McGrath gives Black Sox a boost in Stan Musial East Coast World Series

Bristol Knights left-hander Chris McGrath was drafted by the Terryville Black Sox ahead of the Stan Musial East Coast World Series being played this weekend.

Terryville was familiar with McGrath, given they have faced him during Connecticut Twilight League play. The Black Sox liked what they saw and added McGrath to an already strong pitching rotation.

McGrath was pressed into duty in the second inning of Saturday’s first game against the Albany (N.Y.) Athletics after an injury to a starting pitcher. McGrath told Terryville he would give them all he had, given Bristol had been eliminated from the CTL playoffs.

McGrath gave it his all, and then some, winning games against Albany and the Braintree (Mass.) White Sox at Torrington’s Fuessenich Park. McGrath went 4 1/3 innings and gave up two runs in both games. He started the game against Braintree. McGrath’s mix of fastballs and offspeed kept hitters off-balance and often induced weak contact.

McGrath’s efforts, along with those of closer Joe Rivera of the New Britain Rock Cats of the CTL, helped Terryville reach championship Sunday with a 3-0 record. One win today gives the Black Sox their first Stan Musial World Series title.

PHOTO GALLERY: Chris McGrath, right, gets some well-deserved kudos after pitching in his second straight game for the Terryville Black Sox on Saturday during the Stan Musial East Coast World Series at Fuessenich Park in Torrington.