After a rough 1-6 homestand, the Thunder started their brief, three-game series and road trip to Altoona with an 8-2 defeat last night. The defeat dropped the Thunder, who have lost 23 of 33 games dating back to July 1, to six games back of first place New Hampshire in the Eastern League’s Eastern Division. However, Reading’s loss keeps Trenton just one game back of the R-Phils for the Eastern Division’s Wild Card spot. After two more games with Altoona and a three-game set with Binghamton at Waterfront Park, the Thunder will play nine of their next 13 games against teams currently in playoff contention.
RHP Criag Heyer will make his nineteenth start of the season for the Thunder tonight and his third start of the season against the Curve. In the two previous outings, the righty has gone 0-1 with a 1.64 ERA, allowing just two runs in a combined 11 innings. The last time Heyer worked, he appeared in relief on a piggy-back with Steve Garrison on Sunday at home against Richmond. The Arizona native allowed one run on five hits in five frames.
RHP Aaron Pribanic will start for the twenty-second time this season tonight for the Curve and for the third time this season against the Thunder. In two previous starts against Trenton this season, the righty and former Nebraska Cornhusker is 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA. The Eastern League-leader in BB/9.0 IP ratio last worked on Sunday and received a loss, allowing six runs in 3.1 innings, in Portland.
The Bank of Princeton’s Hank’s Take it to the Bank: The Thunder will reach double-digit hits tonight. Season Stats: .443 batting average (47-106, hit streak: -1)