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Fran Riordan to Manage Club After Leading Double-A Midland to Texas League Title

Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – Fran Riordan has been named the new manager of the Nashville Sounds as announced by the Oakland Athletics today. Riordan is the 28th manager in franchise history.

Riordan, 42, takes over the manager role vacated by Ryan Christenson who was hired as the bench coach for Oakland.

Riordan will manage at the Triple-A level for the first time after leading the Double-A Midland RockHounds to a Texas League title in 2017. It was the fourth consecutive championship for Oakland’s Double-A affiliate.

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Nashville Sounds seventh inning collapse leads to 8-4 loss to Iowa Cubs

 

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Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Iowa Cubs sent 12 to the plate in a six-run seventh inning en route to an 8-4 win over the Nashville Sounds in front of 8,771 fans at First Tennessee Park Tuesday night.

The Sounds (32-30) built an early 4-0 lead behind another strong start by Chris Smith only to see it erased when the bullpen faltered.

Renato Nuñez provided some early fireworks when he launched his Pacific Coast League-leading 18th home run of the season in the bottom of the second inning.

Nashville Sounds Blows Second Straight Four-Run Lead. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds Blows Second Straight Four-Run Lead. (Nashville Sounds)

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Nashville Sounds fall in extra innings to Memphis Redbirds, 10-9

 

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Nashville SoundsMemphis, TN – The Memphis Redbirds scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the 12th inning and outlasted the Nashville Sounds, 10-9, Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park. Sunday’s win secured the series for Memphis, and gave them a five-game lead over Nashville in the American Southern Division standings.

Breyvic Valera was the hero when his base hit up the middle scored Wilfredo Tovar with the winning run with just one out in the 12th inning.

The knock came just moments after the Sounds (32-29) took a 9-8 lead on Matt Chapman’s 16th home run of the season – a solo shot in the top of the 12th that broke the tie. Chapman’s blast extended his hitting streak to a career-long 10 games.

Nashville Sounds Blows Multiple Late Leads to Close the Road Trip. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds Blows Multiple Late Leads to Close the Road Trip. (Nashville Sounds)

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Nashville Sounds get 6-3 win at Memphis Redbirds

 

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Nashville SoundsMemphis, TN – The Nashville Sounds rallied behind a big two-run double from Renato Nuñez in the top of the eighth inning en route to a 6-3 win over the Memphis Redbirds at AutoZone Park Saturday night.

After trailing multiple times throughout the night, Nuñez stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the eighth and drilled a ball off the wall to plate a pair of runs to put the Sounds (32-28) ahead for good.

The double was the second of the night for Nunez who is hitting .405 (17-for-42) over his last 12 games.

Young left-hander Dalton Sawyer was pressed into action for Nashville and made a spot start after being transferred from Single-A Beloit earlier in the day. The southpaw allowed a two-run double to Carson Kelly in the first inning but settled in nicely and delivered a quality start.

Nashville Sounds' Renato Nuñez hits Clutch Double in the Eighth that proves to be the Difference. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds’ Renato Nuñez hits Clutch Double in the Eighth that proves to be the Difference. (Nashville Sounds)

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Nashville Sounds fall in extra innings to Memphis Redbirds

 

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Nashville SoundsMemphis, TN – Randall Grichuk’s walk-off single to deep center field gave the Memphis Redbirds a 2-1 win over the Nashville Sounds Friday night at AutoZone Park.

Grichuk’s drive came with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning. Sounds (31-28) reliever Simon Castro found himself in a jam after issuing a leadoff walk to Patrick Wisdom with the score even at 1-1.

A sacrifice bunt moved Wisdom to second, and a wild pitch put him 90 feet away. Castro came back to strike out Wilfredo Tovar, but then hit Todd Cunningham and intentionally walked Nick Martini to load the bases.

Randall Grichuk 10th Inning Hit Wins it for the Memphis Redbirds. (Nashville Sounds)

Randall Grichuk 10th Inning Hit Wins it for the Memphis Redbirds. (Nashville Sounds)

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Nashville Sounds errors costly in 4-2 loss to Omaha Storm Chasers

 

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Nashville SoundsPapillion, NB – A pair of errors from Sounds second baseman, Joey Wendle, cost Nashville dearly as the Omaha Storm Chasers eked out a 4-2 victory Thursday night. The loss meant a series split for the Sounds who were seeking a third consecutive series win.

