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A match-up of first-place clubs continues tonight at First Tennessee Park, as the Sounds (72-54) and Tacoma Rainiers (72-53) conclude their four-game series. The Sounds are 4-3 on the homestand, and their lead atop the division sits at 10.0 games with 18 to play. The magic number is 8. Tonight Raul Alcantara (3-0, 0.59) faces Zach Lee (7-11, 5.57). The first pitch from Music City is set for 7:05 CT with pregame at 6:50 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Tonight’s interview is with Sounds reliever Ryan Brasier, who talks about his solid season so far after an injury-shortened 2015, the success of the Sounds’ bullpen and team overall, when in his career he saw his fastball velocity jump to the upper 90s, and the team chemistry the Sounds have had this year.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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A match-up of first-place clubs continues tonight at First Tennessee Park, as the Sounds (72-53) and Tacoma Rainiers (71-53) play Game 3 of their four-game series. The Sounds won Game 2 yesterday afternoon behind Joey Wendle’s three-run homer, and their magic number sits at nine to clinch the division with 19 games remaining. Tonight Daniel Mengden (6-1, 1.34) opposes Taijuan Walker (0-0, 6.23). The first pitch from Music City is set for 7:05 CT with pregame at 6:50 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Tonight’s interview is with second baseman Joey Wendle following his key homer yesterday. He discusses his and the team’s season to this point, his preparation on and off the field to make him a reliable everyday player, and the team’s unique chemistry.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The first-place Sounds continue an eight-game homestand today at First Tennessee Park with afternoon baseball. It’s Game 2 in a four-game series with the first-place Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners). The Sounds won the opener, 2-1, last night, increasing their lead atop the division to 10.0 games with 20 to play as Round Rock lost in Las Vegas. The magic number sits at 10 to clinch the division. Today Dillon Overton (10-5, 3.51), on his 25th birthday, makes the start opposite Jarrett Grube (1-2, 3.63).  The first pitch from Music City is set for 12:05 CT with pregame at 11:50 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Today’s interview is with Sounds hitting coach Eric Martins, who discusses the addition of A’s prospect Matt Chapman, a California native who is up from Double-A Midland. Martins was a scout for the A’s in 2014 and signed Chapman when the former Cal State Fullerton standout was drafted 25th overall by the A’s. Martins gives some background on Chapman’s development and also shares some insight into the hot-hitting of Renato Nunez and what he’s seen from Matt Olson.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The first-place Sounds continue an eight-game homestand tonight at First Tennessee Park as they welcome the first-place Tacoma Rainiers (Mariners) to town for a four-game series. The Sounds started the homestand by splitting four with the Reno Aces (D-backs) following last night’s 3-2 defeat. With Round Rock’s win in Salt Lake last night, the Sounds’ lead atop the division is now at 9.0 games with 21 to play, and the magic number for a division title at 12 going into tonight’s game with the Rainiers. Tonight Jesse Hahn (1-6, 3.66) makes another start for the Sounds, this time on major league rehab assignment from the A’s, and he faces Forrest Snow (1-0, 5.00), who jumps in for the originally-scheduled Cody Martin. The first pitch from Music City is set for 7:05 CT with pregame at 6:50 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Tonight’s interview is with A’s GM David Forst, who is in town for a couple of days to watch the Sounds in person. He discusses (and confirms) the news that talented, slugging third baseman Matt Chapman will be joining the Sounds on Wednesday from Double-A Midland, and he also offers insight into the season the Sounds have had, the upcoming decisions for the A’s on September 1 when the rosters expand in the big leagues while the Sounds and Midland likely will be heading to the playoffs, and the constant communication he and his baseball operations team have with the A’s minor league staffs and front offices.

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Photo courtesy of MLB

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The first-place Sounds wrap up a four-game series with the Reno Aces (D-backs) tonight as they continue an eight-game homestand. The Sounds lead the division by 10 games with 22 to play, putting the magic number for a division title at 12 going into tonight’s series finale. The Sounds are looking to take three out of four after falling last night in Game 3. Tonight Jharel Cotton (10-5, 4.33), named today as PCL Pitcher of the Week following his near-perfect game last Tuesday, makes the start against former Cardinal and Brave Shelby Miller (3-1, 3.82). The first pitch from Music City is set for 7:05 CT with pregame at 6:50 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Tonight’s interview is this week’s chat with manager Steve Scarsone, who discusses Cotton’s performance the other night from a manager’s perspective, the Sounds’ level of play down the stretch, and the additions of Sean Doolittle and Jesse Hahn from the A’s on rehab assignment.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

The first-place Sounds battle the Reno Aces (D-backs) tonight in Game 3 of a four-game series and eight-game homestand. The Sounds lead the division by 11 games with 23 to play, putting the magic number for a division title at 12 going into tonight’s contest. The Sounds pulled off a First Tennessee Park first last night, getting the first walk-off homer in the new ballpark’s history. Arismendy Alcantara, with two outs and the Sounds down 1-0, provided the heroics for a 2-1 final. The Sounds improved to a league-best 21-9 since the all-star break, and they’re 22-4 against the Pacific Conference. Tonight Chris Jensen (2-5, 4.23) opposes former Louisville standout Matt Koch (0-2, 2.51), who makes his third start up from Double-A. The first pitch from Music City is set for 6:35 CT with pregame at 6:20 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Tonight’s interview is with Arismendy Alcantara, who discusses last night’s game-winner; his time so far with the A’s and Sounds after being traded by the Cubs; being one triple away from 10-plus doubles, triples and homers, which he accomplished last year; and his natural speed and stolen base ability.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

The first-place Sounds continue an eight-game homestand tonight at First Tennessee Park with Game 2 of their four-game series with Reno (D-backs). The Sounds own a 10.5-game lead atop the division with 24 games to play, and last night their 10-0 win over the Aces took their record against the other side of the league to 21-4. Tonight Raul Alcantara (3-0, 0.70) opposes Anthony Banda (4-3, 4.27) in a match-up of impressive young prospects. The first pitch from Music City is set for 7:05 CT with pregame at 6:50 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Tonight’s interview is with Sounds pitching coach Rick Rodriguez, who offers insight into a pitching staff that continues to lead the league in ERA (3.41) and discusses the near-perfect game from Jharel Cotton on Tuesday in Round Rock, Daniel Mengden’s outing last night, Dillon Overton’s recent performances, and newcomers from Double-A like Raul Alcantara and Bobby Wahl.

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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