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What a nice start to an eight-game homestand! Friday night’s 3-1 Sounds win over Memphis had a little bit of everything. Perfect weather. Great crowd. A few outstanding defensive plays. Very good starting pitching, as Frankie Montas out-dueled Jack Flaherty. The intra-state rivalry renewed for the first time this season. The Sounds hosting the reigning league champs. And the Sounds have three former Redbirds — Nick Martini, Anthony Garcia, and Josh Lucas — while the Redbirds have two former Sounds — Rangel Ravelo and Yairo Munoz — plus a player (Max Schrock) who would have been a Sound this year if not for the Oakland-St. Louis trade that involved Stephen Piscotty. The Sounds pulled out the victory as Garcia homered off Flaherty in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie, and Jake Sanchez, Jeremy Bleich, and Raul Alcantara combined for three scoreless relief innings. Game 2 is set for Saturday night at 6:35 CT when Daniel Gossett opposes lefty Austin Gomber. The 2nd-place Sounds are within 5.0 games of the 1st-place Redbirds after Friday’s win.

Below are the highlights from Friday’s game, plus my pregame chat with Lucas, who discusses his time with the Cardinals, and a unique three-day stretch in March when he was acquired by the A’s during a time he’d been DFA’d by St. Louis and welcomed a baby boy into the world with his wife.

Highlights:

RHP Josh Lucas:

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Jeff

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The Sounds and New Orleans continue their five-game series tonight with Game 4. The Sounds won the first two before falling last night, 3-0, and wasting another seven-inning effort from starter James Naile. Tonight Frankie Montas opposes Zac Gallen.

First pitch tonight from downtown Nashville is set for 6:35 pm CT with pregame at 6:20 on 97.5-FM, the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps, and online HERE.

Below I’m playing audio catch-up…here are some pregame interviews from the last few days, including Friday’s with Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson.

Hall of Famer and A’s instructor Rickey Henderson:

A’s instructor, spring training coordinator and Short-A Vermont manager Aaron Nieckula:

A’s minor league pitching coordinator Gil Patterson:

Sounds manager Fran Riordan:

Omaha manager and former Sound Brian Poldberg:

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Jeff

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The Sounds continue their Midwest road trip tonight as they open a four-game series in The Cornhusker State against the Omaha Storm Chasers. The Sounds are 8-7 after failing to get the sweep last night in Iowa in a 7-1 loss. James Naile, the reigning PCL Pitcher of the Week, takes on Trevor Oaks tonight. The Sounds need Nail to eat up innings because their bullpen is undermanned. Josh Lucas and Daniel Coulombe have been optioned by the A’s in the last 24 hours but aren’t here yet, and Lou Trivino, who was optioned Thursday by the A’s, threw 49 pitches on Wednesday. The Sounds also had to use Kyle Finnegan (33 pitches) and Simon Castro (27) extensively last night. Position player Melvin Mercedes was warming in the bullpen last night in the eighth inning before Castro finished the frame.

First pitch tonight from Papillion, Nebraska, is set for 7:05 pm CT with pregame at 6:50 on 97.5-FM, the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps, and online HERE.

Below is the pregame interview from Thursday in Iowa with Sounds lefty and former I-Cub Eric Jokisch, who discussed his time with the Cubs organization, pitching last year for Reno in a hitter-friendly environment, and the minor league free agent process that brought him to the A’s.

Eric Jokisch:

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Jeff

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The Sounds finished their first homestand of the year with a 5-2 record following another walk-off win Monday afternoon, beating Omaha, 5-4. It was the second straight one-run walk-off victory for the Sounds, who are now 6-6 on the year as they hit the road again. Tuesday night the Sounds are in Iowa to start a seven-game road trip against the I-Cubs. First pitch is set for 6:38 CT on 97.5-FM, the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps, and online HERE. As I type this, Trevor Cahill is scheduled to start for the Sounds with Daniel Gossett following him in a tandem, but the A’s are also in need of a five-man rotation again beginning Tuesday, and Cahill’s name has been widely mentioned as the likely call-up.

Speaking of pitching, today Sounds righty James Naile was named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week following his seven-inning complete game shutout yesterday over Omaha. Naile is 3-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 17 2/3 innings this year. He got that third win Sunday after Dustin Garneau’s game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh. That highlight is below as well the game-ending wild pitch from today that scored BJ Boyd, and our weekly “Mondays with the Manager” pregame show with Fran Riordan.

Dustin Garneau’s single beats Omaha on Sunday:

BJ Boyd scores on a wild pitch to beat Omaha on Monday:

“Mondays with the Manager” with Fran Riordan:

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Jeff

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The Sounds continue their homestand today with a doubleheader against Omaha, picking up last night’s game in the 4th inning with a 6-2 lead, and then playing a 7-inning game after that.

First pitch today from diowntown Nashville is set for 2:05 pm CT with pregame at 1:50 on 97.5-FM, the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps, and online HERE.

Audio from the last few days is below, including chats with outfielder BJ Boyd, A’s instructor and former Sounds manager Steve Scarsone, pitching coach Rick Rodriguez, and today’s interview with hitting Eric Martins.

BJ Boyd:

Steve Scarsone:

Rick Rodriguez:

Eric Martins:

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Jeff

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The Sounds continue their seven-game homestand tonight against Iowa and are looking to string some wins together. Last night they played one of their best games of the young season, taking down the I-Cubs, 7-0, in front of over 8,000 fans in the home opener. Tonight Frankie Montas makes the start with Chris Bassitt following him in a tandem, and they oppose the Jen-Ho Tseng, Cubs’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year from 2017.

First pitch tonight from diowntown Nashville is set for 6:35 pm CT with pregame at 6:20 on 97.5-FM, the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps, and online HERE.

Below is audio from tonight’s pregame show and the past couple days…our “Mondays with the Manager” with Fran Riordan, Tuesday’s conversation with center fielder Dustin Fowler, and tonight’s interview with former major league Mark Kotsay, the A’s former bench coach and now a quality control coach.

Fran Riordan (April 9):

Dustin Fowler (April 10):

Mark Kotsay (April 11):

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Jeff

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After a long night Saturday and a 2-1 loss, the Sounds take on New Orleans today to continue their season-starting five-game series today with an afternoon affair. It’s Eric Jokisch making his Sounds debut and opposing Ben Meyer. First pitch today from the bayou is set for 1 pm CT with pregame at 12:45 on 97.5-FM, the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps, and online HERE.

Below is audio from yesterday and today’s pregame shows. Saturday Chris Bassitt talked about his great relief outing on Friday and his long road back from Tommy John surgery, and today Bobby Wahl discusses his outing last night, his big league debut last May, and recovering from last year’s thoracic outlet surgery.

Chris Bassit:

Bobby Wahl:

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Jeff

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