FORT MILL — After spending the early part of the season in the bottom of the South Division of the International League, the Charlotte Knights have moved up slightly in the standings, to third place, a half-game ahead of Gwinnett.
Norfolk headed into last weekend in first place, with a three-game lead over Durham.
Meanwhile, Knights outfielder Jordan Danks walked into the record books recently. Danks, who is in his fourth season with the Knights, drew a base on balls in the first inning against Buffalo, which moved him into sole possession of first place in walks in Charlotte Knights franchise history. The walk was the 157th of his Knights career, passing Joe Borchard’s 156.
Danks ranks second in hits, is tied for first in triples, third in doubles, second in games played, and second in at-bats in all-time Knights franchise history.
The hot streaking Danks continued his offensive masterfulness by getting three hits, including two home runs, as the Charlotte Knights beat the Buffalo Bisons 5-1 Monday in game three of their four-game series from Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, N.Y. The win was Charlotte’s fourth in its last five games.
Coming into the May 20 game, Danks had seven hits, six runs scored, and six RBIs since returning to the Knights from Chicago nine days earlier.
In other Knights news
The Knights placed right-handed pitcher Jeff Gray on the disabled list. Southpaw pitcher Donnie Veal was optioned back to the Knights from Chicago, filing Gray’s spot.
Veal spent 14 games with the big league club, going 1-0 with an 8.59 ERA in seven and a third innings of work.
In another sport the Knights know something about, more than 150 people recently participated in the team’s sixth annual charity golf classic at the Tega Cay Golf Club to help raise money for Levine Children’s Hospital. The Knights and those who participated raised $14,500, surpassing last year’s total. In all, the Knights have raised $100,000 in the six years they have hosted the tournament for the hospital.
The Knights return home this week as part of an eight-game home stand against Toledo and Rochester.