In an ongoing attempt to honor the rich history of Sulphur Dell, the Sounds renamed the street address of First Tennessee Park to that of Junior Gilliam Way during a special pre-game ceremony. Gilliam was a popular icon who played baseball at Sulphur Dell during the 1940’s before making his mark in the MLB with the Dodgers. His number 19 is one of five numbers the Los Angeles Dodgers have retired. Mayor Karl Dean, Sounds Owner Frank Ward and several others were on hand for the special presentation. Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully even made an appearance on the guitar-shaped scoreboard.
Jason Pridie is having a month to remember.
The 31-year-old represented the Sounds during the Triple-A All-Star Game in Nebraska on July 15, posting a pair of singles, scoring a run and playing all nine innings in the outfield.
“It’s a nice acknowledgement that I’m playing the game at a high level, playing the game I want to play and still getting results to help the team win,” Pridie said of his third different All-Star selection.
Outside of the All-Star Game, Pridie has been raking Pacific Coast League pitching. In 18 games during July, the slugger has a 1.260 OPS, a league-leading eight home runs, 20 RBIs, 14 runs scored and a .364 average (24-for-66). The OPS, which has been helped by 13 extra-base hits and eight walks, is the third-best mark among all full season minor league players in July. In addition, Pridie has homered in three straight games.
After losing on a walk-off single on Wednesday, the Sounds are trying to take three of four from Colorado Springs tonight at 8:05 p.m. CST.
In three games since returning from the All-Star break, Nashville has played in extra innings twice and recorded walk-off wins in a pair of games at First Tennessee Park.
After his single gave the Sounds a walk-off win on Friday night, Niuman Romero had the opportunity to create pandemonium once again on Saturday night.
He did not disappoint.
Omaha issued an intentional walk with one out in the 10th inning, loading the bases for the Sounds’ infielder. Romero never got the chance to get the big hit this time, but instead had the ball hit his leg. As he limped down to first base and Jason Pridie jogged home, the crowd at First Tennessee Park was sent home happy for a second straight night.
Romero was not the only Sounds’ infielder to end a game on Saturday. Andy Parrino, who is currently on Nashville’s temporary inactive list, has been playing for Team USA in the Pan Am Games since the start of July. The USA squad found themselves down 5-1 at one point, but had battled back to pull it even in the ninth. With a runner on second base and two outs, Parrino took care of the rest.
For the fourth time this season, the Sounds walked off at First Tennessee Park.
This time around Niuman Romero was the hero launching a Major League pop up that dropped in front of Omaha center fielder Rey Fuentes who inadvertently kicked the ball into left field. Anthony Aliotti motored around the bases scoring from first to score the winning run.
Romero has now reached base in 38 of his past 43 games, registering a .369 OBP during that time period.
The Sounds returned from the All-Star break on Thursday night and suffered a 7-5 defeat at the hands of the Omaha Storm Chasers.
Nashville outhit Omaha, 14-13, but squandered too many prime chances at scoring. Joey Wendle had a game-high three hits and Craig Gentry pushed his hitting streak to nine games with a pair of singles.
Barry Zito made his league-leading 19th start in the series opener, taking a no-decision despite throwing his 11th quality start. The crafty veteran walked just one and fanned five over six innings. The 37-year-old has pitched into the sixth inning or deeper in 15 starts and has posted a 2.25 ERA (5er/20.0ip) during his three starts in July. Since May 26, Zito has accumulated a .190 OBA (45-for-237), the 4th-best mark in the PCL over that span.
Right-hander Zach Neal gets the ball for the Sounds tonight, looking for his team-leading eighth victory. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 at First Tennessee Park.
On July 3rd, the Nashville Sounds had the great honor of reuniting a military family with their father. Staff Sergeant William Cothron had been stationed in Kuwait for the last 11 months and was able to return home just in time for 4th of July weekend and surprise his wife Amanda, son Jacob and daughter Baileigh.
Joey Wendle has been a consistent presence in the Sounds’ lineup, appearing in 68 of Nashville’s 73 games this season. The second baseman has collected 21 doubles and 29 extra-base hits in total. Overall, his 75 hits are tied for 8th-most in the league.
The 25-year old is on an eight-game hitting streak (.333, 12-for-36) and has hit six doubles during that span. Wendle collected four hits in yesterday 9-4 loss to Memphis, tying a career-high mark (June 17, 2013).
The Redbirds and Sounds conclude their three-game series tonight at 7:05.
Craig Gentry is the hottest hitter in the Nashville Sounds lineup right now.
In the midst of a season-best eleven-game hitting streak, the outfielder has collected a hit in 15 of his 18 games during the month of June. His batting average, which started at .145 to begin the month, is up 95 points with help from seven multi-hit games in June.
Despite a 7-1 loss to Omaha on Sunday, Gentry made his mark on the game, going 2-for-3 with a home run, double, run scored and RBI. His home run, a leadoff shot in the bottom of the first, was the first game-opening long ball by a Sounds player since Scooter Gennett did so on July 3, 2013.
Sometimes all a hitter needs is a music change.
In his first game since changing his walk-up music to Miley Cyrus’ Party In the U.S.A., Sounds outfielder Craig Gentry hit his first homer as a member of the Athletics organization. The last time the outfielder, he was playing as a member of the Texas Rangers and went deep off Erik Bedard. Gentry was traded to Oakland a few months later. All in all, it had been 170 games and nearly 500 at bats since he had last jogged around the bases. The blast was not enough however; Nashville lost 7-5.
Gentry is hitting .212 (24-for-113) with four RBIs and six stolen bases this season.
The Sounds were led by starting pitcher Sean Nolin and outfielder Jason Pridie. Nolin went a season-high 5 1/3 innings and secured his first win. Nashville moved to 5-1 in the six starts that the left-hander has made this season.
Pridie notched a game-high three RBIs in the victory to push his season total to 41, tied for 8th most in the Pacific Coast League. Ryan Roberts drove a run in with one of his three hits, while Anthony Aliotti and Niuman Romero each knocked a run home.
The three-game set between Memphis and Nashville concludes tonight with the 7:05 p.m. match up.