In his four full seasons in the Minor Leagues, Colorado Rockies slugger Nolan Arenado never won a championship. His younger brother is one win away.
Jonah Arenado drove in two runs and Michael Santos pitched five scoreless innings Sunday night as the Giants beat the Mariners, 6-2, to return to the Arizona League Final.
The younger Arenado, a 16th-round pick in the 2013 Draft, delivered a run-scoring double in the fourth inning and capped a two-run fifth with an RBI single that gave the Giants a 4-0 lead.
That was more than enough for Santos (1-0), a non-drafted free agent who ranked fourth in the league with a 2.56 ERA during the regular season. He limited the Mariners to three hits and a walk while striking out six.
The Giants will defend their championship Monday night against the Indians, who defeated the Rangers in the other semifinal, 7-3.
Li-Jen Chu doubled twice and drove in two runs, while fellow Taiwan native Yu-Cheng Chang hit a solo homer, singled and scored twice for the Indians.
Both finalists received first-round byes after dominant second halves in which the Indians were a league-best 20-5 and the Giants went 20-8.