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LA's Peters sets career high with six RBIs

Fourth-round pick doubles twice to fuel Rookie-level Ogden's victory
August 19, 2016

In his first crack at pro ball, DJ Peters has set the bar pretty high.

Having already reached base six times in a game earlier in the season, Dodgers' 2016 fourth-round pick established another milestone by collecting six RBIs with a pair of bases-loaded doubles in Rookie-level Ogden's 10-6 win over visiting Great Falls. He also scored once in the Raptors' third victory of the four-game set.

"What really means a lot is getting the win," Peters said. "Whether I get two RBIs or six RBIs or no RBIs, getting the big 'W' and the series win is a lot more satisfying to me personally. It was a team win. Our pitchers threw well, got us out of some big jams. It just so happens, when runners were on base, I was the one who came up to the plate."

The 20-year-old center fielder is batting .360 through 48 games. He flew out to right field to lead off Ogden's first inning and reached on a fielding error by Great Falls first baseman Corey Zangari in the third. When he came to the dish with the Raptors trailing, 4-2, and three men on in the fifth, he saw an opportunity to change the course of the game.

"I've been seeing it in my zone. I knew with the bases loaded, I was probably only going to get one pitch to hit and they'd give me a lot of stuff to try to make me chase," he said.

After a ball in the dirt and a strike from Voyagers starter Chris Comito, Peters got something he could handle and hammered it into left field on the ground.

"I saw it up, a good pitch to hit, and I hit it down the line," the Southern California native said. "Luckily, there were guys on base. We were down at that point, so a big hit is all you can ask for. It put us up in the game, and our reliever was throwing really well at that point, so it helped the team out."

Peters reached on another Great Falls fielding error in the seventh by second baseman J.J. Franco and was thrown out trying to score on Keibert Ruiz's single to end that frame. The next inning, though, he broke the game open for Ogden.

"When I walked to the plate with two outs, I knew the bases were loaded, it was 7-6, going into the ninth inning," Peters said. "To give the guy coming out of the bullpen a cushion is always better than just a one-run lead. I was looking to see [a pitch] up again and help the team in any way I can. In that particular at-bat, I helped out the guy coming out of the bullpen for the [top of the] ninth. I made it a little easier on him."

When Voyagers reliever Lane Hobbs left an offering up and middle-in, Peters drilled it into the air, again down the left-field line.

"It was a 1-1 pitch and I turned on it," he said. "[Manager Shaun] Larkin teaches us, with two outs and the ball in the air, we better be running, so [Gersel Pitre] was down there hustling [from first base]. He's a catcher too, so he was really busting it [to score]."

Ruiz went 3-for-4, collecting an RBI and a run scored while falling a homer shy of the cycle.

Aaron Schnurbusch, the 28th-round pick of the White Sox, went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. He's batting .375, and in a streak dating to July 1, he's reached base in 38 consecutive games for the Voyagers.

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