The Trenton Thunder will welcome Derek Jeter to their lineup Saturday night for the first of two rehab games, looking to bounce back from a 10-5 trouncing at the hands of the Altoona Curve Friday night at Waterfront Park. The Captain joins a Thunder team that will try to avoid losing back-to-back games at home for just the second time all season tonight in game three of the our-game set with the Curve, the defending Eastern League Champions. This four-game, July Fourth weekend series will wrap a seven-game homestand in Trenton.
RHP Craig Heyer will make his thirteenth start of the season for the Thunder tonight, coming off of his best outing of the season. On Monday, the righty hurled seven innings of two-run ball to grab a win over the New Hampshire. Heyer has faced the Curve once this season. On May 31, he was the tough-luck loser against the Curve, surrendering just two runs in six frames in a 2-1 Thunder loss.
RHP Michael Colla starts tonight for the Curve tonight for the thirteenth time in 2011 and will make his third career appearance against the Thunder. The righty and former Arizona Wildcat pitched two relief outings against Trenton in 2010, including his Double A debut when he allowed five runs in 1.2 innings. Colla last worked on Monday in Reading and picked up the loss when he allowed three runs in 6.2 frames.
The Bank of Princeton’s Hank’s Take it to the Bank: Derek Jeter will secure Thunder career hit number nine tonight. Season Stats: 33 wins, 42 losses (streak: W3)