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Sounds Drop Road Trip Opener to RedHawks, 3-1


Nashville SoundsOklahoma City, OK – The Nashville Sounds lost to the Oklahoma City RedHawks, 3-1, in the opener of a five game set on Monday night at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark.

With the loss, Nashville fell to 72-64 and has now dropped 17 of the last 20 games at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City during the last three seasons.

Eric Farris went 3-for-4 while swiping a team-high three stolen bases, marking the third time a Sound has achieved the feat after Trent Oeltjen and Norris Hopper each stole three bases in a game this season.

The Sounds lone run came on the first play of the game, as Adam Stern crushed the second pitch from RedHawks starter Brandon McCarthy over the left field wall to give Nashville the early 1-0 lead. It was Stern’s fifth home run of the season and Nashville’s first game opening home run since Tony Gwynn went yard on May 11, 2009 at Omaha.

Oklahoma City went ahead by scoring two runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 2-1 lead. After former Sound Hernan Iribarren walked and Matthew Brown singled, Gregorio Petit hit a two-out two-run double to left field before being thrown out trying to stretch the hit in to a triple to end the inning. «Read the rest of this article»

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Sounds Top Zephyrs, 7-3, Win Fourth Straight


Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – Ray Olmedo was a triple away from the cycle in the Nashville Sounds’ 7-4 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs on Taco Bell Throwback Thursday at Greer Stadium in the second game of a five-game set.

It was the seventh time in the last 14 games that Olmedo produced multiple hits, as the veteran left-fielder went 3-for-4 with a home run and a double while driving in and scoring three runs out of the leadoff spot.

Nashville (70-62) has now won four consecutive games and eight of its last 11 contests, temporarily moving to 4.5 games behind first place Iowa in the PCL Northern Division.

The Sounds jumped on the board in the first inning to take an early 2-0 lead. After Adam Stern and Mat Gamel reached base, professional hitter Erick Almonte crushed a two-run double down the left field line to plate both runners as Gamel slid under Neil Wilson’s  the tag at home plate. «Read the rest of this article»

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Sounds Earn Series Split With 6-4 Win


Gamel, Olmedo Homer As Nashville Knocks Off I-Cubs

Nashville SoundsDes Moines, IA – The Nashville Sounds gained a series split with a 6-4 victory over the division-leading Iowa Cubs on Tuesday afternoon at Principal Park in the finale of the four-game set.

With the victory, Nashville (68-62) secured a 10-6 win in the season series against the I-Cubs. The Sounds trail Iowa by six games in the PCL American Conference Northern Division with 14 games remaining on their schedule.

Third baseman Mat Gamel (2-for-4) continued his torrid August for the Sounds, putting the visitors on the board with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning. The blast, off Iowa starter Chris Carpenter, was the infielder’s second in two days and 13th of the year.  Adam Stern, who preceded Gamel by reaching on a fielder’s choice, also scored on the longball.

Iowa rallied to take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the opening frame against Sounds starter Josh Butler. The go-ahead run in the inning scored in unearned fashion following a fielding error by first baseman Joe Koshansky. «Read the rest of this article»

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Luis Cruz Hits Walk-Off Home Run In Sounds 8-7 Nightcap Win


Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – Luis Cruz sent the Sounds home happy with a walk-off home run that gave Nashville a 7-6 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in the doubleheader finale on Thursday evening at Greer Stadium. The Sounds 18th last at-bat win this season gave the two teams a split in the doubleheader after Nashville dropped the first game, 6-1.

Cruz went 3-for 4 three RBIs and two runs scored in the second game, while Adam Stern added three hits.

Brendan Katin crushed a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning of the nightcap, a tape-measure shot over the stadium lights in left field. Katin’s 18th home run of the year gave the Sounds the early 1-0 lead.

Colorado Springs scored two runs in the top of the third inning to take a 2-1 lead. Sky Sox second baseman Kaz Matsui drew a two-out walk from Josh Butler and proceeded to steal second base. Centerfielder Chris Frey then looped a lazy single on the left field line for the first run, followed by right fielder Matt Miller painting the right field line to score Frey for the go-ahead run. «Read the rest of this article»

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Sounds Lose Third Straight Game To Bees, 5-4


Almonte Goes 5-for-5 For Nashville In Losing Effort

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds suffered their third consecutive loss to the visiting Salt Lake Bees, falling 5-4 on Sunday evening at historic Greer Stadium.

Right fielder Brendan Katin spotted the Sounds their first lead of the series in the bottom of the second inning when he belted his 16th home run of the year, a two-run shot to left-center off Salt Lake right-hander Fernando Rodriguez.

Erick Almonte, who doubled to lead off the frame, also scored on the blast. The Sounds’ designated hitter went 5-for-5 in the game and has recorded hits in each of his last seven plate appearances. Almonte’s five hits were the most by a Sounds player in a single game since Alcides Escobar recorded five on July 25th, 2009 at Oklahoma City.

