Chigbogu powers Raptors' romp

Dodgers prospect homers twice, plates career-high five

Justin Chigbogu has three homers and eight RBIs over his last seven games. (Ogden Raptors)

By Robert Emrich / MiLB.com | August 6, 2013 9:26 PM ET

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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