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Sounds Rally Late, Lose in Extras

Sounds Rally Late, Lose in Extras

Posted on 17 July 2015 by Allen

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The Nashville Sounds lost 7-5 in 10 innings to the Omaha Storm Chasers in front of a sold out First Tennessee Park in their first game after the All-Star break.

Dayan Viciedo started the scoring for the Sounds, driving Joey Wendle in from first with an opposite field triple. The home team would then load the bases the following inning and tally another run, going up 2-0.

The game remained that way until the fourth inning when Barry Zito ran into trouble. Keyed by four hits and a costly error from Nate Freiman, Omaha sent all nine batters to the plate and opened up a 4-2 advantage over the Sounds.

Nashville sliced the lead in half in the fifth inning, posting four consecutive hits to start the frame. Wendle picked up his 39th RBI of the season, driving in Niuman Romero. Craig Gentry would tie the game up the following inning, bunting Carson Blair home to knot the game up at four and securing Zito a no-decision. The veteran southpaw surrendered just two earned runs over six innings, notching his team-leading 11th quality start of the season.

Brett Eibner started the top of the ninth with a double off of Sounds reliever Brock Huntzinger and was bunted over to third. He then scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Whit Merrifield.

The Sounds did not go down without a fight however. After Romero lined out, Gentry and Wendle registered base hits. Gentry would score on a wild pitch to tie the game. Wendle attempted to go to third when Francisco Pena’s throw went wide of pitcher Scott Alexander, but was thrown out by Balbino Fuenmayor.

Huntzinger struggled in the top of the tenth, walking the first two batters he faced. Ryan Cook came in and threw a wild pitch to Pena allowing the runners to advance and forcing Cook to intentionally walk the bases loaded. Cook would get Brett Eibner to strikeout, but then conceded a two-run single to Moises Sierra. The Sounds would go down in order in the tenth.

The Sounds and Storm Chasers will resume the series tomorrow night at First Tennessee Park. Sounds win-leader Zach Neal (7-3, 3.63) will be on the mound and will face Miguel Almonte who will make his Triple-A debut. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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Sounds Routed 12-3 In Memphis To Enter All-Star Break

Sounds Routed 12-3 In Memphis To Enter All-Star Break

Posted on 12 July 2015 by Allen

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The Memphis Redbirds legged out 13 hits, including six for extra bases, during a 12-3 rout of the Nashville Sounds on Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park in the final game before the All-Star break.

With the loss, the Sounds (41-50) dropped three of five to their cross-state rivals in the series and finished the road trip with a 4-5 record.

Memphis left-hander Tyler Lyons (6-4) picked up the victory by twirling his seventh quality start of the year, holding Nashville to two runs on five hits while fanning six over his seven innings of work.

Max Muncy opened the day’s scoring when he homered for the second straight day, crushing a two-run homer to right off Lyons in the top of the second inning. Dayan Viciedo (2-for-3), who preceded Muncy with a single and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, also scored on the longball, Muncy’s fourth of the year as a Sound.

Nashville finished with 12 home runs on their nine-game road trip and have belted 14 big flies in July, the club’s best monthly total of the year (with 16 games left to play before August).

Memphis jumped out to a 4-2 lead with a four-run third against Sounds starter Nate Long. After the Redbirds pieced together three consecutive one-out singles to etch across the first run, right fielder Jeremy Hazelbaker smashed a two-out, three-run homer to right off the Nashville right-hander to put the home team on top, a lead they would never relinquish.

The Redbirds stretched their lead to 6-2 in the fourth on a two-run Travis Tartamella single off Long (1-2), who was tagged with the loss after surrendering six runs on seven hits over his five frames of work.

Memphis shortstop Greg Garcia plated Rafael Ortega with a sixth-inning sacrifice fly against Sounds reliever Aaron Kurcz, which extended the ‘Birds advantage to 7-2.

After Alex Mejia’s two-out RBI double in the seventh inning chased Kurcz from the contest, Memphis tacked on four more runs against Ryan Cook in the eighth. Stephen Piscotty mashed a two-run homer to left-center, the infielder’s 11th roundtripper of the season, and Nick Martini added a two-run double.

The Sounds closed out the scoring in the top of the ninth against an inefficient Keith Butler, who issued four walks in the frame including a four-pitch, bases-loaded free pass to Craig Gentry with two outs to force in the afternoon’s final run.