Nashville increased its lead to 3-0 in the third when Mat Gamel drew a two-out walk, moved to third on an Almonte single, and scored when Joe Koshansky struck out but the ball bounded to the backstop for a wild pitch. «Read the rest of this article»

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Sounds Lose Homestand Opener, 6-2


Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – Salt Lake right-hander Matt Palmer hurled seven scoreless innings to lead the visiting Bees to a 6-2 victory over the Nashville Sounds on Friday evening at historic Greer Stadium in the opener of a four-game series.

Palmer (2-1) lowered his ERA to 0.72 on the year with an impressive start, earning the win after holding the Sounds to three hits while striking out four over his seven frames.

Salt Lake took a 2-0 lead against Nashville starter Sam Narron in the second inning. Mark Trumbo led off with a single before scoring on Paul McAnulty’s RBI double to left. Nick Gorneault later plated the frame’s second run with a sacrifice fly.

The Bees doubled their advantage to 4-0 in the fourth. Trumbo (2-for-4) and McAnulty (3-for-5) led off with consecutive singles to put runners on the corners for top Angels prospect Hank Conger (3-for-5), who ripped an RBI double off the top of the left field wall. Former Sound Luis Figueroa followed with a sacrifice fly to left. «Read the rest of this article»

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Sounds Blow Out Vegas, 12-2


Nashville Uses Eight-Run Inning To Post 2nd Straight Victory

Nashville SoundsLas Vegas, NV – Norris Hopper produced his second consecutive four-hit effort and Luis Cruz homered with four RBIs to lead the Nashville Sounds to a 12-2 rout of the Las Vegas 51s on Monday evening at Cashman Field.

Hopper continued to swing a hot stick for Nashville, finishing 4-for-5. The veteran has produced multi-hit efforts in eight of his last 15 starts, batting .379 over that stretch (25-for-66). Cruz (3-for-5) homered for the second straight contest versus Las Vegas after not going deep since June 22. It marked the third time this season that Cruz has belted longballs in back-to-back games.

The Sounds (61-55) earned consecutive wins against the 51s by producing a double-digit scoring output for the second straight evening. «Read the rest of this article»

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Sounds Drop Third Straight To Reno, 6-2


Nashville SoundsReno, NV – The Nashville Sounds dropped its third straight contest to the Reno Aces, 6-2, on Friday evening at Aces Ballpark in the third game of a four-game set.

Reno starter Matt Torra (8-6) tossed 8 1/3 innings for the win, holding the Sounds scoreless with only one extra-base hit through the first eight innings. Torra allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits and two strikeouts on the night.

The loss put Nashville (59-54) six games behind division-leading Iowa in PCL American Conference Northern Division.

The Aces did damage in the opening frame, scoring four runs on Sounds starter Marty MCLeary to take a quick 4-0 lead. After recording the first out of the game, McLeary surrendered three straight base hits, capped by a two-run single by Reno second baseman Tony Abreu. «Read the rest of this article»

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Sounds Win 2nd Straight Against Express, 5-1


Narron Picks Up 7th Victory Of Year With Seven Scoreless Frames

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN -– Left-hander Sam Narron tossed seven scoreless frames and catcher Martin Maldonado homered as part of a 3-for-4 night to lead the Nashville Sounds to a 5-1 victory over the Round Rock Express on Monday evening at historic Greer Stadium.

Narron (7-4) pulled into a tie for the Sounds’ team lead as he earned his seventh victory of the year. The left-hander tossed his seventh quality start in 10 starts for Nashville, holding Round Rock to two hits over seven scoreless innings of work.

Hot-hitting second baseman Eric Farris put the Sounds on the board in the bottom of the third with a two-out RBI single to center off Round Rock starter Shane Loux. Maldonado, who led off the frame with a single, scored the game’s first run on the play.

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Express Score Three In 9th To Take Opener


Sounds Lose Fourth Straight Contest, 7-4

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Round Rock Express scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning to hang a 7-4 defeat on the Nashville Sounds in front of 6,901 fans on Saturday evening at historic Greer Stadium in the opener of a four-game series.

The loss was the fourth in a row for Nashville (56-51), which fell four games behind division-leading Iowa in the PCL American Conference Northern Division.

After the Sounds came up empty after having the bases loaded and none out in the bottom of the eighth, Round Rock put up a three-spot against Nashville reliever Mike McClendon (4-3) in the ninth. The right-hander had allowed only two runs in 33.0 relief innings all season entering the contest.

Express catcher Edwin Bellorin turned in an outstanding at-bat to lead off the ninth against McClendon, fouling off 14 balls after he had two strikes on him before slapping an opposite-field double to right. Pinch-hitter Collin DeLome then ripped the first pitch he saw from the right-hander over the head of Gamel in right field for an RBI double to give the visitors a 5-4 lead.

Shelton lifted a sacrifice fly and Locke added a two-out bloop RBI single later in the frame in increase the Round Rock cushion to 7-4.

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