Braves end play­off bid with shutout loss

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - ROME BRAVES By Blake Sil­vers bsil­[email protected]

The Rome Braves came into last Fri­day’s game down 0-1 to the Lex­ing­ton Leg­ends in the South At­lantic League South­ern Di­vi­sion Se­ries, need­ing a win to stay alive in the best of three se­ries. It wasn’t to be, how­ever, as Rome’s bats couldn’t get go­ing in a 6-0 loss.

Rome wraps up the sea­son with a 71-67 com­bined record in­clud­ing the play­offs and the South At­lantic League South­ern Di­vi­sion first half ti­tle un­der their belt.

“You can’t win if you don’t score,” Braves man­ager Rocket Wheeler said. “We’ve got noth­ing to be sorry for. We’re proud and I’m proud of those kids. We gave it our best shot and fell short.”

Rome sent Wal­ter Borkovich to the mound car­ry­ing a 4-1 reg­u­lar sea­son record into the play­offs and a 1.83 ERA. Lex­ing­ton starter Daniel Lynch, a first round pick for the Royals ear­lier this sea­son, got the ball for his team.

Lex­ing­ton’s Cal Jones led off the third with a solo home run just over the glove of Rome left fielder Shean Michel to put the Leg­ends up 1-0.

Brewer Hicklen kept the fourth in­ning alive for Lex­ing­ton’s of­fense with a two out ground rule dou­ble over the right cen­ter field fence. He scored when Rome sec­ond base­man Kevin Josephina bob­bled a ground ball, al­low­ing Hicklen to score and giv­ing the Leg­ends a 2-0 lead.

The Leg­ends had some base run­ners in the fifth, but failed to score then Lynch was re­placed by Daniel Duarte in the bot­tom half of the in­ning. Lynch fin­ished al­low­ing no runs on three hits through four in­nings, walk­ing one and strik­ing out three Braves.

Borkovich fin­ished hav­ing al­lowed two runs — one earned — on five hits through five in­nings. He struck out four on the night. Kelvin Ro­driguez came on for Rome in the sixth.

The sixth and seventh in­nings were score­less for both teams be­fore Lex­ing­ton broke it wide open with four runs in the eighth, all off of At­lanta Braves re­liever Jose Ramirez who was on a re­hab as­sign­ment with Rome.

At­lanta closer Arodys Viz­caino, also on re­hab, kept the Leg­ends score­less in the ninth, but the lead was too much for Rome’s lineup to over­come, bring­ing the 2018 cam­paign to a close with a 6-0 loss.

Lex­ing­ton had nine hits in the game to Rome’s six, but made the most of their base run­ners. Each team had an er­ror on the night.

/ Blake Sil­vers

Rome Braves pitcher Wal­ter Borkovich got the start ver­sus the Lex­ing­ton Leg­ends in game two of the South At­lantic League South­ern Di­vi­sion Se­ries Fri­day night at State Mu­tual Sta­dium.

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