LOUISVILLE, KY -- Conor Jackson continued his hot-hitting on Friday and newcomer Hector Santiago started the game off the right way for the Knights.
Jackson extended his hit streak to 16-straight games, Santiago struck-out five batters over three scoreless innings, and the Charlotte Knights beat the Louisville Bats 3-1 on Friday in game two of the four-game series from Louisville, KY.
After hitting just .202 in April and battling and injury-plagued month of May, Jackson hit .412 in June and .300 in July. So far in August, he’s picked up right where he left off.
Jackson had two of Charlotte’s three hits on Friday night to lead the club to their second straight win over Louisville. On Thursday in the opening game of the series, Jackson hit his eighth home run of the season. The 16-game hit-streak is the longest by a Knights player this season and is the longest current streak in the International League.
Santiago began the season with the White Sox and posted a 2-1 mark with four saves and a 3.66 ERA in 32 appearances for Chicago. The White Sox optioned Santiago to Charlotte on July 30 and he was thrust into the rotation. In his first start of the season on Friday, he allowed just two hits and two walks over three shutout frames.
Brian Bruney, who is currently on a Major League rehab assignment from Chicago, tossed two perfect innings to earn the win. Bruney (2-3, 1.70) threw 26 pitches, 17 for strikes in his second rehab appearance this season.
RHP Brian Omogrosso recorded the final three outs in the ninth inning to earn his fifth save.
Earlier in the day, the White Sox signed outfielder Dewayne Wise and assigned him to Charlotte. The former Knight, who hit .319 for Charlotte in 2008, went 0-4 as the team’s designated hitter on Friday.
Charlotte and Louisville will continue their series on Saturday with a 6:05 p.m. game. RHP Charlie Shirek will go for his 11th win of the season for the Knights.