Charlotte Knights

Gwinnett Braves, Charlotte Knights start 3-game BB&T BallPark series

Gwinnett Braves vs. Charlotte Knights

At BB&T BallPark

Monday, 7:05 p.m.

GWI: RHP Jake Brigham (3-0, 5.11 ERA); CHA: RHP Scott Carroll (5-4, 3.80 ERA).

Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.

GWI: RHP Sugar Ray Marimon (5-4, 3.31 ERA); CHA: RHP Erik Johnson (10-8, 2.38 ERA).

Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.

GWI: RHP Kanekoa Texeira (6-3, 3.59 ERA); CHA: RHP Hector Noesi (1-4, 4.30 ERA).

Head to head: This is the seventh series the International League South division rivals Charlotte (66-63) and Gwinnett (70-58) have faced off in this season, with one more series – a three-game swing on Sept. 5-7 at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Ga. – yet to go. The Knights lead the season series 10-8, but the Braves have won five of the past seven games. The last time the two teams played at BB&T BallPark, Gwinnett and Charlotte split a four-game series Aug. 10-13.

Notes: This series will be vital for the Knights’ playoff hopes. With 14 regular-season games remaining, they are currently third in the IL South standings, seven games back of division leader Norfolk (73-56) and 41/2 games behind the Braves. Charlotte is also tied for third in the race for the wildcard spot with Rochester (66-63), both six games behind Columbus (72-57). … Infielder-outfielder Dayan Viciedo, playing for the fourth time with the Chicago White Sox’s Triple-A club, hit his 44th career home run with the Knights on Sunday. That moved him to a tie with Josh Fields (44) for seventh on the all-time list, two behind Josh Phegley (46) and three behind Jeff Liefer (47). … Since being called up to Charlotte from Double-A Birmingham on Aug. 4, catcher Rob Brantly has been one of the Knights’ most consistent hitters. In 16 games, he’s batting .322 with three home runs, 10 runs scored and 19 RBIs. … Charlotte right-hander Erik Johnson continues to be among the league’s top starting pitchers, leading the IL in ERA (2.38) and strikeouts (129).

Bill Kiser

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