The Thunder will try to avoid being swept at the hands of the Binghamton Mets on Thursday evening at Waterfront Park in the final meeting between the two squads in 2011. Despite losing ten of twelve games, the Thunder still find themselves just one game back of the Reading Phillies and the Eastern League’s Eastern Division’s Wild Card spot. After Thursday’s series finale with the Mets, the Thunder embark on the Western Division cities of Harrisburg and Erie for a three-game and four-game set, respectively.
LHP Steve Garrison will make his third start for the Thunder since returning from the Majors and his thirteenth overall start of the season. On Friday evening in Altoona, the lefty received the loss, surrendering three runs on ten hits in five innings. Since appearing in one game for the Yankees on July 25, Garrison is 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in two starts. The Ewing, NJ-native and former Brewers and Padres farmhand has never faced the Binghamton Mets in his career.
RHP Brandon Moore gets the nod from Wally Backman and will make his 22nd start of the season Thursday evening at Waterfront Park. Moore, the B-Mets team leader in wins, last appeared on Friday at home against Reading. The righty allowed three runs on five hits in six frames and picked up his fourth straight win. Since falling to 5-7 on July 2, Moore has gone 4-0 with a 3.08 ERA in six outings for Binghamton. Moore was a 14th round selection by the Mets in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Indiana Wesleyan University.
The Bank of Princeton’s Hank’s Take it to the Bank: The Thunder will not make an error today. Season Stats: .455 batting average (50-110, hit streak: +1)