The Sounds enjoy the next three days off during the Triple-A All-Star break before resuming play with a 7:05 p.m. home contest at First Tennessee Park on Thursday evening, when they welcome the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA-Royals) to Music City. Left-hander Barry Zito (6-7, 3.60) will toe the slab for the Sounds in Thursday’s opener of a four-game series. Omaha has not announced its starting pitcher for the contest.

Outfielder Jason Pridie will represent Nashville and the Pacific Coast League during Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game at Werner Park in Papillion, Neb. The 7:00 p.m. CT contest will air locally on 102.5 The Game as well as nationally on the MLB Network.

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Sounds Drop Fourth Straight

Sounds Drop Fourth Straight

Posted on 21 June 2015 by Allen

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Behind a four-run eighth inning, the Omaha Storm Chasers came from behind to hand the Nashville Sounds their fourth-straight home loss, 5-3 on Saturday night.

It was a historic night at beautiful First Tennessee Park as the facility reached capacity for the third-straight night. The sellout streak is a record for Nashville baseball during the PCL era (1998 – present).

Nashville fell behind 1-0 early and they did not record a hit until the fifth inning. Niuman Romero ended the cold spell with a single, but was thrown out at home trying to score from first on a Craig Gentry double. Fortunately for the Sounds, next batter Joey Wendle doubled to score Gentry and tie the game. Wendle now leads the Sounds with 27 extra-base hits, while Gentry extended his hitting streak to a season-high 10 games.

Five years to the date that Dayan Viciedo made his major league debut, he made another debut: his first game with the Sounds. The Cuban slugger went 1-for-5 in his first game, including a triple in the sixth inning. He would score on a sacrifice fly by the next batter Jason Pridie, and the Sounds led 2-1.

Chris Bassitt pitched excellent for the Sounds, surrendering just one run on three hits in his first seven innings, but he ran into some bad luck in the eighth inning.

Omaha’s first three batters in the frame reached, allowing the Storm Chasers to tie the game at two and ending Bassitt’s day. Ryan Cook came out of the bullpen and unfortunately encountered similar misfortune. Paulo Orlando reached on a bunt single, loading the bases. Next man up, Cheslor Cuthbert then delivered a massive blow, taking Cook’s fastball the other way, doubling down the right-field line. Two runs scored, both of which were charged to Bassitt who took the loss (2-6). The Storm Chasers would add another run in the frame to make it 5-2.

Scary moment in the bottom of the ninth as Alden Carrithers was hit in the head by a fastball. The Sounds utility man was ultimately fine and stayed in the game. The Sounds would add a run in the frame courtesy of a Wendle RBI single, but would leave two on base as they fell to their fourth straight defeat.

The Sounds and Storm Chasers will finish up their four-game set tomorrow on Father’s Day. Sean Nolin (1-0, 1.40) gets the ball for Nashville. He will be opposed by Andy Ferguson (1-2, 5.68). The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive baseball hats courtesy of Advanced Financial. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05.

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Nashville Drops Series Opener Against Memphis

Nashville Drops Series Opener Against Memphis

Posted on 16 June 2015 by Allen

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The Sounds fell victim to an early deficit and dropped the series opener against the Memphis Redbirds at First Tennessee Park on Monday night, 5-2.

The loss was the team’s fifth straight defeat and put Nashville’s home record to 15-14. The Sounds had their chances, going 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, but saw the Redbirds take the first game in the I-40 Cup Series.

Memphis stormed out to a 4-0 lead off Sounds’ starter Chris Bassitt. Tommy Pham got the ‘Birds on the board when he blooped a two-run single in the first. Rafael Ortega hit a double and scored in the second and then produced a run-scoring triple in the third.

Bassitt came into the start having allowed just one run in four prior games at First Tennessee Park, but labored through five innings and fell to 2-5 on the season. The right-hander gave up four runs on six hits, fanning six in the process. His pitch count elevated quickly, as the 26-year old threw two wild pitches and walked three with his season-high 107 pitches.

Nashville had a tough time figuring out Memphis starter Nick Greenwood, who established season highs with six strikeouts and 6 1/3 innings. The Sounds collected only two hits off the left-hander, who improved to 5-1 with the win.

Niuman Romero and Ryan Roberts had the early hits off Greenwood. With the third-inning single, Romero has reached base in 28 of his last 30 games.

