Topic: Tommy John surgery
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds closed an eight-game homestand with a 4-3 win over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox in front of 9,084 fans at First Tennessee Park Friday night.
The scoring happened early as the Sky Sox plated three runs in the first, and the Sounds bounced back with all four of their runs in the second.
Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the second, the first five batters reached safely for Nashville. Josh Phegley walked, and back-to-back singles by Sheldon Neuse and Slade Heathcott loaded the bases for Jorge Mateo. The shortstop ripped a two-run double down the left field line to make it a 3-2 game.
Nashville, TN – The Nashville Sounds salvaged a series split with the Iowa Cubs by taking Friday night’s contest 7-1 in front of 11,552 fans at First Tennessee Park. It was the third largest crowd in stadium history. Nashville jumped out to a 6-0 lead through two innings and the bullpen held on the rest of the way to close out the series.
The Sounds got off to a hot start in the opening frame by putting up a three-spot on the scoreboard. Franklin Barreto opened up the frame inning with a trickler back up the middle. He came around to score the opening run of the ball game on a sacrifice fly from Renato Nunez. Mark Canha continued the scoring in the opening frame by ripping a two-run single into center field to give Nashville starter, Felix Doubront a three-run cushion.
Fresno, CA – The Nashville Sounds began an eight-game road trip with a 4-1 victory over the Fresno Grizzlies Monday night. Catcher Bruce Maxwell returned from his stint with Oakland with a three-hit night for the Sounds.
Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Chris Bassitt (1-0, 4.00) put together a solid start for the Sounds (16-18). Six days after making his Sounds 2017 debut, Bassitt made his first start for the ball club and cruised through a season-high five innings and needed just 62 pitches to do so.
He benefited from outstanding defense behind him. The Sounds turned a double play in each inning from the second through the fifth. The four twin-killings matched a season-high for Nashville.
Clarksville, TN – In an up-and-down (mostly down) Atlanta Braves season, you take solace in the little things. Jace Peterson looking like a potential cornerstone, for instance. The A.J. Pierzynski Revival. The on-going delight that is watching Andrelton Simmons range deep into the hole, make the impossible backhanded stab, stop on a dime, set, load his cannon of an arm and throw a hustling batter out by two steps.
But the most enjoyable phrase we’ve heard all season happened last week:
“The Braves have purchased the contract of Peter Moylan from Triple-A Gwinnett.”
Jason Pridie Belts Team-Leading 8th Homer
Nashville, TN – The Omaha Storm Chasers narrowly edged the Nashville Sounds 4-3 at First Tennessee Park in game one of their four-game series at First Tennessee Park.
The game marked the first time Nashville and Omaha have played one another in 392 days. Thursday night’s game featured four lead changes and a tie, proving it to be well worth the wait.
Much to the delight of the 10,366 fans packed into the Sounds new park, the latest episode of the Jason Pridie show aired.
Written by Colby Wilson
Clarksville, TN – Over the weekend, news trickled out that the Braves had kicked the tires on Jonathan Lucroy, injured All-Star catcher for the dumpster fire that is the Milwaukee Brewers. And this is not to knock Lucroy – a fine catcher who has proven to be worth his weight in pitch-framing and gap-to-gap power – but rather illustrate how disenfranchised the brass has become with Christian Bethancourt.
Seems odd to already be sniffing around for replacements for the Catcher of the Future after 183 big-league at-bats, yet here we (allegedly) are. Lucroy is 29, Bethancourt is 23. Math says Bethancourt is the play for the present and future. But he’s hitting .190 and has ridden pine for much of the season behind A.J. Pierzynski, both because Pierzynski has been raking (13-game hitting streak to start the year, third on the team in hitting at a .281 clip) and because Bethancourt has looked lost at the plate and merely competent defensively.
Nashville Sounds break loose in the fourth to get 8-6 win over Round Rock Express at First Tennessee Park
Snap Four-Game Losing Streak vs. Round Rock
Nashville, TN – Behind a monster six-run fourth inning where the home team batted around, the Nashville Sounds defeated the Round Rock Express, 8-6, Friday night at First Tennessee Park.
The Express got out to an early lead in this one. Hanser Alberto dropped a bunt single and went to third via a perfectly executed hit-and-run with Tomas Telis. Alberto then scored on an RBI groundout by Michael Choice and the Sounds were trailing just minutes into the contest.
Nashville Sounds Swept For First Time Since June of Last Season
Round Rock, TX – Behind a five run fifth inning, the Round Rock Express completed the sweep over the Nashville Sounds on Sunday at Dell Diamond, 5-4.
In the early stages of the game, it looked like the Sounds were going to run away with this one. Through four innings, the Sounds first two hitters Alden Carrithers and Joey Wendle were a combined 6-for-6 scoring all four Nashville runs. Wendle was on a historic pace, finding himself just a homerun away from the cycle. Jason Pridie (2 RBI) and Kent Matthes (RBI) were the beneficiaries of the frequent runners on base.
Written by Colby Wilson
I hate these ‘If my life depended on it, I’d do blah blah blah’ scenarios, because no one’s life has ever depended on finding the perfect French dip sandwich or being able to drive from Nashville to Memphis in less than two-and-a-half hours. It’s a very hack way of saying ‘I find this thing to be better than any other of a list of a similar things’, but the first way is more eye-catching, so that’s how most people say it.
Having said that, if my life depended on the outcome of a baseball game, I’d want John Smoltz to get the ball.
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As the season nears its midpoint, three Govs alumni have been named to their All-Star teams at the minor league level.
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