CHATTANOOGA -- The final week of the regular season was an eventful week for the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts, getting a no-hitter and clinching a playoff spot. On Tuesday, a pair of Lookouts were rewarded, with Andres Santiago and Chris O`Brien taking home the Southern League pitcher and player of the week, respectively.
Santiago, 24, struck out a career-high 12 batters in a no-hitter on Thursday night in a 1-0 win against Tennessee, with only an eighth-inning walk spoiling a potential perfect game.
O'Brien caught Santiago's no-hitter and homered for the game's only run, the second of three consecutive games with a home run for the catcher. O'Brien, 25, ended his regular season on an eight-game hitting streak, and for the week of Aug. 25-Sep. 1 hit .474 (9-for-19) with three home runs, two doubles, a triple and seven RBI.
He hit a two-run triple in the sixth inning against Tennessee on Sunday to put the Lookouts ahead for good, clinching a playoff spot for Chattanooga. It was the second straight year O'Brien delivered a playoff-clinching hit, one day before the anniversary of his walk-off RBI single on Sep. 1, 2013 sending Class-A Rancho Cucamonga to the postseason.
The Lookouts play Huntsville (a Brewers affiliate) in the North Division playoffs beginning Thursday night.