Brown far from blue over handing ex-favorites loss
Monday, Sept. 28
SAN FRANCISCO — Often, it’s the little twists in the plot that add flavor to the Giants-Dodgers rivalry. Consider, for instance, Trevor Brown, the rookie catcher whose two-run double in Monday’s second inning propelled the Giants to their 3-2, 12-inning triumph.
Brown was born and raised in Newhall, Calif., about 30 miles away from Los Angeles. You can guess the rest. He grew up rooting for the Dodgers. Then the Giants selected him in the 10th round of the 2012 amateur draft.
“As soon as I got drafted, that was an immediate change,” Brown said.
Following the Buster Posey route as a converted middle infielder, the 23-year-old Brown has accomplished more than just assimilating himself into Giants culture. Roused from the early days of his offseason hibernation on Sept. 16 when the Giants realized that they needed more personnel depth, Brown has quickly made a positive impression.
“Brownie’s got a lot of confidence,” said Giants right-hander Jake Peavy, Brown’s batterymate on Monday. “Brownie feels like he belongs. The moment’s not too big for him. He’s a smart kid. He’s educated and he’s not letting the situation get the best of him. He’s playing baseball. The lights are bright out there in these situations … Pretty impressive what he’s done to step in with the poise he has, and obviously, deliver a huge hit tonight off the National League’s best.”
That would be Zack Greinke, the Dodgers co-ace who’s 18-3 with a 1.68 ERA. Brown maintained a calm approach to connect for his big hit.
“I was just trying to relax as much as I could,” said Brown, who has six hits in his last 12 at-bats. “I was looking for a fastball that whole at-bat and I finally got one there at the end.”
— Chris Haft