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The Sounds are in the middle of the final homestand ever at 37-year-old Greer Stadium as they play Game 3 of a four-game series tonight against Fresno. It’s Jay Jackson (0-2, 7.50) against Chris Heston (10-8, 3.50). First pitch is set for 7:05, and pregame on 102.5 The Game begins at 6:50. With 12 games remaining in the regular season, the Sounds are tied for first place with Memphis, and only division winners make the PCL playoffs.

Throughout this #LastCheerAtGreer season, it’s been fun to interview former Sounds whenever possible. Tonight’s interview is with former Sound Matt Winters, who played for the Sounds in ’82 and now works as a scout for the Nippon Ham Fighters. Winters describes his scouting work, being a New York teenager that was drafted in the 1st round by the Yankees in ’78 and recalls his time with the Sounds, including Brian Dayett’s extra-inning walk-off home run that gave the Sounds the 1982 Southern League title.

August 22 – Interview with scout and former Sounds outfielder Matt Winters

1982 Sounds OF Matt Winters, shown later in his career with the Omaha Royals

1982 Sounds OF Matt Winters, shown later in his career with the Omaha Royals

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The Sounds wrap up their second to last road trip of the season tonight as they go for three out of four in Albuquerque against the Isotopes. It’s Michael Blazek (3-4, 3.61) against Chris Reed (0-2, 11.05) with a first pitch at 7:35 CT. The broadcast on 102.5 The Game starts at 7:20. Then it’s back to Nashville for the final homestand ever at 37-year-old Greer Stadium — eight games (4 vs. Fresno, 4 vs. Sacramento). The Sounds finish the season with six games in five days (a rainout to make up) in Round Rock over Labor Day Weekend. With 15 games left in the season, the Sounds sit in 2nd place, one game back of Memphis. Remember that only division winners make the Pacific Coast League playoffs. This is going down to the wire. Hopefully the Sounds make the playoffs and have at least one more game at Greer after this upcoming homestand. But just in case, come out to Greer over these next eight days to enjoy your (potentially) #LastCheerAtGreer.

Tonight’s interview is with Isotopes pitcher and former Sound Jeff Bennett, who beat the Sounds on Sunday with a quality start. He pitched for the Sounds in three different seasons — ’03, ’05, ’10 — and was with the Sounds in ’05 when they won in Tacoma to clinch the Pacific Coast League Championship. Bennett, who was born in Donelson, grew up in Gordonsville and now makes his home in Nashville, shares some of his Greer Stadium memories and his love of Nashville as a community and sports town.

August 19 – Interview with Isotopes pitcher and former Sound Jeff Bennett

Albuquerque pitcher Jeff Bennett, shown during his time with the Sounds. (Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Albuquerque pitcher Jeff Bennett, shown during his time with the Sounds. (Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

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Jeff

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The Sounds play Game 3 of their four-game series tonight in Albuquerque, and for the first time in almost a month, they’re not in first place. They sit one game behind Memphis with 16 to play, as the Redbirds beat El Paso last night after the Sounds had fallen to the Isotopes. Tonight it’s Donovan Hand (2-7, 5.40) against Barry Enright (0-2, 7.89). First pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 7:35 CT.

Tonight’s interview is our weekly chat with Sounds manager Rick Sweet, who discusses the eight-game road trip to this point (3-3), the hot hitting from first baseman Matt Clark and recent additions to the team such as catcher Adam Weisenburger and pitchers Jay Jackson and Billy Buckner.

August 18 – 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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The Sounds continue an eight-game road trip today in Albuquerque as they face the Isotopes at 2:35 CT. Jay Jackson (0-1, 7.71) faces former Sound Jeff Bennett (6-6, 3.96), the middle Tennessee native who pitched for the Sounds in ’05, ’09-’10. With 17 games to play, the Sounds sit in a first-place tie with Memphis, which won last in El Paso while the Sounds beat the ‘Topes, 8-3. Pregame today on 102.5 The Game begins at 2:20.

Today’s interview is with Sounds reliever Brent Leach, a former Isotope who came up with the Dodgers and for whom he made his major league debut in ’09. He pitched in 38 games that season for L.A. and was called up from Double-A, to that point having never pitched at Triple-A. Leach discusses some memories of his big league time, including facing Jim Thome, getting to hear the great Vin Scully announce his name on a broadcast and being the only lefty in the Dodgers’ bullpen for a while, which has been the case for him most of this season with the Sounds. Leach also discusses his outstanding pick-off move, which he used last night for his 10th pick-off of the season.

August 17 – Interview with Sounds reliever Brent Leach

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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Photos from El Paso

Tonight the Sounds continue their eight-game road trip as they open a four-game series in Albuquerque against the Isotopes. While the Sounds have been the visitors, it’s a road trip filled with big crowds. Isotopes Park averages 7,847 fans per game, good for 3rd in the 16-team PCL. Right behind that is beautiful new Southwest University Park in El Paso, Texas, where the Sounds spent the first four days of this trip. The Chihuahuas are 4th in the league in per-game attendance. My first visit to Albuquerque was 2012, and you can check out some photos of Isotopes Park from that trip HERE. Below is a gallery of photos I took over the past few days in El Paso. Spending four days there made me even more excited for the Sounds’ new ballpark, First Tennessee Park, next season. And I didn’t think it was possible to be more excited about that.

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Jeff

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The Sounds continue their four-game series in El Paso and eight-game road trip tonight with Game 2 against the Chihuahuas, who are in their first-year of existence after moving from Tucson, Arizona. The mound match-up tonight has Donovan Hand (1-7, 5.40) going for the Sounds (66-57) against rehabbing Padres hurler Andrew Cashner for El Paso (60-64). Join me for the radio coverage on 102.5 The Game beginning at 7:50.

Tonight’s interview is with Chihuahuas play-by-play voice and media relations manager Tim Hagerty, who, with Nashville looking forward to brand new First Tennessee Park in 2015 for the Sounds, offers some insight into life in El Paso the past several months with the Chihuahuas and their beautiful new home, Southwest University Park.

August 13 – Interview with El Paso Broadcaster Tim Hagerty

Photo courtesy of TimHagerty.com

El Paso Chihuhuas voice Tim Hagerty (Photo courtesy of TimHagerty.com)

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Jeff

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The Sounds wrap up a five-game series with Round Rock tonight and are looking for a sweep before they hit the road Tuesday for El Paso and then Albuquerque. Tonight it’s Donovan Hand (1-7, 5.40) against Ryan Feierabend (8-5, 4.54). First pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 7:05.

Tonight’s interview is this week’s installment of “Mondays with the Manager” with Sounds skipper Rick Sweet. He discusses the Sounds’ dominant play at home this season (42-21 at home vs. 24-35 on the road), the team’s recent offensive surge and what he has to keep in mind with his players at the time of the year, the so-called “dog days.”

August 11 – 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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