The Thunder open the final home series of the season, a four-game set with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, looking to put an end to a five-game losing streak. The losses have plummeted the Thunder into a tie for the season’s low-water mark at four games under .500. Entering a stretch of nine games played in eight days to finish the season, the Thunder now stand 3.5 games back of the New Britain Rock Cats and the Eastern Division’s Wild Card spot.
RHP Craig Heyer gets the pearl to open the season’s final home series, looking to bounce-back from a rough outing in his last start. On Tuesday in Manchester, NH, the righty allowed seven runs in 5.2 innings in a Thunder 9-1 blowout loss. Heyer is still 3-1 with a 4.09 against New Hampshire this season in three starts and one relief appearance. Tuesday’s loss was also Heyer’s first loss since July 21.
RHP Nestor Molina looks to continue his sensational start with New Hampshire as he makes his fourth career AA start on Monday night. The 22-year-old righty from Valencia, Venezuela last worked on Tuesday against the Thunder, giving up just two hits in five frames. In 16 innings to start out his AA career, Molina has allowed just one run and has struck out 24, mostly with his devastating splitter.
The Bank of Princeton’s Hank’s Take it to the Bank: The two teams will combine to score less than ten runs in the game tonight. Season Stats: .468 batting average (58-124, hit streak: +4)