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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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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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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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With playoff implications on the line, the Sounds continue a five-game series against Round Rock as they play another doubleheader. It’s Games 3 and 4 following Saturday’s postponement. The Sounds took both ends of a doubleheader Friday night to make up Thursday’s postponement. First pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 5:05 with 4:50 pregame.

Tonight’s interview is with Sounds reliever Jose De La Torre, who won Game 2 on Friday night after allowing one unearned run in 1 2/3 innings. De La Torre discusses his season to this point, including the shoulder injury he suffered April 6 in his Sounds debut that sidelined him for nearly two months. He also recalls his major league debut with Boston last season and the World Series ring he received after making seven appearances during the season for the Red Sox.

August 9 – Interview with reliever Jose De La Torre

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Today from The Big Easy, the Sounds and New Orleans Zephyrs play Game 2 of their four-game set. First pitch is set for 4 p.m. CT with pregame on 102.5 The Game starting at 3:45. It’s Mike Fiers (8-5, 2.62) against Alex Sanabia (5-4, 4.80).

Today’s interview is with Michael Blazek, who the beat the Zephyrs on Saturday night with his arm, legs and bat. He tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings on the mound for the victory, doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the fifth and knocked in two with a single in the sixth. Blazek discusses his outing (and his swing) last night, his success as a starter (2.90 ERA) compared to reliever (5.68) and the Sounds’ first-place standing with 29 games left.

August 3 – Interview with pitcher Michael Blazek

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Tonight the Sounds continue their eight-game road trip as they open a four-game series in New Orleans. Michael Blazek (1-4, 4.15) takes on Anthony DeSclafani (2-2, 3.24), and the first pitch on 102.5 The Game is set for 6 p.m.

Tonight’s interview is with “Mr. New Orleans” Tim Grubbs, the radio broadcaster for the New Orleans Zephyrs. The Sounds haven’t seen the Zephyrs since late June, so Grubbs describes how the Z’s have been playing, the Marlins-Astros trade at the July 31 deadline that moved outfielder Austin Wates from Oklahoma City (HOU) to New Orleans (MIA), the job done by first-year Zephyrs manager, MTSU alum and Columbia, Tenn., resident Andy Haines, and Grubbs’ “Last Cheer at Greer” memories, including a 24-inning game between the Sounds and Z’s back in ’06.

August 2 – Interview with Zephyrs broadcaster Tim Grubbs (aka “Mister New Orleans”)

Zephyrs play-by-play man Tim Grubbs, shown at left with his broadcast partner and former New York Met Ron Swoboda (Photo courtesy New Orleans Zephyrs).

Zephyrs play-by-play man Tim Grubbs, shown at left with his broadcast partner and former New York Met Ron Swoboda (Photo courtesy New Orleans Zephyrs).

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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.

July 28 – Weekly interview with Sounds manager Rick Sweet

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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