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The Sounds and the New Orleans continue their series down on the bayou tonight with Game 2. Due to Friday’s game being cancelled by rain and not made up, it’s now a three-game series. The Z’s won the opener last night despite a memorable night by Sounds third baseman Matt Chapman. He belted three home runs — by the end of the 5th inning! — and became the 7th Sound in franchise history to hit three home runs in one game. Chapman singled in his fourth at-bat and struck out in his last at-bat in a bid for four homers, which no Sound has ever accomplished. Check out the company Chapman join as a Sound with a three-homer game:

Steve Balboni, 5/1/80 at Knoxville
Dan Pasqua, 9/3/84 vs. Memphis
Darnell Coles, 4/10/92 at Denver
Craig Wilson, 6/6/00 vs. Tucson
Ryan Braun, 4/14/07 at New Orleans
Russell Branyan, 5/16/08 vs. New Orleans
Matt Chapman, 9/3/16 at New Orleans

Tonight in Game 2 it’s Daniel Gossett (1-0, 2.57, 1 start) making his second appearance for the Sounds and opposing veteran Dylan Axelrod (9-7, 4.31, 25 games, 24 starts). The first pitch from The Big Easy is set for 6:00 CT with pregame at 5:45 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Tonight’s interview is with Chapman, who discusses his big night last night, his season so far, his longtime relationship with Sounds hitting coach Eric Martins, and his upcoming appearance in the Arizona Fall League.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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It’s afternoon baseball from Music City today. The division-champion Sounds continue their four-game series with the Iowa Cubs and look to move their win streak to six after another victory last night. A win today would guarantee the 82-56 Sounds finish at least tied for the best record in the league. Six games remain in the regular season, and one week from today — September 7, 7:05 at Oklahoma City — the Sounds start the playoffs. Today Jesse Hahn (1-6, 3.57) makes a rehab start, and opposes Jordan Pries (5-3, 5.09). The first pitch from the 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 Part 2 of a two-part chat taped yesterday with Billy Beane, the executive vice president of baseball operations for the Sounds’ parent-club Oakland A’s. Part 1 of the conversation can be found HERE.

Billy Beane, A's Executive VP of Baseball Operations

Billy Beane, A’s Executive VP of Baseball Operations

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Jeff

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Here is today’s interview with A’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Billy Beane. This is Part 1 of 2. The second part will air on Wednesday’s pregame show. Sorry for the delayed post, but I hope you find it worth the wait. Joey Wendle’s name does come up in some breaking news…

Billy Beane, A's Executive VP of Baseball Operations

Billy Beane, A’s Executive VP of Baseball Operations

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Jeff

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The division-champion Sounds, fresh off an 8-1 record on their nine-game road trip, are back in Nashville tonight to welcome the Iowa Cubs to First Tennessee Park for a four-game series. The Sounds have eight games left in the regular season before starting the post-season next Wednesday, September 7, in Oklahoma City against the Dodgers, who clinched their division last night. Tonight the Sounds send Raul Alcantara (4-0, 0.89) to the mound against Josh Collmenter (0-0, 1.35). The first pitch from the 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 the Sounds’ division-clinching win in Memphis on Friday, what advantages clinching this early presents, what the A’s might do on September 1 when rosters expand, and the recent play from shortstop Josh Rodriguez in the stead of Chad Pinder.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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The division-champion Sounds conclude a nine-game road trip today with afternoon baseball in Memphis. It’s the finale of a five-game series the Sounds have already won, and they’re 7-1 overall on the trip. Today Daniel Mengden (7-2, 1.66) takes on Matt Pearce, who makes his Memphis and Triple-A debut. The first pitch from the Bluff City is set for 2:05 CT with pregame at 1:50 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Today’s interview is with Sounds lefty Dillon Overton, who tossed six innings of one-run ball for the win last night, improving to 13-5 with a 3.29 ERA as a Sound this year and notching his team-high 13th quality start. He discusses the Sounds’ division-clinching win on Friday, his last few outings since his most recent stint with the A’s, the emotions involved in his big league debut in June, the adjustments he’s tried to make at Triple-A that can help him when he gets back to Oakland, and the possibility of pitching for the Sounds in the playoffs in his home state of Oklahoma — OKC’s magic number is 1 to clinch its division — if he’s not called up to the A’s when rosters expand on September 1.

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 (72-54) 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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Jeff

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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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Jeff

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