The Sounds did eventually get a pair of runs to cross the plate in the eighth. Craig Gentry reached on an infield single with two away and Joey Wendle added his team-leading 24th extra-base hit to set up runners at second and third. Rehabbing first baseman Ike Davis followed by beating the shift during his at-bat, slapping a single to the left side that scored both runners.

Ryan Verdugo, who had a rough outing against Oklahoma City on Friday, delivered two innings of hitless relief, while R.J. Alvarez struck out the side in his second consecutive outing during the ninth.

The cross-state rivals continue the three-game set on Tuesday at First Tennessee Park. The pitching matchup will feature a battle of the lefties, as Sean Nolin (0-0, 1.71) will duel with John Gast in the 7:05 p.m. game.

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Oklahoma City Takes Third Straight From Nashville

Oklahoma City Takes Third Straight From Nashville

Posted on 14 June 2015 by Allen

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For the first time this season Sounds’ starter Zach Neal was beaten, as Oklahoma City defeated Nashville 6-4 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Saturday night.

Neal had five wins in as many appearances with Nashville posting a 1.60 ERA entering tonight’s action, including a win over Oklahoma City at First Tennessee Park on April 24. After giving up just six runs all season, the Dodgers matched that total, knocking the Sounds’ starter out of the game with just one out in the fifth.

Jason Pridie continued to be a bright spot for Nashville crushing his team-leading seventh homer of the season in the sixth inning. In addition to home runs, the outfielder leads the sounds in most of the major offensive categories including AVG (.307) and RBI (37).

The Sounds cut the deficit in half in the seventh inning courtesy of a pair of Dodgers’ miscues. After Bryan Anderson doubled to extend his hitting streak to a season-best six games, Alden Carrithers hit a routine grounder to second that Hector Olivera fired by Dodgers first baseman Andy Wilkins allowing Anderson to score. Carrithers took second on the play and later moved to third. He then scored when Matt West threw a wild pitch.

A pair of Nashville right-handers put the Sounds in a position to attempt a comeback. Dan Otero threw 2.2 scoreless innings of relief for Neal, while R.J. Alvarez looked particularly dominant striking out the side in the eighth. The Sounds scored a run in the ninth via a Niuman Romero RBI single, but that was all they could muster as they fell for the third time in as many nights in Oklahoma City.

The Sounds will send Brad Mills to the mound as they look to avoid the sweep tomorrow night at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. He will be opposed by Deck McGuire. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.

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Dodgers Spoil Griffin’s Rehab Start

Dodgers Spoil Griffin’s Rehab Start

Posted on 13 June 2015 by Allen

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The Oklahoma City Dodgers spoiled A.J. Griffin’s first rehab start with the Nashville Sounds winning 11-7 at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Friday night.

Griffin lasted 4.1 innings surrendering six runs, five of which were earned. The right-hander gave up four home runs, while striking out five and was responsible for a throwing error that led to a run scoring in the first. All in all, the Dodgers hit five home runs on the night, tying the most Sounds pitching has yielded in a game this season.

In addition to Griffin, Athletics first baseman Ike Davis also made his first rehab appearance with the Sounds, going 1-for-3 with a double before being lifted for Anthony Aliotti.

It appeared the Sounds were going to suffer their largest loss of the season, but the offense erupted for a five-run ninth that was punctuated by a Jason Pridie three-run homer that made the game 11-7. All in all, the Sounds had 14 hits on the night, including multiple hit games from Aliotti, Luke Carlin, Pridie and Niuman Romero.

After dropping the first two games of the series, the Sounds (29-33) will look to turn things around tomorrow. The odds will be in their favor as they send undefeated (5-0) right-hander Zach Neal to the mound. He will be opposed by Joe Wieland (4-3). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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Sounds Slip Late In Series Opener

Sounds Slip Late In Series Opener

Posted on 11 June 2015 by Allen

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A sixth inning home run doomed the Nashville Sounds during Thursday night’s series opener at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, and Oklahoma City Dodgers grabbed a 3-1 win.

Barry Zito came into tonight’s start with a 21 inning scoreless streak and pushed it all the way to 26.2 before the Dodgers finally struck with a long ball. The scoreless streak started on May 26 for the left-hander and stands as the longest by a Sounds pitcher this season.

