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The Sounds continue a four-game series in Utah tonight as they take on the Salt Lake Bees in Game 2 of a four-game series. After another win last night, the Sounds have won five straight and 12 of their last 13. Tonight they give the ball to Dillon Overton (3-4, 4.03), who faces Angels prospect Nate Smith (3-1, 3.47). First pitch from Smith’s Ballpark is set for 7:35 CT with pregame at 7:20 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Tonight’s interview is with Jim Eppard, the Oakland A’s minor league hitting coordinator who is in town to watch the Sounds this series. Eppard spent several years with the Salt Lake’s parent-club Angels, including 9 1/2 seasons as the Bees’ hitting coach. He discusses his role with the A’s, how he tracks all the hitters in the minor league system, his time in Salt Lake and with the Angels, including coach Mike Trout, and his hitting ability that led to winning a batting title in four different leagues.

Jim Eppard (at left) Photo courtesy of Kirby Lee/Image of Sport/US Presswire

A’s minor league hitting coodinator Jim Eppard (at left), shown with the Angels. (Photo courtesy of Kirby Lee/Image of Sport/US Presswire)

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Jeff

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The red-hot Sounds (27-20) continue their eight-game road trip tonight as they open a four-game series in Salt Lake City, Utah against the first-place Bees (25-20), the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate. After sweeping four in Vegas with a rout last night, the Sounds still own a 1.5 game lead atop the division and have won 11 of their last 12. Tonight Angel Castro (0-2, 5.91) makes another start in the rotation spot of the recently-called-up Zach Neal and faces David Huff (1-1, 4.05). First pitch from Salt Lake is set for 8:05 CT on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE. Pregame starts at 7:50.

Tonight’s interview is with the longtime broadcaster for the Salt Lake Bees, my friend and colleague, Steve Klauke. He discusses how the Bees have performed this year, especially given how decimated the Angels have been with injuries, covering Mike Trout in 2012 when Trout was with Salt Lake on his way to the major leagues, and getting “called up” himself a couple of weeks ago to fill in for a games on Angels Radio.

Salt Lake broadcaster Steve Klauke (Photo courtesy of Salt Lake Bees)

Salt Lake broadcaster Steve Klauke (Photo courtesy of Salt Lake Bees)

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Jeff

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The Sounds have 10 of their last 11 after claiming a 12-inning marathon win last night in Las Vegas, and tonight they have their third consecutive chance to sweep a series. They got the sweep last homestand against Fresno and dropped the finale of their series win against Sacramento. The Sounds wrap up the four-game set in Southern Nevada and then continue the eight-game road trip in Salt Lake on Friday. Tonight it’s Chris Smith (2-5, 4.33 ERA, 9 starts) taking on Seth Lugo (3-2, 7.45 ERA, 8 starts). First pitch on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE is set for 9:05 CT. The pregame hits the airwaves at 8:50.

Tonight’s interview is with 1B/3B Ryon Healy, who is 7-for-14 in this series and had the game-winning RBI last with a tie-breaking double in the 12th. He discusses playing in Las Vegas, the team’s hot stretch, his mindset going back to Double-A Midland to start this year after playing well there last year, coming up to Triple-A, and having family and friends in town for this Vegas series since it’s only about four hours from his Los Angeles-area home.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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The red-hot, first-place Sounds look for their 10th win in the last 11 games as they take the field in Las Vegas tonight in Game 3 of a four-game series. The Sounds slugged their way to another win last night and moved back to the top spot in the division because Round Rock had lost to Tacoma. Tonight it’s Daniel Mengden (2-0, 0.67 ERA, 4 starts) taking on right-hander Rafael Montero (2-1, 4.441 ERA, 7 starts). First pitch from Sin City is set for 9:05 CT on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Tonight’s interview is with OF/1B Matt Olson, who had four hits last night, hit a big home run in the ninth inning of the opener on Monday, and is hitting .378 over his last 10 games. He talks about the hot-hitting Sounds, his season so far, getting used to Triple-A pitchers, whether or not he feels like an outfielder now compared to his familiar roots at first base, and what it feels like to be in Nashville now as a Sound when he’d committed to play at Vanderbilt as a Georgia high schooler before signing with the A’s after getting drafted 47th overall pick in the 2012 draft.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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The Sounds and Las Vegas 51s go at it again tonight in Sin City with Game 2 in a four-game series at Cashman Field. Both teams are just half a game back of first in their division, and the Sounds have won eight of their last night nine after holding on last night in what became a nail-biter. Tonight Eric Surkamp (1-1, 3.18 ERA, 3 starts) takes on lefty Sean Gilmartin (4-1, 2.48 ERA, 6 starts). First pitch from Vegas is set for 9:05 CT with pregame at 8:50 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Tonight’s interview is with the longtime director of player development for the Sounds’ parent-club A’s, Keith Lieppman. He discusses last night’s game and the Sounds’ start to the season, all the injuries — 13 players on the DL — the A’s have had to deal with in the major leagues and the effect it has on the farm system and recent additions like Jaycob Brugman and Ryon Healy.

Photo courtesy Oakland A's

Photo courtesy Oakland A’s

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Jeff

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After going 7-1 on their eight-game homestand with series wins over Fresno and Sacramento, the Sounds continue their 16-game stretch of inter-conference play tonight in Las Vegas with the start of an eight-game road trip. Dillon Overton (2-4, 4.37) opposes Gabriel Ynoa (5-0, 2.09). The first pitch is set for 9:05 CT with pregame at 8:50 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Tonight’s interview is this week’s chat with Sounds manager Steve Scarsone, who discusses what he like most about the successful homestand, newcomers to the lineup from Double-A Midland like Jaycob Brugman and Ryon Healy, coming to hitter-friendly places like Vegas, and having rehabbing Oakland A’s with the club now in Josh Phegley and Jed Lowrie.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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The first-place  Sounds look to take their win streak to seven tonight as they host Sacramento in Game 3 of a four-game series. The Sounds won last night, 2-1, their third straight one-run game. Tonight Chris Smith (2-5, 4.40), coming off seven shutout innings in his last start, takes the mound opposite Ty Blach (5-3, 3.57). First pitch is set for 6:35 CT with pregame at 6:20. I’ll have the broadcast for you on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Tonight’s interview is with reliever J.B. Wendelken, who notched the save last night and has three saves out of his last three appearances. He discusses the adrenaline rush of late-game situations, what he learned during his first-ever stint in the major leagues, getting traded last off-season from the White Sox to the A’s, and the unique, colorful, much-teased-about button-down shirt he wears on travel days.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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