Big night for ex-Dragon in LA’s NLDS Game 1 win

Former Dayton Dragons infielder Justin Turner had a big night at the plate Friday, going 3-for-4 with a home run, a walk and five RBI to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 9-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 1 of their National League Division Series.

Turner’s five RBI ties the Dodgers record for most in a single postseason game. The feat was previously achieved by Davey Lopes (1978) and Pedro Guerrero (1981).

Turner played for the Dragons in 2007, batting .311 with 10 HR, 59 RBI and 12 SB in 117 games. He primarily played second base for Dayton, but has mostly manned the hot corner for L.A.

Guerrero also played in the Midwest League. He batted .345 with 10 HR, 76 RBI and 10 SB in 104 games with the 1975 Danville Dodgers. He went on to play more than 1,500 games in the major leagues, for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals. He was named to five All-Star teams and was a top-five finalist for NL MVP four times.

Only one other player from the 1975 Danville team reached the major leagues: RHP Ubaldo Heredia, who went 11-13 with a 3.33 ERA, two shutouts, 99 strikeouts and 75 walks in 154 innings (26 games/25 starts) in the Midwest League that year. He made two MLB starts for the 1987 Montreal Expos.

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