Brown unable to prevent Scorpions' setback
Giants' top prospect collects first three hits of AFL campaign, drives in two runs
Gary Brown's first hits in the Arizona Fall League capped a fine day for the San Francisco organization. Unfortunately it wasn't a fine evening for the Scorpions.
The Giants' top prospect was 3-for-5 with two RBIs as the Scorpions fell to the Salt River Rafters, 6-5, on Thursday.
Brown singled to open the game but was quickly erased when fellow Giants farmhand Joe Panik hit into a double play. Brown extended Scottsdale's lead to 3-1 with an RBI single in the fourth inning and singled home a run to give the Scorpions a brief 5-4 lead in the ninth inning.
"You always hope the ball falls, it doesn't always but when it does it feels good," Brown said. "It's hard, you always want to win. It's tough, but it happens."
Brown is coming off a solid season at Double-A Richmond, batting .279 with 73 runs scored and 33 stolen bases. The 24-year-old outfielder was 0-for-4 in the season-opener on Wednesday. Brown is using the fall league as a chance to work on his game and give himself a leg up on Spring Training next year.
"I always say it's a game of adjustments and that's what I'm doing here," the California native said. "I'm trying to work on and minimize my flaws and put myself in the best chance to make the club next year."
Ricky Oropesa, the Giants' No. 11 prospect, was 2-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs while Panik, No. 6 in the organization, scored a run for the Scorpions. All in all it was a nice day for the Giants, with the club reaching the National League Championship Series earlier in the day.
"It's nice," Brown said of the Giants' day. "They did an unbelievable job up there of coming back and you're here putting your work in, hoping that you're going to be the one celebrating someday."
In a game that saw the clubs change leads five times, it wasn't decided until the bottom half of the ninth. Nationals prospect Brian Goodwin homered to tie the game. Buddy Boshers (Angels) allowed back-to-back singles and then walked Nationals top prospect Anthony Rendon to load the bases. Andy Wilkins (White Sox) ended the game with a single to center field, his second RBI of the game.
Rendon finished 1-for-3 with a double and a run sored while Goodwin collected two hits and is now batting .444 for Salt River.
Eric Smith (Diamondbacks) allowed a run on two hits in the ninth and was credited with the win for the Rafters.
Robert Emrich is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.