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The Sounds conclude an eight-game homestand tonight as they battle Oklahoma City in the finale of a four-game set. The Sounds began the stand by taking three of four from Colorado Springs (where they’ll be tomorrow), and they can take three of from the RedHawks with a victory tonight. Ariel Pena (7-6, 4.53) takes on Mike Foltynewicz (7-6, 5.12). First pitch is set for 7:05 CT with pregame at 6:50 on 102.5 The Game. My and everyone’s pal, Pete Weber, the Voice of the Nashville Predators, joins me again tonight to have some fun on the broadcast.

Tonight’s interview is this week’s installment of “Mondays with the Manager” with Sounds skipper Rick Sweet, who discusses the Sounds’ tough loss on Sunday yet the successful homestand overall, the consistency of the offense and pitching lately and the current roster breakdown of 13 pitchers and 12 position players — instead of the other way around — with an NL-style road trip to Colorado Springs (Rockies) and New Orleans (Marlins) starting Tuesday.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The 1st-place Sounds are back at it tonight against Oklahoma City in Game 2 of the four-game series and Game 6 of the eight-game homestand. It’s Donovan Hand (1-6, 5.17) against Rudy Owens (5-4, 4.91), and the first pitch is set for 7:05. I’ve got you covered on 102.5 The Game starting at 6:50.

Tonight’s interview is part of a continued effort this year in the #LastCheerAtGreer to catch up with as many former Sounds as possible, and and there are many around the league. Tonight it’s OKC manager Tony DeFranecsco, who played for the Sounds in 1988, 90-91 when the Sounds were a Reds affiliate. “Tony D,” as many in baseball call him, discusses missing the first couple months of the season to undergo treatment for colon cancer, his days in Nashville, the talent he’s seen the past few years as the Astros have acquired so many prospects and the keys to success for a Triple-A manager (his 11th season at AAA, including seven extremely successful years at Sacramento for Oakland).

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The Sounds continue an eight-game homestand tonight as they welcome the Oklahoma City RedHawks to Music City. The Sounds are in first place atop the American South by 2.5 games with 38 to play while Oklahoma City is 5.0 games back of Iowa in the American North division. Tonight Taylor Jungmann (4-5, 5.64) faces Tommy Shirley (0-1, 8.03). First pitch on 102.5 The Game is 7:05 with pregame at 6:50.

Tonight’s interview is a bit of twist. Pitcher Donovan Hand, who turned the tables and interviewed me last year, interviewed Sounds pitching coach Fred Dabney, who discusses his daily routine, the difference in being a Triple-A pitching coach compared to other levels and life in the Dabney household these days with Fred’s oldest son, Dane, off to college to play football at Liberty.

 

 

 

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Jeff

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The Sounds try to take three out of four from Colorado Springs tonight as the play the final of the series and Game 4 of the eight-game homestand. Mike Fiers (7-5, 2.68) takes on Pedro Hernandez (6-5, 6.05). With 39 games remaining in the regular season, the Sounds continue to be in a divisional race. They sit atop the American South with a 1.5-game lead over New Orleans and a 2.5-game lead over both Round Rock and Memphis. First pitch tonight is set for 7:05 on 102.5 The Game, and pregame starts at 6:50. You can also get the broadcast on your mobile device or tablet via the TuneIn Radio app.

Tonight’s interview is with Sounds closer Rob Wooten, who saved last night’s game in his second outing back with the Sounds after a three-month stint in the big leagues with the first-place Brewers. Wooten describes the emotions of coming back to Triple-A and what the season has been like in Milwaukee. And of course, his beloved UNC Tar Heels came up, as his teammate Donovan Hand, during the recent Triple-A All-Star Game festivities in Durham, NC., got a tour of both UNC and Duke.

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Tonight the Sounds and Sky Sox play Game 3 of their four-game series, and each team has taken a game so far. The Sounds give the ball to Ariel Pena (6-6, 4.62), who faces former Sound Mike McClendon (2-1, 3.30). First pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 7:05, and pregame starts at 6:50.

Tonight’s interview is with another former Sound, Chris Capuano, who beat the Sounds on Monday night with a seven-inning effort and 11 strikeouts for the Sky Sox. He made four starts for the Sounds in 2010 on his way back from a second Tommy John surgery. He discusses his time with the Sounds; his years with the Brewers, including ’08 when he was hurt and missed helping the team in the playoffs; appearing in the post-season last year with the Dodgers; and pitching earlier this season for the Red Sox, for whom he grew up rooting as a Springfield, Mass., native.

July 23 – Interview with Sky Sox pitcher and former Sound Chris Capuano

Chris Capuano as a 2010 Sounds pitcher. Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Chris Capuano as a 2010 Sounds pitcher. Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Tonight the Sounds and Sky Sox play Game 2 of their four-game series, and the Sounds look to get even after a 5-2 loss last night. The Sounds send Michael Blazek (1-4, 4.70) to the hill tonight against lefty Brian Burres (1-3, 6.92). First pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 7:05, and pregame starts at 6:50.

Tonight’s interview is with former and current Sound Jim Henderson, who pitched for the Sounds in ’11 and ’12 and is back in Nashville on major league rehab assignment from the Brewers. Henderson has been on the disabled list since May 2 with right shoulder issues. He discusses the rehab process and then recalls some memories of 2012-13, including his first-ever major league call-up — almost two years ago to the day — after 10 years in the minors, his emotions in his first few outings with the Brewers that summer, and his 28-save season a year ago.

July 22 – Interview with rehabbing Brewers reliever and ’11-’12 Sound Jim Henderson

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After a three-day all-star break and a four-game split in Oklahoma City, the Sounds are back at Greer tonight! They open an eight-game homestand against Colorado Springs, as Donovan Hand (1-6, 5.44) faces former Sound Chris Capuano (0-0, 3.52), who pitched for the Sounds briefly in 2010 and was teammates with guys like Hand and Mike McClendon, who will start for the Sky Sox on Wednesday.

First pitch tonight on 102.5 The Game is set for 7:05, and coverage begins at 6:50 with this week’s installment of “Mondays with the Manager” with Sounds skipper Rick Sweet. He discusses the Sounds’ four-game series in Oklahoma City, today’s roster move with the Brewers’ calling up Jeremy Jeffress and optioning Rob Wooten, the offense’s productivity lately and the team’s outlook as it sits in first place with 42 games remaining  in the regular season.

July 21 – Interview with Sounds manager Rick Sweet

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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