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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 out slug Reno Aces for 15-8 win

 

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Nashville SoundsReno, NV – The Nashville Sounds jumped out to an early lead and held on late to defeat the Reno Aces in a Saturday night slugfest. The Sounds used a seven-run first inning to take the lead and survived an eight-run flurry by Reno to take a 2-1 series lead.

The Sounds did not waste any time getting the bats hot. They erupted in the opening inning to spot Ben Bracewell a 7-0 lead. Just like Friday night, Franklin Barreto cranked a one-out first inning home run to spark the rally. Matt Olson backed up Barreto with a solo blast of his own to give Nashville back-to-back jacks in the second straight game. Joey Wendle, Yairo Muñoz, and Kenny Wilson also got in on the act with run-scoring hits in the inning.

Nashville Sounds and Reno Aces Combine for 23 Runs on 35 Hits. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds and Reno Aces Combine for 23 Runs on 35 Hits. (Nashville Sounds)

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Nashville Sounds have four homers in 8-5 win over Reno Aces

 

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Nashville SoundsReno, NV – The Nashville Sounds slugged their way to an 8-5 victory over the Reno Aces Friday night. The Sounds clobbered four home runs in the contest while three players recorded multi-hit games.

The Sounds gave Aces starter Taylor Clarke a rude welcome to the Triple-A level. Nashville tagged the young right-hander for eight runs on nine hits including all four of Nashville’s home runs.

Nashville spotted Corey Walter a 1-0 lead after the top half of the first inning. Franklin Barreto launched an opposite field home run to put the Sounds on top. For Barreto it was his 14th home run of the season between Nashville and Oakland, which set a new single-season high for the A’s top prospect.

Nashville Sounds Snaps Season-Long Four-Game Skid Saturday. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds Snaps Season-Long Four-Game Skid Saturday. (Nashville Sounds)

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Nashville Sounds lose road game against Reno Aces, 4-3

 

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Nashville SoundsReno, NV – The Nashville Sounds started their eight-game road trip with a 4-3 loss to the Reno Aces at Greater Nevada Field Thursday night.

After jumping out to an early 3-0 lead, the Sounds surrendered four unanswered runs to drop their fourth consecutive game.

Starters Frankie Montas and Jake Buchanan matched zeroes through the first two innings before the Sounds broke through against Buchanan in the third.

Melvin Mercedes started the rally with a one-out double, and then moved to third on a wild pitch. Jaff Decker’s RBI groundout gave the Sounds a 1-0 lead. They weren’t done as four consecutive two-out hits plated another two runs.

Nashville Sounds Offense Goes Quiet After Three-Run Third Inning. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds Offense Goes Quiet After Three-Run Third Inning. (Nashville Sounds)

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Salt Lake Bees roll over Nashville Sounds, 13-4

 

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Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Salt Lake Bees scored eight runs in the third inning and raced to a 13-4 win over the Nashville Sounds in the series finale Tuesday afternoon at First Tennessee Park.

The eight-run frame was the theme of the series for the Bees who scored 10 runs in the sixth inning in Sunday night’s win, and seven runs in the eighth inning of last night’s win.

It looked as though the Sounds would play from ahead for a while when they scored in the first inning. Franklin Barreto started the rally with an infield single and quickly swiped second base to get into scoring position. Moments later, Barreto raced home when an errant pickoff throw by Andrew Heaney went into center field.

Another Huge Inning Crushes Nashville Sounds in Series Finale against Salt Lake Bees. (Nashville Sounds)

Another Huge Inning Crushes Nashville Sounds in Series Finale against Salt Lake Bees. (Nashville Sounds)

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Nashville Sounds fall to late Salt Lake Bees rally, 11-5

 

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Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – For the second straight night the Nashville Sounds let a multi-run lead slip away. The Salt Lake Bees overcame a four-run deficit to defeat the Sounds 11-5 Monday night at First Tennessee Park.

Jesse Hahn was in line for his second straight victory as he collected his first quality start of the season but the bullpen could not keep up its end of the bargain.

