Coming off the team’s best offensive performance of the season last night, scoring 17 runs in a win over Richmond, the Thunder hope that they have saved some runs for Sunday’s game in an attempt to salvage a series split. After breaking an eight-game losing streak against the Squirrels last night, the Thunder and Squirrels will play each other for the final time in 2011 on Sunday afternoon. After on off day Monday, the Thunder welcome a depleted Akron Aeros team to town for a three-game set.
LHP Steve Garrison returns from the Major Leagues to make his eleventh start of the season for the Thunder. Garrison made his Major League debut on Monday, hurling the final two outs of a Yankees win over the Mariners at Yankee Stadium. The last time the Ewing, NJ native appeared in a Thunder uniform was July 15. In that start, which came on the first day of the second half, Garrison hurled six innings of one-run baseball in a win over the Reading Phillies at Waterfront Park.
LHP Clayton Tanner will make his eighteenth start of the season for the Squirrels on Sunday afternoon at Waterfront Park. In his last outing, a start in Erie on Tuesday, Tanner hurled 3.2 innings and gave up four runs on seven hits in a loss. This will be the first appearance for the lefty against the Thunder this season.
The Bank of Princeton’s Hank’s Take it to the Bank: The Thunder will score less than nine runs and win. Season Stats: .445 batting average (45-101, hit streak: -1)