Owners of the most wins in the Eastern League (47), the Thunder look to win their seventh straight game tonight in game two of a four-game set with the Altoona Curve at Waterfront Park. The Thunder also turn the calendar page over to July tonight after winning their final six games in the month of June. The Curve took two out of three from the Thunder in early June and became the first of just two teams to win a series a Waterfront Park in 2011. This four-game, July Fourth weekend series will wrap a seven-game homestand in Trenton.
RHP Dellin Betances comes off a dominant outing on Sunday to make his fourteenth start of the season for the Thunder. The righty from Brooklyn hurled six, one-hit innings to beat the Rock Cats in New Britain in his last start to grab his first win since May 20. Betances faces the Curve for the first time in 2011 after taking the loss in game two of the Eastern League Championship series last September.
RHP Phillip Irwin will make his third career Double A start Friday night at Waterfront Park. The former Ole Miss Rebel has fared 1-1 in his first two starts, allowing three earned runs in eleven innings combined. In ten starts for the Florida State League Bradenton Marauders this season, Irwin was 5-0 with a 2.03 ERA. Irwin, a Memphis native, was selected by the Pirates in the 21st round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
The Bank of Princeton’s Hank’s Take it to the Bank: Unlike his last start, Dellin Betances will walk less than four in this outing. Season Stats: 32 wins, 42 losses (streak: W2)