Game 88: Trenton Thunder (48-39) @ Reading Phillies (44-43)

The Reading Phillies' Mascot Band performed before today's games. My, those mascots are coordinated!

The Thunder will attempt to put an end to their season-long losing streak of six games on Saturday night in Reading when the team takes on the R-Phils for game two of a four-game set.  The last time the Thunder won a game, Derek Jeter was occupying shortstop at Waterfront Park one week ago tonight.  The Eastern League All Star break will take place next week, immediately after this four-game series ends.

LHP Shaeffer Hall will make his first start for the Thunder since June 19 tonight as he gets the ball against the R-Phils.  Hall appeared in two relief appearances for the Thunder on the back of two Phil Hughes rehab appearances, then was briefly called up to AAA on Monday for a start.  In that outing, Hall picked up a win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the AAA Affiliate of the Phillies.  In three starts against the R-Phils this season, Hall is 1-1 with a 5.06 ERA.

RHP Austin Hyatt will get the pearl from Mark Parent tonight in this second game of the four-game series.  The 2011 Eastern League All Star last worked on Monday when he allowed five runs in four innings in a no decision in Bowie.  Hyatt has worked three times against the Thunder this season, faring 1-1 with a 4.34 ERA in those outings.

The Bank of Princeton’s Hank’s Take it to the Bank:  The Thunder and R-Phils will combine to hit at least three homeruns tonight.  Season Stats: 36 wins, 44 losses (streak: L2)



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