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Andres Santiago, Chris O'Brien win Southern League weekly honors

Andres Santiago finished his regular season strong on Thursday night.
Andres Santiago finished his regular season strong on Thursday night.
Chattanooga Lookouts

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.