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A surge at the plate brings Charlotte Knights slugger even closer to team record

Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles, from left, Sam Allen and Luther "Luke" Atkinson, right, meet Charlotte Knights outfielder Jason Bourgeois before an April 17 game at BB&T BallPark. The Knights were celebrating the memory of Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier 70 years ago, and several former Negro League players were on hand.
Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles, from left, Sam Allen and Luther "Luke" Atkinson, right, meet Charlotte Knights outfielder Jason Bourgeois before an April 17 game at BB&T BallPark. The Knights were celebrating the memory of Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball’s color barrier 70 years ago, and several former Negro League players were on hand. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

When the Chicago White Sox re-signed journeyman outfielder Jason Bourgeois to a minor league contract last offseason and assigned him to the Triple-A Charlotte Knights, it became a matter of when, not if, he’d reach 400 career Knights hits.

But thanks to a recent surge at the plate, that milestone is even closer.

Over his past 11 games, Bourgeois, 35, is batting .459 (17-for-37). He now sits at 388 hits in his Knights career, placing him 12 shy of becoming just the third player in franchise history with 400.

Only Jordan Danks and Joe Borchard have accomplished that feat, and Bourgeois trails Danks (463 hits) by 75 hits for the most in franchise history.

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Charlotte outfielder Jason Bourgeois, seen here in 2016 when he was with the Arizona Diamondbacks, needs just 12 hits to become just the third player in Knights history with 400. Chris Carlson AP File Photo

Monday: Bourgeois went 3-for-5 with a run scored and four RBIs – none being more important than the two he drove in on a seventh-inning single that broke a 5-5 tie. The Knights added three insurance runs in the eighth en route to a 10-5 win over Gwinnett.

Wednesday: After Tuesday’s game was rained out, Carson Fulmer started Game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader and allowed six runs on six hits over 4 1/3 innings in a 6-0 loss against the Braves. In Game 2, Jacob May’s ninth-inning RBI single propelled Charlotte to a 4-3 victory.

Thursday: Thursday’s game was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Aug. 25 in Lawrenceville, Ga.

Friday: Yoan Moncada, baseball’s No. 1 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs, falling just a double shy of hitting for the cycle. However, the rest of the Knights combined for just three hits, and Durham secured a 9-4 win.

Saturday: In a matchup between two of baseball’s top pitching prospects, Charlotte’s Reynaldo Lopez allowed six runs on four hits over three innings before turning the ball over to Jake Dunning, who surrendered 10 runs (nine earned) and did not record an out. That was plenty of run support for starter Brent Honeywell, who helped steer the Bulls to a 17-3 victory.

Sunday: Tyler Danish allowed eight runs on 12 hits over five innings and was saddled with his third loss in his past four starts. Charlotte rallied for six runs in the eighth, but that wasn’t enough in a 10-6 loss against Durham.

What’s next: The Knights return to BB&T Ballpark for an eight-game homestand against the Columbus Clippers and Gwinnett Braves, starting with Monday’s 7:05 p.m. contest against Columbus.

Pat James on Twitter: @patjames24

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