Just two consecutive losses shy of tying the franchise’s longest losing streak, the Thunder will try to avoid losing their ninth straight game on Monday in the first half’s final game. In the final game of an eight-game road trip and a four-game series with the Reading Phillies, Trenton is also trying to avoid being swept on the road for the third time this season. After Monday’s first half finale and the All Star break, the Thunder will welcome the R-Phils to Waterfront Park for the start of a four-game series on Thursday.
RHP Craig Heyer will pitch on just three days rest for the Thunder in this series finale. The righty was cruising in Richmond on Thursday in game two of a doubleheader before allowing back-to-back doubles to allow the Squirrels to tie the game and take the lead. This will be Heyer’s second start of the season against the Phillies. On May 26, the righty hurled six shutout innings and only allowed two hits in a win at FirstEnergy Stadium. The team leader in wins, Heyer enters Monday’s start ranked tenth in the Eastern League in ERA (3.19).
RHP B.J. Rosenberg will make his eleventh start of the season for the R-Phils on Monday. This will be the righty’s second start against the Thunder in 2011. Rosenberg opposed Heyer on May 26 and allowed two runs on five hits in a loss. Rosenberg last worked Wednesday in Bowie, giving up four runs on seven hits in a loss.
The Bank of Princeton’s Hank’s Take it to the Bank: The Thunder will get a baserunner against Brad Lidge today. Season Stats: 36 wins, 46 losses (streak: L4)