The first error of the evening from Wendle came in the first inning as he was playing in shallow right field with the shift on against left handed hitting first baseman Ryan O’Hearn was at the plate. The error allowed Ruben Sosa to come around to score to put Omaha out in front.

Nashville responded with a run of its own in the next half inning as Renato Nunez doubled to begin the frame, advanced to third on a Matt Chapman single, and scored on a sacrifice fly from Jaff Decker.

Nashville Sounds Surrender Trio of Unearned Runs in Defeat. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds Surrender Trio of Unearned Runs in Defeat. (Nashville Sounds)

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Nashville Sounds blasts four homers in 7-3 win over Omaha Storm Chasers

 

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Nashville SoundsPapillion, NE – The Nashville Sounds hit back-to-back home runs two different times en route to a 7-3 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers Tuesday afternoon at Werner Park.

Right fielder Jaff Decker was in on both in his sixth multi-homer game of his career. With Omaha leading 1-0 in the top of the second, Decker belted a home run to left field just moments after Matt Chapman drew a walk. Decker’s first long ball of the season gave Nashville (30-26) the lead for good at 2-1.

On the very next pitch from Omaha starter Josh Staumont, Matt McBride clobbered a solo homer to deep left field to extend the lead to 3-1.

Nashville Sounds Jaff Decker Goes Yard Twice Tuesday against Storm Chasers. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds Jaff Decker Goes Yard Twice Tuesday against Storm Chasers. (Nashville Sounds)

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Nashville Sounds cage Iowa Cubs, 6-0

 

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Nashville SoundsDes Moines, IA – The Nashville Sounds blanked the Iowa Cubs 6-0 Sunday afternoon to clinch the four-game set. Paul Blackburn had his sinker ball working all afternoon for the Sounds en route to seven shutout innings.

Blackburn kept the ball down all afternoon long as he induced 15 compared to two fly outs to go along with four punch outs en route to seven shutout innings. He was highly efficient as well, needing just 83 to get through said seven innings.

The right-hander sat down 14 straight I-Cubs from the third to the seventh. The streak was broken when Jaimer Candelario blooped a single into shallow center field with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning. Blackburn surrendered just a pair of singles in his outing.

Paul Blackburn Posts Seven Shutout Innings While McBride and Chapman Go Deep for the Nashville Sounds. (Nashville Sounds)

Paul Blackburn Posts Seven Shutout Innings While McBride and Chapman Go Deep for the Nashville Sounds. (Nashville Sounds)

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Nashville Sounds roll over Iowa Cubs, 12-3

 

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Nashville SoundsDes Moines, IA – Before Chris Smith took to the mound for the Sounds Friday night he was spotted seven runs. The Sounds would then cruise to a 12-3 win to take game two of a four-game series against the Iowa Cubs.

Nashville erupted for seven runs on nine hits in the top of the first inning to give the 36-year-old right-hander a 7-0 lead over the I-Cubs. Smith (3-2, 3.35) followed up Michael Brady’s quality start Thursday night with one of his own.

He lasted six innings and matched a season-high by fanning eight I-Cubs. Iowa scattered three hits across the first three innings against Smith but he retired the final ten batters he faced en route to the 18th quality start of the season for Sounds pitchers.

Nashville Sounds Put Up Seven Runs on Nine Hits in First Inning of 12-3 Win. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds Put Up Seven Runs on Nine Hits in First Inning of 12-3 Win. (Nashville Sounds)

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Nashville Sounds split Doubleheader against Colorado Springs Sky Sox

 

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Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds earned a doubleheader split when Ryan Lavarnway’s walk-off base hit scored Matt Chapman to give Nashville a 2-1 win in game two in front of a sellout crowd of 10,307 Sunday night at First Tennessee Park.

With the game tied 1-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, Chapman hit a line drive down the left field line and hustled into second base for a leadoff double.

After Jaff Decker’s sacrifice bunt put Chapman 90 feet away with one out, Lavarnway hit the first pitch he saw from David Goforth down the left field line for the game-winner.

Ryan Lavarnway’s Game-Winner Keeps Nashville Sounds Above .500. (Nashville Sounds)

Ryan Lavarnway’s Game-Winner Keeps Nashville Sounds Above .500. (Nashville Sounds)

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