One day after his birthday, the 28-year-old logged six innings and gave up just one run, a second inning RBI single to Tony Sanchez. He issued three free passes on the night while fanning three as well.

Bullpen Woes Creep Up Again For Nashville Sounds. (Nashville Sounds)

Bullpen Woes Creep Up Again For Nashville Sounds. (Nashville Sounds)

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Nashville Sounds fall to Las Vegas 51s, 7-2

 

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Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – A four-run first inning did the trick for the Las Vegas 51s in a 7-2 win over the Nashville Sounds in front of 9,291 fans at First Tennessee Park Thursday night.

Sounds’ starter Zach Neal retired Brandon Nimmo on a groundout to start the game, but then yielded hits to five of the next six batters. Jayce Boyd started the scoring with a two-out, two-run double to the gap in left-center.

It didn’t stop there as catcher Xorge Carrillo followed with another double to the gap in left-center, this time scoring Boyd to make it 3-0. The final run in the inning came off the bat of Cody Decker who rifled a line drive down the left field line to plate Carrillo with the 51s’ fourth run of the frame.

Nashville Sounds Will Go for Elusive Series Win Tomorrow Night. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds Will Go for Elusive Series Win Tomorrow Night. (Nashville Sounds)

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Nashville Sounds have big Fifth to down Las Vegas 51s 8-7

 

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Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds plated seven runs in the fifth inning and hung on to dispatch the Las Vegas 51s, 8-7, in front of 6,521 fans at First Tennessee Park Wednesday night.

The Sounds have scored 18 runs on 30 hits in the first two games of the series, and have won 10 consecutive games over the 51s dating back to the 2015 season.

12 batters came to the plate in the fifth for Nashville. Seven reached via hit, one drew a walk, and another was safe on a fielder’s choice and error. Left fielder Kenny Wilson started the frame with a single to left field, and later added a second hit in the inning, a run-scoring knock to cap the scoring.

Nashville Sounds Wins 10th Straight Game over Las Vegas 51s. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds Wins 10th Straight Game over Las Vegas 51s. (Nashville Sounds)

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Nashville Sounds crush four homers in 10-4 win over Las Vegas 51s

 

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Nashville SoundsNashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds launched four home runs and returned home with an emphatic 10-4 win over the Las Vegas 51s in front of 8,187 fans at First Tennessee Park Tuesday night.

Mark Canha drilled a pair of home runs, his 10th and 11th of the season for Nashville to lead the charge. Matt Olson added his 20th of the season and Renato Nunez added to his Minor League lead with his 26th of the year.

It was Olson’s two-run shot in the first that started the barrage. Franklin Barreto started the home half of the frame with a base hit up the middle. Olson followed with a towering blast to right-center off Donovan Hand to give the Sounds a 2-0 lead.

Nashville Sounds Drills Four Homers to Back Jharel Cotton’s Gem. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds Drills Four Homers to Back Jharel Cotton’s Gem. (Nashville Sounds)

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Nashville Sounds make miraculous late comeback against Iowa Cubs

 

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Nashville SoundsDes Moines, IA – The Nashville Sounds got huge home runs from Matt Olson and Ryan Lavarnway in a come-from-behind 11-8 win over the Iowa Cubs Wednesday afternoon at Principal Park.

Olson hit a two-out grand slam to cap a six-run eighth inning, and Lavarnway launched a two-out, go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the 11th to give the Sounds a lead they held on to.

Right-handed pitchers Kendall Graveman, Jharel Cotton, and Chris Bassitt all appeared for the Sounds as part of rehab assignments with Oakland. Graveman started and allowed four runs in 2 1/3 innings. Cotton allowed four runs in 3 1/3 innings while neither factored into the decision.

Nashville Sounds Trailed 7-1 and 8-2 Before Six-Run Eighth and Three-Run 11th. (Nashville Sounds)

Nashville Sounds Trailed 7-1 and 8-2 Before Six-Run Eighth and Three-Run 11th. (Nashville Sounds)

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