The 37-year old ended his night following six frames with the three runs and five strikeouts. Zito never walked a batter for the first time this season, helping him to his fourth consecutive quality start. The veteran’s loss dropped him to 1-4 away from First Tennessee Park.

Oklahoma City starter Scott Baker improved to 5-3 this season with seven innings of one-run ball. Andy Wilkins provided the offense for the Dodgers. The first baseman’s three-run blast was his sixth of the season.

The Nashville offense gave its starter an early lead. Bryan Anderson hit his second home run of the season with one out in the second to jump ahead 1-0. The homer was just the 24th the Sounds have hit this year, the fewest in the league.

The Sounds got a runner to third in both the sixth and eighth innings, but were never able to capitalize. They finished 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position in the loss. Nashville’s six hits each came from a different player, but Oklahoma City was able to outhit the Sounds and take the first game of the four-game set.

Brock Huntzinger had a scoreless streak of his own that was extended. The pitcher delivered a scoreless seventh and moved his streak to 13.2 innings without a run, the longest by a Nashville reliever this year.

Oklahoma City has now won seven of the first nine games against the Sounds this season. Nashville looks to break through tomorrow at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark as they send rehabbing pitcher A.J. Griffin out for the start. The Dodgers are scheduled to pitch Ian Thomas in the 7:05 p.m. contest.

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Zephyrs Spoil Sounds’ First Doubleheader of Season

Zephyrs Spoil Sounds’ First Doubleheader of Season

Posted on 08 June 2015 by Allen

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The New Orleans Zephyrs beat the Nashville Sounds twice on Monday night at Zephyr Field, taking game one 4-3, and game two 3-1.

The first matchup featured the completion of the contest the two teams began on April 27, a game that Arnold Leon initially started. The Zephyrs could not use their original starter, Adam Conley, because he was promoted to Miami yesterday. Leon threw 3.2 innings of scoreless baseball before rain ended his outing the first time.

After the game resumed, Leon retired the first 9 batters he faced before Juan Diaz singled with two outs in the seventh. Leon would walk the next two batters and manager Steve Scarsone went to his bullpen attempting to preserve the 2-0 lead the Sounds had earned via RBI from Joey Wendle and Kent Matthes earlier in the game.

Freshly optioned from Oakland, Dan Otero made his Sounds debut and it was not one the former Duke Blue Devil was likely to want to remember. New Orleans strung together three two-out hits and the Zephyrs took a 4-2 advantage.

The Sounds threatened in the ninth. Craig Gentry led off the frame with his first XBH of the season, lining a double into the right center gap. Next batter, Luke Carlin walked and suddenly the Sounds had the winning run at the plate with no outs in the ninth. After Alden Carrithers and Wendle made outs, Matthes came to the plate already 2-for-4 with an RBI in the contest. The outfielder singled to right and Gentry scored, but Carlin attempted to go to third on the play and was thrown out by Austin Wates to end the first game.

The second game started thirty minutes after the completion of game one. Fresh off a career-high 11 strike outs, Chris Bassitt threw all six innings for the Sounds. The right-hander fanned four, walked four and yielded five hits. The Zephyrs tagged Bassitt for a run in the first and for two more in the third. He threw a season-high 96 pitches.

The game’s most important play came in the second inning. Sounds right fielder Matt Carson drove rehabbing Miami Marlins’ starter Mat Latos’ offering deep to right. Zephyrs right fielder Cole Gillespie timed his leap and kept the ball in the park. The potential home run would’ve given the Sounds a 3-1 advantage.

The Sounds did get on the scoreboard in the fourth inning. Jason Pridie singled and stole second to get into scoring position. He then scored on a Bryan Anderson RBI single.

Once again Gentry did his best to start a rally in the team’s final at bat, this time getting to third with two outs in the seventh – the final inning of a PCL doubleheader – but the tying run, Pridie, grounded out to end the game.

The two teams will finish their series with an 11:00 a.m. start tomorrow, before a scheduled league-wide off day on Wednesday. Sean Nolin is expected to be activated from the disabled list after missing his last start with a strained left groin. Pat Misch will get the ball for New Orleans.

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Bassitt Makes Masterful Start In Sounds 5-1 Win

Bassitt Makes Masterful Start In Sounds 5-1 Win

Posted on 03 June 2015 by Allen

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Nashville received a magnificent start from Chris Bassitt and the offense came alive late to help the Sounds scratch out a 5-1 victory over the Salt Lake Bees on Wednesday night at First Tennessee Park.

