The San Francisco Giants will enter Friday's night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers having beaten the boys in blue seven times out of ten in 2014. A one and a half game lead at the moment seems pretty good considering the team's monumental June collapse. There are more ways, however, to make ourselves feel good about the Giants and others who represent them. The Giants/Dodgers rivalry continues at the lower levels as three of the teams' minor league club's are in the same leagues.
Here are some of the best moments of the minor league version of the rivalry in 2014.
AZL Giants vs. AZL Dodgers
This is the most uneventful of the three matchups. The teams meet just twice in a brief, two and a half month season, and only once up until this point. So here's a screenshot of the box score for you to cheer about.
That's right! In the ninth game of the Arizona League season, the Giants rookies beat the Dodgers rookies by three. I have nothing else for you but a list of notable things that happened in this game:
- Marco Scutaro played in this game. It was his fourth rehab game with the team. He went 0-for-2.
- The team's most promising starting pitcher, 19-year-old Michael Santos, struck out seven over five, two-run innings. He currently owns a 1.80 ERA through 30 innings.
- The Giants' 2014 19th-round pick Richard Amion, who is currently rocking a .309/.440/.500 line in the AZL, hit his first career home run that night.
San Jose vs. Rancho Cucamonga
The Little Giants have dominated this series in 2014, winning six of the seven games played thus far with three contests remaining. Though they aren't in the same division, San Jose has a two-game "lead" over the Quakes in overall record. But the high point in this rivalry came way back in April when the teams squared off for a four-game set to open the season in Rancho Cucamonga. Dodgers' starter Josh Beckett, before throwing a no-hitter later in the season, rehabbed with the Quakes and served up a pair of back-to-back home runs to Giants' prospects Elliott Blair and Mitch Delfino.
The Giants won the game as a trio of young arms — Kendry Flores, Steven Okert, and Tyler Mizenko — out-dueled Josh Beckett and 17-year-old phenom Julio Urias.
Fresno vs. Albuquerque
Sixteen games have passed, with one rain postponement in this season's Triple-A version of Giants/Dodgers, with the Grizzlies holding a 9-7 advantage over the Isotopes. Though they secured the series win, the last matchup ended on a sour note for Fresno. Holding a a 7-3 lead entering the bottom of the eighth, Dodgers No. 2 prospect Joc Pederson took Heath Hembree deep with the bases loaded after Hembree walked in the Isotopes' first run of the inning.
Despite Pederson landing the last blow, the Grizzlies held the .323 hitter to a .233 average in his 60 at-bats against Fresno in 2014.
Fresno is dead last in the Pacific Coast League Northern Division, sitting nine and half games back of Sacramento, though they own a one-game better record than Albuquerque, who are in second place in the Southern Division.
To add it all up: The Giants have #BeatLA on 16 of 24 occasions in 2014, and 23 of 34 if you include the big league club's 10 games. They've outscored Los Angeles affiliated teams 125-91 and struck out 30 more Dodgers minor leaguers in head-to-head matchups, but lost in the home run department by two.
And one last comparison: Across the entire minor league season, bringing all seven of the teams' minor league affiliates into play, the Giants lead the Dodgers in a number of critical categories.
- AVG — Giants: .260, Dodgers: .257
- OBP — Giants: .334, Dodgers: .331
- Runs per game — Giants: 4.85, Dodgers: 4.69
- SB per game — Giants: 1.06, Dodgers: 0.96
- Wins — Giants: 280, Dodgers: 238
- Losses — Giants: 249, Dodgers: 284
- ERA — Giants: 3.94, Dodgers: 4.42
- WHIP — Giants: 1.37, Dodgers: 1.44
- S0/9 — Giants 8.2, Dodgers: 7.9
- SO/B — Giants: 2.32, Dodgers: 2.12
All of this to say, it's fun beating the Dodgers — in any way possible.