk (30-23) this season. The Knights and Tides opened the year with a four-game series at BB&T BallPark. Each team walked away with two wins. Charlotte visited Norfolk for a three-game series near the end of April, and the Knights won two games, while the third was postponed to July 10 due to rain.
Briefly: The Knights are in a three-way tie with Durham and Norfolk atop the International League South Division. ... With a three-run home run on Wednesday, Charlotte outfielder Jason Coats has entered Thursday’s game with four home runs and 13 RBIs in his last 10 games. Entering Thursday’s game, Coats was tied with third baseman Matt Davidson for the team lead with 31 RBIs despite starting the season with Class AA Birmingham. … LHP Zach Phillips had not surrendered a run in his last five appearances. In 18 appearances this year, Phillips hasn’t allowed a run in 13 outings. In 10 games in May, Phillips posted a 1.32 ERA. … With an average attendance of 9,393 fans in 29 home games this season, BB&T BallPark currently leads Minor League Baseball in average attendance. Pat James