Briefs: McBean nets winner

Former CdM standout leads LA Galaxy to Reserve League win over Vancouver Whitecaps.

June 12, 2012

Former CdM standout leads LA Galaxy to Reserve League win over Vancouver Whitecaps.

Former Corona del Mar High standout Jack McBean scored in the 86th minute to help the LA Galaxy earn a 3-1 Reserve League victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps at the University of British Columbia on Tuesday.

McBean came off the bench to tally the game-winner to help Los Angeles win its second straight and move into a first-place tie with the Whitecaps in the Reserve League standings.


McBean headed in Kyle Nakazawa free kick to break a 1-1 deadlock. It was McBean's first goal of the season.

The Galaxy return to Reserve League play July 10 when they meet Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center.

— From staff reports

OCC's Brennan signs

Brandon Brennan, who earned all-state and All-Orange Empire Conference honors as a freshman pitcher at Orange Coast College in 2012, has signed Monday with the Chicago White Sox, who selected him in the fourth round (No. 141) overall in last week's Major League First-Year Player Draft.

Brennan, who began his college career at the University of Oregon, went 11-1 with a 1.25 earned-run average to help OCC win the Orange Empire Conference and reach the four-team California Community College Athletic Assn. championship.

His fourth-round selection marked a quantum leap from his senior year at Capistrano Valley High, after which he was taken in the 40th round (No. 1,220) by the Colorado Rockies in 2010.

Brennan, a first-team all-state and All-Orange Empire Conference performer, said his transition from thrower (reaching 94 mph with his fastball) to pitcher helped him move up 1,079 spots in the draft in just two years.

Brennan, who had signed a letter of intent with Houston, said before the draft that he was anxious to sign and begin a professional career.

Brennan struck out 72, allowed 76 hits and walked 23 in 108 1/3 innings for OCC. He worked into the 11th inning in the Pirates' eventual state tournament elimination loss to Rio Hondo, during which he extended a scoreless innings streak to 23. In his five starts previous to that, he was 5-0 and allowed just two earned runs in 36 innings.

Brennan's 1.25 ERA ranked fourth in single-season OCC annals.

Brennan joins UC Irvine junior pitcher Mark Trentacosta (34th round by the St. Louis Cardinals), former UCI slugger Jordan Leyland (ninth round by the Toronto Blue Jays) and UCI signee Kevin Grendell (11th round by the Orioles) as area draftees who have signed professional contracts.

— Barry Faulkner

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