Tonight at Shore Town Park, the Jersey Shore BlueClaws fell short 3-2 at home against Aberdeen as they are now 23-36 on the season. The headline tonight was the pitching matchup between Jean Pinto for Aberdeen and Griff McGarry with for the BlueClaws. It was a low scoring game as both pitching staffs were racking up the strikeouts. Former MLB player Todd Frazier made an appearance tonight helping raising money for Children Specialized Hospital and one of the kids threw the first pitch to him.
McGarry was great in the beginning but gave up three runs in the third inning. His pitching stat line tonight was 6.0 innings, five hits, three runs, one walk and 10 strikeouts. His season era lowered to 4.84 after his performance. Colton Cowser blasted a two-run shot, while Coby Mayo hit a solo shot against McGarry in the third.
Carlos Reyes came in after McGarry, throwing a perfect seventh inning and striking out two to bring his era to 4.15. Andrew Baker also pitched a perfect inning and picked up a strikeout to bring his era to 8.05. Jason Ruffcorn closed the game as he did not allow a hit or a walk, which dropped his season era to 4.87.
The Jersey Shore BlueClaws' offense only scored two runs tonight against Aberdeen pitching. They were unable to capitalize on the two errors Aberdeen made during the game. BlueClaws' offense has been too inconsistent this season, as they need to get better with runners in scoring position. They also have to cut down on the strikeouts because the BlueClaws struck out 14 times tonight. Aberdeen's pitching was able to get the pitches they wanted, as the BlueClaws swung at pitches that were balls, were overthinking their at-bats and not working the count that much during the game.
Another player to watch out for with the Jersey Shore BlueClaws is McGarry, who was outstanding tonight and gave the team a chance to win. McGarry is one of the top prospects here with Mick Abel and has brought his stock up by working hard every day, continuing to get better and changing up his pitches.
McGarry, who is from Portola Valley, California, went to Virginia for college. He had a great college career and was drafted by the Phillies in the fifth round with 145th overall pick during 2021 draft. McGarry has high upside and potentially can be a top of the rotation guy for the Phillies someday a long with Abel.
Aberdeen's pitching was lights out tonight. Pinto started the game, going 4.0 innings and allowing four hits, two runs (one earned), zero walks and four strikeouts. He improved his era to 4.95 on the season with his performance. Houston Roth came in for long relief as he went 4.0 innings and allowed only one hit and one walk to go along with eight strikeouts. His season era is now at 3.89. Xavier Moore picked up his fifth save of the season as he pitched a perfect ninth inning, which included a pair of strikeouts.
Look For the BlueClaws To Bounce Back Tomorrow As They Continue The Series Against Aberdeen At Home. Biggest Key For Them Is Staying Consistent With The Offense, Having A Better Approach At The Plate Against Aberdeen Pitching And If They Do That, Then They Will Be Fine. The Pitching Has Been Keeping Them In Games This Season.