The Nashville pitching staff was marvelous yet again, fanning a season-best 15 hitters. Bassitt tossed the club’s 17th quality start and the bullpen failed to allow a run to extend their streak to the last 19.2 innings. The Sounds improved to a league-best 9-1 in their last 10 games.

It was the Bassitt show during Wednesday night’s contest. The right-hander fanned a season-high 11 batters while matching his career-high set on August 9, 2014. The 26-year old collected at least one strikeout in all six of his innings and set the mark for most strikeouts by a Nashville pitcher this season. He allowed one unearned run with five hits and no walks on a season-high 96 pitches. Bassitt’s ERA at First Tennessee Park dropped to 0.44 (1er/20.2ip) in the no-decision.

As good as Bassitt was, Salt Lake hurler Andrew Heaney seemed to be just as sharp. The left-hander held the Sounds to just four hits in 6.2 innings, tying a season-high with nine strikeouts. Heaney got into some trouble by walking four batters, but held Nashville hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position. He took his exit in the seventh and saw two runs charged to him when the bullpen failed to strand his runners.

Heaney got the first two batters out to begin the seventh, but then issued a walk to Luke Carlin and a single to Craig Gentry. Second baseman Joey Wendle then faced Trevor Gott and drew another free pass to load the bases. With the bags packed, Ryan Roberts stepped in and roped a single to right that plated a pair. Roberts had been 0-for-4 this season with the bases loaded, but came up big by driving in the game-winning run.

The Sounds plated three runs of insurance in the eighth inning. Kent Matthes scored when Matt Carson hit a double into the left field corner. Carson and Aliotti both scored later in the frame on RBIs from Carlin and Wendle.

Overall, pitching was what notched Nashville their 25th win. The Sounds have now allowed two runs or less in nine of their last 10 games and have a 1.71 ERA (22er/115.2ip) over the last 13 games. Joe Paterson earned his first win as a Sound, working around a hit and a walk for a scoreless frame. Brock Huntzinger followed it up by pushing his consecutive hitless streak to seven innings by striking out the side in the eighth. R.J. Alvarez rounded out the band of relievers with a scoreless ninth.

The third game of the series gets underway on Thursday at First Tennessee Park as Nashville and Salt Lake will compete in the MiLB Game of the Week on CBS Sports Network. Left-hander Sean Nolin (0-0, 1.08) will take the spotlight for the Sounds and is slated to be opposed by Zach Stewart.

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Barry Zito Named PCL Pitcher Of The Week

Barry Zito Named PCL Pitcher Of The Week

Posted on 01 June 2015 by Allen

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Sounds pitcher Barry Zito has been named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week for the May 25 – 31 period.

The 37-year old was a perfect 2-0 in a pair of starts during the week, shutting out both the Sacramento River Cats and Las Vegas 51s through 14.0 innings of work. He was one of four hurlers to win two games over the week and the only pitcher with two starts to not allow a run. In addition, opponents batted .111 (5-for-45) off him, the third-best mark in the league.

During his return to Sacramento (where he previously played in 2000) on Tuesday, Zito allowed just three hits and added five strikeouts over 6.0 scoreless innings. He finished the outing by retiring the last seven batters he faced and pitched the Sounds to their fourth shutout win of the season.

On Sunday, the left-hander dazzled his way to 8.0 shutout frames against Las Vegas at First Tennessee Park. He faced the minimum through the first five innings and his outing was the longest by a Nashville pitcher this season. Zito allowed a season-low two hits, fanned a season-high six batters and also produced two double plays with his 103 pitches.

Overall this season, the California native is 3-4 with a 4.12 ERA (29er/63.1ip) and .258 opponents average (63-for-244). His 11 starts are tied for the league lead and his 63.1 innings of work are third-most in the PCL.

This marks the second time in Zito’s career that he has earned a PCL Pitcher of the Week award. He was recognized for his terrific pitching during the May 1-7 period back in 2000 as a member of the River Cats. The veteran was also named the American League Pitcher of the Week with Oakland in 2000, becoming just the second player since 1998 to ever win a PCL and MLB Player of the Week award in the same season (Kerry Wood).

