Game 77: New Hampshire Fisher Cats (44-32) @ Trenton Thunder (46-28)

Ladies and gentlemen, that is a fisher cat...

Kicking off a seven-game homestand, the Thunder took game one of a three-game set with the first-place New Hampshire Monday night 6-4. After sweeping the Fisher Cats at Waterfront Park in early June, the Thunder have now won four straight games against New Hampshire. This is the third of four trips to central New Jersey for the Fisher Cats in 2011. Trenton, who opened the 2011 season in New Hampshire, will return to Manchester just
once more.

LHP Manny Banuelos will make his fifteenth start of the season for the Thunder after grabbing a win over the Portland Sea Dogs on Thursday. In the outing at Hadlock Field, the lefty did not allow a hit until the fifth inning, a solo homerun, and ended up giving up two runs in his five frames. Banuelos received a no decision against New Hampshire on April 30 at Waterfront Park.

RHP Jesse Litsch will make his second rehab appearance with New Hampshire, battling a shoulder injury, as the righty tries to get back to Toronto’s rotation. The Pinellas Park, Florida, native hurled 3.2 innings of four-hit ball on Thursday at home against Altoona. Litsch, a member of the Fisher Cats rotation for parts of the 2006 and 2007 seasons, made his Major League debut on May 15, 2007.

The Bank of Princeton’s Hank’s Take it to the Bank: The Thunder will not make an error today. Season Stats: 30 wins, 41 losses (streak: W2)

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