Crazy game at Shore Town Ballpark as the Jersey Shore BlueClaws won 10-4 against Aberdeen in a statement win. In the beginning of the game, both pitching staffs had trouble with hitting batters and some wild pitches. Jersey Shore BlueClaws hit four Aberdeen hitters tonight with one to the head. Aberdeen scored their four runs in the second and third innings. BlueClaws scored the ten runs in the second, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh. The offense was more balanced than yesterday's game with most of them getting multiple hits tonight.
The Jersey Shore Blue Claws pitching was suspect tonight starting with Dominic Pipkin who went 2.1 innings, allowing seven hits, four runs, zero walks and two strikeouts. His season era rose to 8.06 with his performance. Cristian Hernandez was the first pitcher out of the bullpen and picked up the win (3-3.) He pitched 3.0 innings, allowing three hits, zero runs, one walk and two strikeouts to lower his season era to 6.15.
Left-handed pitcher J.P. Woodward was the third pitcher used and picked up the hold. He went 0.2 innings, allowing zero hits and walks with two strikeouts to lower his era to 8.41. Jonathan Hughes came into to close the game. He went 3.0 innings, allowing only one hit and striking out three to bring his era to 3.66 now on the season.
Jersey Shore BlueClaws offense was dominant tonight against Aberdeen pitching scoring ten runs total. De La Cruz had one hit, scored two runs and walked once to bring his batting average to .277 on the season. Right fielder Ethan Wilson had one hit, three RBIs and one walk to bring his season batting average to .245. Center fielder Johan Rojas had one hit 1 hit, scored once, drove in one and walked once to bring his batting average to .232.
Third baseman DJ Stewart had a huge game. He had three hits, including a pair of solo home runs, and scored three times to raise his season batting average up to .224. DH Herbert Iser had one run, two hits and two RBIs with his season batting average now at .364. They were able to get the pitches to hit on, take advantage of the three errors from Aberdeen and was better with runners in scoring position.
Rojas and Stewart are the two players that stood out with Rojas going 31 for 31 on stolen bases this season, while Stewart hit two home runs last night. Rojas brings brought the speed element, while Stewart displayed his power. This is exactly what the Jersey Shore BlueClaws needed from the offense.
If they continue like this for most of the games, then they will be in great shape. Rojas has electric speed on this team, he is the type of player you need on a winning team to help win games in a big way like last night. Stewart's power is legit, but he had been struggling coming into the game. His huge game should give him the confidence moving forward.
After this win, the Jersey Shore BlueClaws improve their record to 24-36 as they continue the series against Aberdeen at home in Shore Town Ball Park. Tonight, top prospect Mick Abel will take the mound for the Jersey Shore BlueClaws as he tries to carry the momentum from tonight's game. Abel is 4-4 with a 3.56 era so far this season. When Abel is on, he has outstanding stuff and his pitches are electric.
Look For The Jersey Shore BlueClaws To Carry The Momentum With Top Prospect Mick Abel On The Mound Tomorrow Night Against Aberdeen With First Pitch At 7:05
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