The weekly PCL award is the first for a Nashville player this season. The Sounds had two players win the honor last year [Mike Fiers (April 28-May 4) & Matt Clark (August 18-24)].

Zito was drafted by Oakland in the 1st round (9th pick) of the 1999 amateur draft. He signed a minor league contract with the A’s on February 17, 2015.

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Pitching Shines As Sounds Win Opener

Pitching Shines As Sounds Win Opener

Posted on 30 May 2015 by Allen

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In a game that had just seven hits, Nashville walked away with the series opener against Las Vegas on Friday night at First Tennessee Park, 2-1.

Combining yesterday’s 3-2 victory with tonight’s win marked the first time the Sounds won back-to-back one-run games this season. Nashville moved to 7-10 in one-run affairs and got their 10th win at home.

Nashville’s three hits were a season-low, but the home team got on the scoreboard first with a run in the second inning. With two away, Nate Freiman was hit by a pitch, Bryan Anderson walked and Niuman Romero singled. Anthony Aliotti, who was 8-for-16 during the series in Sacramento, drew a bases loaded walk. Nashville would leave the bags packed to end the frame, but claimed the 1-0 lead.

They carried the momentum to the third and Joey Wendle showed off his speed and aggressiveness. The second baseman singled on a bunt to the left side to start the inning and moved to second after a wild pitch. He proceeded to tag up on a deep fly to left field, barely beating the ball to third base with a late slide. Jason Pridie followed with a sacrifice fly to left, his team-leading 30th RBI of the year, to back starter Chris Bassitt with a 2-0 advantage.

Bassitt had his best stuff in the series opener and was able to notch his second win of the season. While the right-hander struggled with finding his breaking ball early, he located the fastball with ease and ended the night with four strikeouts. The 26-year old finished his night by delivering 5.2 innings with four hits, one run and no walks.

He left with runners at the corners and two away in the sixth, as Jim Fuller entered in relief. The lefty specialist threw just four pitches and concluded the frame with a strikeout. The hurler has started the first Triple-A stint of his career with scoreless outings in nine of his 10 games.

Brock Huntzinger fanned four of his six batters over two scoreless frames. R.J. Alvarez then entered in the ninth and recorded his second save of the year. Nashville’s team ERA dropped to 3.14 in May, while Bassitt’s win improved the starter’s record to 10-8 during the month.

The series continues Saturday night with a 6:35 p.m. contest. The second game of the set will feature a battle of the lefties, as Sean Nolin (0-0, 0.71) and Duane Below will compete at First Tennessee Park.

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Late Comeback Gives Nashville The Sweep

Late Comeback Gives Nashville The Sweep

Posted on 28 May 2015 by Allen

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Brad Mills pitched brilliantly and Jason Pridie smoked a two-run triple in the eighth inning to propel the Sounds over Sacramento and secure the sweep against the River Cats with a 3-2 win at Raley Field on Thursday afternoon.

The four-game series sweep was Nashville’s first since June 9-12, 2014, when the Sounds swept Reno at Greer Stadium. It was also the first time the Sounds have swept the River Cats since the two teams began playing in 2000. The win propelled Nashville to a four-game winning streak, their best mark this season.

The three-run eighth inning began slowly as Nashville started the frame with a groundout, hit by pitch and fielder’s choice. But with two away, the Sounds made their push towards a huge rally. Joey Wendle singled which put Craig Gentry on third base. With runners at the corners, Ryan Roberts stayed perfect at the plate with his fourth single of the game. Gentry scored and Wendle moved to third on the line drive to center. Pridie then stepped in and on a full-count pitch, grounded a ball into the right field corner that went for a two-run triple. The deficit was quickly erased and Nashville held onto the 3-2 lead.

The Sounds were 1-21 when trailing after seven innings, but the three-run eighth was enough to break the chain. The one-run victory improved Nashville’s record to 6-10 in those games, as the Sounds moved to 20-27 overall on the season.

The Grizzlies took a quick 2-0 lead with a pair of solo home runs. Jarrett Parker led off the second with a homer and John Bowker started the third with a blast. The two home runs matched a season-high allowed by Sounds’ starter Brad Mills.

Mills kept his pitch count down through the early portions of the contest and got help by inducing his team-leading 10th groundball double play. The left-hander tossed 7.0 innings for the third consecutive start and pushed his quality start streak to five games by allowing just two runs. He gave up a walk and added a strikeout with his 80 pitches.

