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Chigbogu powers Raptors' romp
Dodgers prospect homers twice, plates career-high five
08/07/2013 1:26 AM ET
Justin Chigbogu has three homers and eight RBIs over his last seven games.
Justin Chigbogu has three homers and eight RBIs over his last seven games. (Ogden Raptors)

Justin Chigbogu is looking forward to what tomorrow's game might bring. It's not going to be easy to top Tuesday's performance.

The Dodgers prospect homered twice and collected a career-high five RBIs to power Rookie-level Ogden to a 14-5 romp over Idaho Falls at Melaleuca Field.

Chigbogu delivered an RBI single in the Raptors' eight-run first inning, then slugged two-run homers in the second and sixth. He finished with three runs scored.

"I'm happy that I had a good game," Chigbogu said. "Hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day. This game right here, it was a great game. I worked hard today, I worked hard for my teammates, and hopefully tomorrow is going to be a great day."

The Dodgers' fourth-round pick in last year's Draft joined Ogden early last month after batting .326 with five homers and 19 RBIs in only 11 games in the Arizona League. It was a repeat of sorts for Chigbogu, who posted a .595 OPS in 32 games in the AZL.

"It's kind of great," Chigbogu said. "The Arizona League has no fans, it's kind of hard to get a vibe. I went down there and worked hard and stayed focused and did what I had to do."

The 19-year-old first baseman got off to a great start with the Raptors and is hitting .311 with six homers and 21 RBIs in 27 games.

"This year, I feel good and I don't regret anything at the plate," the Missouri native said. "It's going pretty well. I'm getting to being myself and being more mature at the plate."

Adam Law smacked a two-run triple, while Kyle Farmer doubled twice and drove in three runs for the Raptors.

Zachary Bird (2-3), the Dodgers' No. 16 prospect, won his second straight start after giving up three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts over six innings.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @RobertEmrich. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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