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Justin Yurchak belts 4 more hits in Great Lakes blowout

Two of three Dodgers minor league teams score in double digits Wednesday

Glendale Desert Dogs v. Mesa Solar Sox Photo by Buck Davidson/MLB Photos via Getty Images

There were plenty of hits to spread around in two-thirds of the action Wednesday night in Dodgers minors, while the third game wouldn’t be decided until the 10th inning.

Player of the day

Justin Yurchak knocked in four runs on the night for Great Lakes, racking up eight total bases with a homer, double and two singles. It was the third four-hit effort since June 29 for the 24-year-old lefty, who is 71-for-160 (.444) at the plate since June 12 for the Loons.

The Dodgers acquired Yurchak via trade with the White Sox in November of 2018, sending LHP Manny Bañuelos to Chicago. The former 12th-round pick hit well in 2019 after joining the organization and was sent to the Arizona Fall League to represent the Dodgers at season’s end.

After a slow start to Yurchak’s 2021 campaign, the Loons’ first baseman is now slashing .357/.438/.480 in 60 games.

Double-A Tulsa

The Drillers hung eight runs on the board in the first inning and coasted to a 12-2 victory over the Midland RockHounds (Athletics).

Jacob Amaya, Michael Busch and Ryan Noda all went deep as the Tulsa offense piled up 15 hits Wednesday. Amaya reached base four times, adding a walk and two singles to go with the leadoff homer.

Outfielder James Outman also reached base four times for the second time in five games since being promoted to Tulsa. The 24-year-old has been aboard for 13 of the 26 plate appearances at this level.

High-A Great Lakes

The Loons walloped the West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers) in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score would lead on. Great Lakes allowed seven runs to score in the final two frames but still managed a seven-run victory by the score of 16-9.

Seven different batters turned in multi-hit nights for the Loons as they would finish with 21 as a team. Nine of the 21 hits came in the first inning outburst of 11 runs that put the home team on cruise control.

With three hits Wednesday, outfielder Andy Pages extended his on-base streak to 16 games (19-for-57).

Yurchak’s long ball was the 111th of the year for Great Lakes, only 16 behind the franchise record of 127 back in 2010.

Low-A Rancho Cucamonga

Nine innings wasn’t enough for the Quakes and Modesto Nuts (Mariners) Wednesday. Each team plated a run in the extra frame but it was a run-scoring sacrifice fly that would walk it off for the Nuts in the 10th.

Down by a pair in the sixth inning, the Quakes used back-to-back doubles off the bats of Jorbit Vivas and Alex De Jesus to tie the game at 2-2. The loss snapped a seven-game win streak for Rancho and it’s only the fifth loss in the past 21 games for the club.

Wednesday Scores

Tulsa 12, Midland 2

Great Lakes 16, West Michigan 9

Modesto 4, Rancho Cucamonga 3

Thursday schedule

  • 4 p.m. PT: Great Lakes (Cole Percival) vs. West Michigan (Garrett Hill)
  • 5:05 p.m.: Oklahoma City (Aaron Wilkerson) at Round Rock (Collin Wiles)
  • 5:05 p.m.: Tulsa (Bryan Brickhouse) vs. Midland (Ty Damron)
  • 7:05 p.m.: Rancho Cucamonga (Kendall Williams) at Modeso (Connor Phillips)