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The first-place Sounds conclude a 12-game road trip tonight in Round Rock. They’re looking to take three out of four from the Express (Rangers) after quite a night on Tuesday. If you weren’t along for the ride, you missed out. Sounds right-hander Jharel Cotton came within one out of a perfect game, retiring his first 26 batters in order before, after some controversy and an ejection of a Round Rock player, Doug Bernier hit a two-out triple to spoil the bid for perfection. Cotton “settled” for a complete-game one-hit shutout and a career-high 12 strikeouts. It would have been just the fourth nine-inning perfect game in the 114-year history of the Pacific Coast League, and the Sounds have two of them: John Wasdin, now the A’s Double-A Midland pitching coach, threw one at Greer Stadium against Albuquerque in ’03, and Manny Parra tossed one in Round Rock in ’07. It was the first nine-inning complete-game shutout by a Sounds pitcher since Mike Fiers blanked Iowa on August 31, 2001.

The Sounds have an 11-game lead atop the division with 26 to play, and they are 9-2 on the road trip. They’re off Thursday and (finally) back home on Friday to take on Reno (D’backs) and Vandy alum Matt Buschmann. Tonight Dillon Overton (10-4, 3.21) opposes rehabbing Rangers lefty Derek Holland (0-0, 0.00). The first pitch from Texas 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, who else, Cotton. He discusses his masterpiece and near-perfecto, including a great catch by Jaycob Brugman to end the seventh, the Bernier at-bat, the drama in the ninth inning, and not sleeping much last night.

And here are the highlights from last night:

Photo courtesy Melisa Oporto / Round Rock Express

Photo courtesy Melisa Oporto / Round Rock Express

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Jeff

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The Sounds and Round Rock Express (Rangers) continue their four-game series tonight, and each team is looking to take control of the series. The Sounds won the opener on Sunday night , and the Express got even last night in what turned out to be a lopsided game. Tonight Jharel Cotton (9-4, 4.70) opposes lefty Yohander Mednez (2-0, 0.00) in a fun matchup of highly-regarded prospects. The first pitch from Texas is set for 7:05 CT with pregame at 6:50 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE. The Sounds own a 9.5-game lead atop the division with 27 games to play in the regular season.

Tonight’s interview is with new Sounds reliever Bobby Wahl, who debuted last night with two scoreless innings having come up from Double-A Midland with IF/OF Josh Rodriguez. The hard-throwing Wahl discusses getting to Triple-A, how his and the team’s season were going at Midland (hint: Midland is rolling just like the Sounds), the evolution of his upper-90s velocity and the development of his other pitches to go with it.

Photo courtesy of MiLB.com

Photo courtesy of MiLB.com

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Jeff

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The Sounds and Round Rock Express (Rangers) continue their four-game series tonight, and the Sounds are looking to keep rolling. With their 6-1 win last night behind Raul Alcantara on the mound and back-to-back homers from Rangel Ravelo and Arismendy Alcantara, the Sounds are 8-1 on their 12-game road trip and still own a 10.0-game lead atop the division with 28 games to play. Tonight Chris Jensen (2-4, 3.76) makes the start in place of the recently-promoted Chris Smith, and he opposes Chi Chi Gonzalez (5-8, 5.16). The first pitch from Texas 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 club’s continuing road success, the 1-2 combo at the top of the lineup with Arismendy Alcantara and Jaycob Brugman, the call-up of veteran Chris Smith, and how Scarsone tries to give players a little breather here and there this late in the season.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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The Sounds and Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers) wrap up their four-game series tonight, and the Sounds are looking to take three out of four before moving their 12-game road trip to Round Rock on Sunday. Last night the Sounds slugged their way to a 12-7 victory and moved to a season-high 16 games over .500. With 30 games remaining, their lead atop the division remains 10.0 games. Tonight Daniel Mengden (4-1, 1.25) takes the hill against Aaron Wilkerson (1-3, 5.55). The first pitch from the rockies 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 the newest Sound, Jharel Cotton, who was acquired by the A’s with two others on Monday from the Dodgers for Josh Reddick and Rich Hill. Cotton had already been in the league with Oklahoma City, which happened to be here in Colorado Springs at the time of the trade, forcing Cotton to hang out for a couple of days until the Sounds arrived on Wednesday. He discusses coming to the A’s, getting to know new teammates, the evolution of his outstanding change-up and cutter, and living Virginia and now Michigan after growing up in the Virgin Islands.

