Giants, Indians advance to AZL Final

Arenado drives in two runs, Santos pitches five scoreless innings

Jonah Arenado shared the team lead with 21 RBIs during the Arizona League regular season. (Larry Goren/Four Seam Images)

By Daren Smith / | September 1, 2014 12:44 AM ET

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.

Daren Smith is an editor for This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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