Pat Venditte notched a strikeout during a 1-2-3 eighth inning and Angel Castro, making his first appearance since a stint with Oakland, slammed the door to record his first save of the year.

Roberts led the offensive assault and had four of Nashville’s 10 hits in the victory. Anthony Aliotti collected two hits and was 8-for-16 with three doubles and five RBIs in the series at Raley Field.

The Sounds returns to Music City on Friday to face the Las Vegas 51s at First Tennessee Park. Right-hander Chris Bassitt (1-3, 4.45) will go against Darin Gorski in the series opener. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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Fresno Takes Series From Nashville

Fresno Takes Series From Nashville

Posted on 25 May 2015 by Allen

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Ryan Roberts hit his first home run of the season, but it was not enough as Nashville lost to Fresno 5-3 at Chukchansi Park on Sunday afternoon.

The early stages of the game were characterized by multiple lead changes. The Grizzlies put up two second inning runs on Sounds’ starter Chris Bassitt, who was making his return to the Sounds starting rotation after stints in both the Oakland and Nashville bullpens.

The Sounds wasted zero time getting back in to the game the next half-inning. Alden Carrithers singled and he scored on the Roberts’ homer. The Sounds took the lead a few batters later when Kent Matthes drove Ben Zobrist in with an RBI groundout. The lead was short-lived as Fresno would tie the game back up in the latter half of the frame.

The Sounds got runners to second and third with one out, but were unable to score in the top of the fourth. Fresno took the lead back in the bottom half of the inning, courtesy of Matt Dominguez. They never trailed again.

Jon Singleton hit his minor-league leading 14th home run of the season to extend the lead to 5-3 as he led off the bottom of the sixth. The blast came off rehabbing Athletics closer Sean Doolittle. The southpaw also gave up a wall-ball double off the bat of Tyler Heineman during his one inning of work.

Niuman Romero hit his second double of the game with one out in the ninth inning, but Kevin Chapman stranded him there to get his second save.

Nashville will look to get back on track tomorrow at Sacramento. Sean Nolin will get the ball for the Sounds. He will be opposed by Clayton Robertson. First pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m.

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Matthes Walks-Off Over Zephyrs

Matthes Walks-Off Over Zephyrs

Posted on 19 May 2015 by Allen

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Kent Matthes snapped a 0-for-18 streak with an RBI double and the Sounds walked-off with a 2-1 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs on Tuesday night at First Tennessee Park.

Sounds leadoff hitter Matt Carson – who had already been on base three times in the game without even registering a hit – led off the ninth with a double. Next batter, Joey Wendle flew out to left field and the walk-off was suddenly in doubt; Nashville had twice already squandered bases loaded with one out situations on the night.

Matthes put a charge into a Nick Wittgren offering and it appeared center fielder Issac Galloway was going to catch it for the second out of the inning. Galloway’s first two steps were in, and he quickly realized he had misjudged the liner. He tried to get back, but it was too late. The ball hit off the top of his glove, Sounds fan’s concerns were unfounded and the Sounds dugout swarmed Matthes.

Nashville initially trailed in this one when Brady Shoemaker took Sean Nolin deep down the left field line to give the Zephyrs an early 1-0 lead back in the top of the second.

Nolin pitched just 2.2 innings, throwing 59 pitches – 32 of which were for strikes – as he continues his comeback from offseason sports hernia surgery. He struck out three Zephyrs batters on the night.

It took until the 5th inning for the Sounds to finally tag Zephyrs starter Adam Conley. Andy Parrino led off the frame with a double that hit the top of the wall in right field. He came around to score on catcher Luke Carlin’s RBI single. Carlin had his best game of the season, hitting 2-for-4 and throwing out Derek Dietrich attempting to steal second base.

Conley baffled Sounds hitters all night long, giving up just the one run over six innings, but he was matched by Chris Bassitt. The prospect acquired in the Jeff Samardzija trade with the Chicago White Sox threw 4.1 scoreless innings, surrendering just one hit and striking out five.

R.J. Alvarez picked up his second win of the season, his first came back against New Orleans in his Sounds debut on April 28.

Nashville (15-24) has a scheduled off day tomorrow. They will play game one of a four-game set with Fresno on Thursday. Barry Zito is the Sounds expected starter for the 9:05 p.m. matchup.

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