Game 96: Erie SeaWolves (46-49) @ Trenton Thunder (50-45)

Yes, that is the Pirates atop the National League Central Division on the Tom McCarthy Radio Booth Major League Standings Board.

Today’s Game Notes

Losers of three straight home games for the first time in 2011, the Thunder head into Tuesday’s middle game with Erie with a chance to still claim the series.  After splitting a rain-shortened series in Erie in May, the Thunder fell to the SeaWolves on Monday night 5-4.  This is the first and only time the SeaWolves will venture across the entire state of Pennsylvania to take on the Thunder at Waterfront Park.

LHP Shaeffer Hall will make his second start of the season against the SeaWolves tonight at Waterfront Park.  Hall, who ranks second on the team with seventeen starts, last worked on Thursday when he surrendered four runs on four hits in five innings against Reading.  On May 19, the former Kansas Jayhawk allowed five runs in five frames in a contest the Thunder won 9-6 in 16 innings.  So far this season, Hall has started ten times following a Thunder loss, leading the team to an 8-2 record in that span.

LHP Jay Voss will make his eleventh start of the season for the SeaWolves tonight in hopes to pitch his team to a series win over the Thunder at the Waterfront.  Voss, a former Marlins’ farmhand, has not faced the Thunder in 2011, but made four relief appearances against Trenton in 2010.  In those four outings, the lefty and Illinois native surrendered 19 runs on 16 hits in 6.0 innings (27.00 ERA).  Voss last worked on Thursday when he picked up a win (3 R, 6.0 IP) at home against Altoona.

The Bank of Princeton’s Hank’s Take it to the Bank:  With the recent promotions of Thunder alums Steve Garrison and Brandon Laird to the Yankees, we are predicting one of those players will make his Major League debut tonight in Tampa.  Season Stats: 37 wins, 51 losses (streak: W1)

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