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Borkowski's strong outing not enough for Ottawa

2018 May 28

The right-hander's complete game resulted in seven Miners hits and just two earned runs.

GRAHAM NEYSMITH
 

OTTAWA – RHP Steve Borkowski gave the Ottawa Champions the solid pitching performance manager Hal Lanier asked for from his starting pitchers, but the Champions fell 2-1 in a close game against the Sussex County Miners. 

Both teams were efficient on the evening - the game only took two hours and two minutes to complete, which goes down as the fastest nine-inning game in Champions history. 

Borkowksi took the mound after having started for Ottawa’s first win of the year last Sunday against Trois-Rivières. The righty, who is in his third season with the club, cruised through the first four innings, but then gave up runs in the fifth and the sixth innings.
 
However, Borkowski should great resiliency, holding the Miners at bay in the seventh and eighth innings and retiring the last sixth batters he faced. Despite his strong outing, he was saddled with the loss on Saturday.
 
Ottawa’s bats emerged in their last series against the New Jersey Jackals, but they fell silent at Skylands Stadium. Only four Champions could register a hit, as four Miners’ hurlers held the visiting squad a bay.
 
The Champs’ lone run came in the eighth innings thanks to same great work on the base paths by OF Coco Johnson. Johnson hit a double (meaning he has now reached base in seven straight contests) and then stole third. RHP Kenny Koplove threw a wild pitch and Johnson came around to score.
 
The Champions (4-4) will look to take the series against the Miners in the rubber match tomorrow at 2:05 p.m. Ottawa will then stay south of the board and open up a three-game set with the New Jersey Jackals on Tuesday, May 29, before returning to RCGT Park to welcome the Miners’ starting on June 1.
 
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