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The postseason can turn unexpected players into heroes, and this year's choice may be San Antonio's Brett Dowdy.
Dowdy ripped a two-run triple to power the Missions to a 6-2 victory over visiting Springfield in Game 1 of the Texas League Finals on Tuesday.
The 25-year-old second baseman singled in the first inning and increased San Antonio's lead to 5-0 with his three-bagger in the third. He scored on Drew Macias' sacrifice fly.
A native of Bradenton, Fla., Dowdy entered play on Aug. 19 hitting .231, but an 11-game hitting streak raised his average to .265, and he hasn't slowed down. His .438 average is fourth in the Texas League in the playoffs. He has collected seven hits, five RBIs and four runs scored.
Chase Headley got the Missions offense started with a solo homer in the first, his second, and two batters later, Peter Ciofrone clubbed a two-run blast, his second.
San Antonio starter Joshua Geer (1-0) yielded two runs on seven hits with three strikeouts over seven innings. The 24-year-old right-hander finished the regular season tied for the Minor League lead with 17 wins.
Jose Martinez went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and scored on Cody Haerther's single in the sixth for the Cardinals.
Springfield starter Mitchell Boggs (1-1) was hammered for six runs on seven hits and five walks while striking out two in five frames.
Michael Avallone is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.