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Outfielder’s bat fizzled in majors. Here’s how he’s doing with Charlotte Knights

Charlotte Knights center fielder Jacob May, right, has recorded a hit in each game and is batting .318 since the Chicago White Sox optioned him to Charlotte.
Charlotte Knights center fielder Jacob May, right, has recorded a hit in each game and is batting .318 since the Chicago White Sox optioned him to Charlotte. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

After playing in 83 games with the Charlotte Knights last season, Jacob May batted .319 during spring training to secure the Chicago White Sox’ starting center-field job entering this season.

However, May couldn't sustain that offensive success in his first month in the majors. He went 2-for-36 at the plate in 15 games with the White Sox before being optioned to Charlotte on May 2, with hopes of regaining his stride.

The move has paid dividends so far. May has recorded a hit in each of his 10 games with the Knights and is batting .318.

During last week’s seven-game road trip against the Indianapolis Indians and Louisville Bats, May hit .370 (10-for-27) to help steer Charlotte to four wins.

Monday: After allowing one run through four innings, Lucas Giolito surrendered four in the fifth, giving the Indians a lead they wouldn’t relinquish en route to a 5-3 win.

Tuesday: With the scored tied at 1 after two innings, Indianapolis scored two runs on four hits off Tyler Danish in the third inning. The Knights pulled within a run on a homer by Jason Bourgeois in the seventh, but ultimately fell 3-2.

Wednesday: In his best start of the season, Chris Volstad surrendered one run on six hits across five innings. However, Charlotte tallied just four hits, and Volstad was saddled with the loss in the 1-0 defeat.

Thursday: After scoring just two runs in their previous two games, the Knights scored seven runs on a season-high 13 hits in the series opener against the Bats. Reynaldo Lopez allowed three runs (one earned) in six innings, picking up his fourth straight win in the 7-4 victory.

Friday: May’s two-run single in the seventh helped secure the 5-2 win after Carson Fulmer surrendered two runs (one earned) across 5 1/3 innings. Fulmer is 4-0 with a 1.57 ERA over his past five starts.

Saturday: After going 0-5 in his first six starts of the season, Giolito earned his first win, surrendering two runs on four hits in six innings. Everth Cabrera, Adam Engel and May led the offense, going a combined 8-for-12 in the 4-2 victory.

Sunday: Charlotte trailed 5-3 before scoring three total runs in the seventh and eighth innings to seize a 6-5 lead. However, Louisville tacked on a run in the bottom of the eighth to force extra innings. In the 10th, Carson Blair’s RBI single helped the Knights in a 7-6 win.

What’s next: Charlotte opens a three-game home series against the Durham Bulls at 7:05 p.m. Monday before a four-game road series against the Norfolk Tides.

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