Thriving Offense – August 26

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With only six games left in August, the Sounds offense is having their best month statistically.

The knocks kept coming in last night’s 7-4 win over the Aces. Over the first three games of the series, Nashville has outhit Reno 46-22. Brent Morel pounded out three hits, Tyler Ladendorf drove in two and hit his first triple of the season and Jason Pridie and Craig Gentry both had two hits. Joey Wendle’s 37th double of the season in the first inning also pushed his hitting streak to nine games.

Nashville is 14-10 in August due in large part to its .297 team average and 16 home runs. They have also plated more runs (113) than any other month and have a .427 slugging percentage.

The Sounds finalize their four-game series with the Aces tonight and proceed on to Tacoma to play the Rainiers for four beginning Thursday.

Lucky Number 21

Morel---runThe Sounds had a hit in every inning except the first one on Sunday night, pounding out a season-high 21 hits in an 8-4 win over the Reno Aces.

Eight of the nine players in the Sounds lineup had a multi-hit contest, with Brent Morel leading the way. Morel smashed a game-high four hits, scoring three runs in the process. Tyler Ladendorf, Joey Wendle and Bryan Anderson also aided the offense with multi-RBI affairs. The 21 hits were the most the Sounds have had in a game this season, eclipsing the past total of 19 (April 10 at Colorado Springs).

The offensive output overshadowed a terrific start from Aaron Brooks. The right-hander earned his first win as a Sound, delivering seven innings of one-run ball with just 82 pitches. He struck out eight for his seventh PCL victory this season.

The Sounds are looking for their fifth straight win tonight in the 9:05 p.m. CST contest at Aces Ballpark.

The 20-20 Club

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The Sounds received impact efforts from Joey Wendle and Jason Pridie on Friday night, beating Albuquerque 5-1 in front of a sold-out First Tennessee Park.

Wendle and Pridie are two of a handful of players who have spent the entire 2015 campaign in Nashville. Wendle is pacing all PCL hitters with 145 hits this season, raising his batting average to .285. The second baseman has played 121 games, which is tied for the most in the league, and added 49 extra-base hits.

Pridie blasted his 17th home run in the victory, driving in three runs and also swiping his 20th base. The outfielder is on the cusp of entering the exclusive 20-20 club, needing just three home runs to accomplish the feat. The last Sounds player to join the 20-20 ranks was J.J. Davis, when he hit 26 bombs and stole 23 bases in 2003.

The Sounds conclude an eight-game homestand tonight against Albuquerque with a 6:35 p.m. contest.

Stirring Up the Bats – July 31

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Despite an extra-inning, 5-4 loss to the Cubs on Thursday night, the Sounds are riding some hot bats in the month of July.

Nate Freiman has been a completely different hitter since the All-Star break. In the last 13 games, the 28-year-old is hitting .306 (17-for-56) and has posted at least one RBI in five of his last six games. He posted his second three-hit game of the season last night and added a double as well.

Joey Wendle has taken rest from the All-Star break to bust out as well. With another two-hit game on Thursday, Wendle has posted multi-hit efforts in seven of his last 10 contests. In those 10 games, the second baseman has seven extra-base hits and eight runs scored.

Jason Pridie has cooled off a bit, but has still clobbered the ball during the month. He has hit eight home runs and driven in 23, adding four stolen bases too. Pridie collected his 69th RBI of the season on Thursday, tied for sixth most in the PCL.

Nashville concludes its eight-game homestand tonight at 7:05 p.m. Get to First Tennessee Park early for a blanket giveaway.

Sounds Honor Junior Gilliam, Rename Address

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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.

The Pridie Show

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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.

Walk It Out

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.

NIUMANNNNNN!

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.

Zito Stays Sharp

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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.

Military Moment – July 3

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.

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