2018-08-09 / Sports

Borkovich earns call-up

by Grant McPherson
of the Enterprise staff


WALTER BORKOVICH continues his wind-up motion to deliver the baseball to home plate in a game for the Rome Braves. 
Photo courtesy of JenniferBorkovich WALTER BORKOVICH continues his wind-up motion to deliver the baseball to home plate in a game for the Rome Braves. Photo courtesy of JenniferBorkovich The phone rings, Walter Borkovich answers.

A big smile comes across his face as he hears the news.

Borkovich was called up to the High-A Florida Fire Frogs in the Atlanta Braves minor league system.

“It feels great,” Borkovich said of his call up. “Everything was going right in the first half of the season, and we are looking to make the playoffs in Florida.”

The phone call was fairly simple. He was told he was being called up, and packed for the trip to join the Fire Frogs.

In his last appearance for the Rome Braves, Borkovich earned his fifth hold. He pitched two innings, surrendering two hits and one earned run.

This year, Borkovich has compiled a record of 4-1 with a 2.08 earned run average. The Traverse City native appeared in 28 games for the Braves, and earned two saves in 47.2 innings pitched.

“It was great to be with the Braves,” he said. “Our goal at the beginning of the season was to win the Southern League. Everything was working like a well-oiled machine.”

In his last 10 performances for Rome, he pitched 20.2 innings. In those innings, he surrendered 20 hits with five earned runs and six walks. He also struck out 12 batters and compiled a 2.18 ERA.

“I’m going to finish off the rest of the season as strong as I can,” Borkovich said.

Borkovich said the Fire Frogs have been welcoming. He started the game on Saturday, August 4 going five innings and only gave up three hits. He also struck out four in his first career minor league start.

In his career in the minor leagues, Borkovich has earned a record of 7-3 with a 2.03 career earned run average. He has appeared in 45 games and started one of them.

Borkovich has also earned five saves in nine opportunities, showing his versatility of being a starter and a closer. He has pitched in 80 minor league innings, and surrendered 79 hits, but only walking 16 in the process.

Opponents have hit just .252 against the Traverse City native, as Borkovich continues to shine on the mound.

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