Knights shut out the Tides 6-0 on Monday

Knights shut out the Tides 6-0 on Monday

Knights shut out the Tides 6-0 on Monday

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by TOM VIOLA / Charlotte Knights

WCNC.com

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 6:29 AM

FORT MILL, S.C. --  On a night when safe driving was the focus, Dan Johnson drove his 27th home run over the right field wall and it was all the Knights would need on Monday. 

Johnson’s two-run blast in the first inning helped the Knights race past the Norfolk Tides by a score of 6-0 on Monday in the finale of the four-game series from Knights Stadium. With the victory, the first place Knights took three games in the series over second place Norfolk and saw their lead grow to nine games in the IL South Division.

LHP Hector Santiago was the star on the mound for Charlotte. Santiago (1-0, 0.00) earned his first career Triple-A win after throwing 6.2 scoreless innings. Santiago, who was making just his third career Triple-A start, has not allowed a run in 14.2 innings with the Knights this season. The Newark, NJ native threw 95 pitches and allowed just four hits and struck-out five batters. 

As for Johnson, his first inning home run gave the Knights an early lead. He finished the game 1-4 with his International League-leading home run and two RBIs. 
 
An inning later Josh Phegley’s second home run of the season helped put the Knights up by a score of 3-0. Both of Phegley’s home runs this season have come against Norfolk. 
 
Two innings later, Tyler Saladino’s three-run double in the fourth inning brought the Knights one step closer to the finish line on Monday. With a 6-0 lead, it was smooth sailing from there. 

The 2004 NASCAR Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year Kyle Busch was on-hand to meet and greet fans on Monday night. Busch was appearing for “Support B.R.A.K.E.S. Night” and signed autographs for fans. Busch also threw out a ceremonial first pitch and helped promote safe driving. 
 
Before the game, Charlotte reliever Donnie Veal was promoted to Chicago. Veal’s promotion to the White Sox was among a number of roster moves on the day for the Knights, who also saw reliever Brandon Kloess go to Double-A Birmingham and Jim Gallagher be placed on the DL.

After the game, infielder Brent Morel was also placed on the DL. Despite all of the roster moves, the Knights continue to find ways to win. 
 
Charlotte (71-53) improved to 10-9 against Norfolk this season. The two teams will meet for one final series from August 18-19 in Norfolk.

The Knights will now host the Louisville Bats in the opening game of a four-game series on Tuesday. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and first pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. RHP Scott Carroll is the expected starter for the Knights and RHP Sean Gallagher for the Bats. 
 

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