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The Sounds continue their eight-game homestand tonight as they take on the Iowa Cubs in Game 2 of a four-game series. The Sounds have won five of their last six after a 5-1 win last night in the opener. Tonight it’s Chris Smith (1-3, 6.31) taking on Ryan Williams (2-1, 5.30). First pitch is set for 6:35 CT with pregame at 6:20. With Predators hockey on flagship 102.5 The Game, I’ll have the broadcast for you on 94.9 Game 2 as well as the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Tonight’s interview is with Sounds pitching coach and longtime A’s minor league pitching coach Rick Rodriguez, known to most as “Rick Rod.” He discusses Daniel Mengden’s outstanding Triple-A debut last night, recent Sounds like Sean Manaea and Jesse Hahn, some of the challenges of coaching at Triple-A compared to other levels, and what it was like to coach Smyrna native, Vandy alum and current A’s ace Sonny Gray.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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After taking three out of four in Texas against the Round Rock Express, the Sounds (11-12) are back in Nashville tonight, opening an eight-game homestand with the first of four against the Iowa Cubs (9-12). The Sounds send highly-touted righty Daniel Mengden to the mound tonight in his Triple-A debut. He went 2-0 with a 0.78 ERA in four starts at Double-A Midland. Mengden, who came to the A’s last summer from Houston in the Scott Kazmir trade, takes the Sounds rotation spot held by Jesse Hahn, who’s now with the A’s in the spot previously held by the now-injured Chris Bassitt. Mengden faces Cubs prospect Pierce Johnson (0-1, 3.55) tonight. The first pitch on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE  is set for 6:35 CT with pregame at 6:20. I hope you’ll join me and Kevin Jarvis for the call.

Tonight’s interview is this week’s chat with manager Steve Scarsone, who discusses the Sounds great pitching (four earned runs in four games) in Round Rock, the development of the offense, and the excitement of the A’s farm system depth with Mengden coming up from Double-A.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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The Sounds look to take their win streak to four tonight as they play Game 3 of their four-game series in Round Rock, Texas. The Sounds haven’t trailed at any point in this series and won last night, 3-2 behind 10 strikeouts from Eric Surkamp, scoreless relief from Ryan Brasier and J.B. Wendelken, a homer from Renato Nunez and two RBIs from Matt Olson. Tonight Dillon Overton (1-1, 3.05) opposes Chad Bell (1-0, 2.13). First pitch is set for 7:05 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Tonight’s interview is with the southpaw Surkamp, who was dominant last night in his Sounds debut coming down from Oakland, allowing two unearned runs with 10 Ks over 7+ innings. Surkamp discusses his outing last night, returning to Triple-A from the majors, his adding a cutter last year, and what he may have learned as a major league reliever with the White Sox a couple years ago that helps him as a starter.

 (Photo courtesy of MLB)

(Photo courtesy of MLB)

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Jeff

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The Sounds continue a four-game series in the Lone Star State tonight as they battle the Round Rock Express at Dell Diamond. Eric Surkamp, recently optioned by the A’s, makes his Sounds debut after going 0-2 with a 5.59 ERA in four starts as Oakland’s #5 starter. He opposes Nick Tepesch (1-1, 3.63). With the Predators starting their 2nd Round playoff series in San Jose tonight on flagship 102.5 The Game, I’ll have the call for you of Sounds-Express over on 94.9 Game 2, the TuneIn Radio app, and online HERE. First pitch is set for 7:05 CT with pregame on 6:50. It’s very windy and potentially rainy. Fingers cross for uninterrupted baseball.

Tonight’s interview is with Sounds right-hander Chris Smith, who gave up one earned run and struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings for the win in last night’s 7-3 final. Smith discusses his outing last night and waiting out a 45-minute rain delay at the outset; why he enjoys shagging flyballs during practice on the days he pitches instead of seclusion in the clubhouse; how he came to master his changeup; and the journey of his career that’s included time as a Sounds closer in 2009-10 (he’s 2nd all-time in Sounds history with 43 saves).

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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The Sounds conclude a four-game home series with New Orleans tonight at First Tennessee Park and are looking to snap a four-game losing streak. Last night the Sounds fell, 4-3, the third time during the skid they’ve lost by one run. Tonight Zach Neal is on the hill facing Dylan Axelrod. The first pitch on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE is set for 6:35 CT, and pregame coverage begins at 6:20.

Tonight’s interview is with former Sounds catcher and former Lipscomb University assistant coach Paul Phillips, now the hitting coach for New Orleans in the Marlins organization. Phillips played for the Sounds in 2012 and retired after that season en route to taking a job with Lipscomb. Now he’s back in pro ball in his first season as a professional coach. He discusses returning to Nashville and sleeping at home during a road series; getting traded from the Sounds (Brewers) to Las Vegas (Toronto) in 2012 while the Sounds were in Vegas; what he enjoys about coaching in the professional ranks; and spending time in spring training with Marlins manager and former Sound Don Mattingly and Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds.

Paul Phillips, shown as a Sound in 2012 (Photo courtesy of Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

Paul Phillips, shown as a Sound in 2012 (Photo courtesy of Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds)

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Jeff

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The Sounds look to snap a three-game skid tonight as they play Game 3 of their four-game series with the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins). First pitch at First Tennessee Park is set for 6:35 CT. It’s Henderson Alvarez, on a rehab assignment, starting for the Sounds, and Kendry Flores going for the Z’s. With Predators playoff hockey tonight on flagship 102.5 The Game, I’ve got the Sounds broadcast for you on 94.9 Game 2 and online HERE starting at 6:20.

Tonight’s interview is this week’s chat with Sounds manager Steve Scarsone, who discusses today’s news that reliever and Nashville native Andrew Triggs has received his first-ever big league call-up and is joining the A’s for their series in Detroit. Scarsone also talks about the Sounds’ defense so far this season and the inspired play from IF/OF Max Muncy.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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After going 4-3 on their eight-day road trip and ending with a 8-7 hearbreaking loss last night in Colorado Springs, the Sounds are back in Nashville tonight to start a four-game series with the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins). Chris Smith (0-2, 7.20) faces Ivan Pineyro (0-2, 4.09) with a first pitch at 6:35 CT and pregame on 94.9 Game 2 and online HERE (Preds hockey has the flagship 102.5 The Game tonight).

Tonight’s interview is with infielder/outfielder Max Muncy, who went 6-for-15 with two homers and seven RBIs in the Colorado Springs series, including a two-run homer in the 9th last night that looked like it would be the game-winner before the Sky Sox rallied with three in the bottom of the inning. Muncy discusses his start to the season, playing several different positions, what he took away from last year’s first taste of Triple-A and the big leagues, and a return to his native Texas next weekend for the Round Rock series.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Thanks for listening! On the air and off.

Jeff

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