Photo courtesy MiLB.com

Photo courtesy MiLB.com

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Jeff

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The Sounds and Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers) continue their four-game series tonight, and for the Sounds it’s Game 7 of a 12-game road trip. They’re 5-1 so far after a sweep in New Orleans and splitting the first two in Colorado. Last night Renato Nunez led the way with four RBIs, including a two-run homer, in a 5-4 win, and Jharel Cotton turned in a quality start (6ip, 1r, W) in his Sounds debut following being traded from the Dodgers to the A’s on Monday. The Sounds have a 10.0-game lead over both Round Rock and Memphis with 31 games left in the regular season, and the Sky Sox trail Oklahoma City by 7.0 games in their division. Tonight Ross Detwiler (3-0, 2.60) opposes former Sound Wily Peralta (1-3, 6.34). The first pitch from the rockies is set for 8:05 CT with pregame at 7:50 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Tonight’s interview is with the 22-year-old third baseman Nunez, who discusses his season so far, his natural power, having 18 homers in 101 games for the Sounds after hitting 18 in 93 games at Double-A Midland a year ago, how he’s developed since entering pro baseball at the age of 16, and being part of the core of this Sounds team that has largely moved up together the past few years.

Photo courtesy of Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy of Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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Jeff

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The Sounds continue their 12-game road trip tonight as they play Game 2 in a four-game series in Colorado Springs against the Sky Sox (Brewers). The Sounds are looking to even the set after a 4-1 loss last night, as their 1-0 lead evaporated in the seventh on a Lewis Brinson grand slam.  Tonight Jharel Cotton, acquired on Monday from the Dodgers when the A’s dealt Josh Reddick and Rich Hill, makes his Sounds debut. He went 8-5 with a 4.90 ERA in 22 outings (16 starts) for Oklahoma City before the trade. He opposes former Sound Hiram Burgos (5-8, 5.06). The first pitch from the rockies is set for 8:05 CT with pregame at 7:50 on 102.5 The Game, the TuneIn Radio app and online HERE.

Tonight’s interview is with outfielder Brett Eibner, who was acquired Saturday from Kansas City for Billy Burns. Eibner discusses coming to the A’s and joining the Sounds, his season so far, including his first-ever major league call-up, and not having uniform and facial hair rules with the A’s that he had at Triple-A with Kansas City.

Photo courtesy of MLB

Photo courtesy of MLB

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Jeff

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The Sounds continue their 12-game road trip tonight as they go for a four-game sweep in New Orleans against the Zephyrs (Marlins). With 34 games remaining in the regular season, the Sounds have opened up a 10.0-game lead atop the division. They’re 14-6 in their last 20 games, and in their last six games, they’re 5-1 while allowing a total of six runs. Three of the last six games have been shutouts, including last night’s 7-0 cruise control victory. Tonight Raul Alcantara (1-0, 0.00), who has not allowed an earned run in his 14 innings since joining the club from Double-A Midland, makes the start against Dylan Axelrod (7-5, 3.93), who ranks ninth in the league in ERA. First pitch from the bayou 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 this week’s chat — normally on a Monday — with Sounds manager Steve Scarsone. He discusses whether the Sounds have begun to look toward a potential playoff berth and division title, if today feels any different now that the MLB trade deadline of yesterday has passed, the addition Brett Eibner, who was acquired Saturday from Kansas City for Billy Burns, and the addition of Dodgers prospect Jharel Cotton, who will start for the Sounds on Thursday in Colorado Springs after being included yesterday in the deal involving Josh Reddick and Rich Hill.

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Thanks for listening! On the air and off.

Jeff

If you want to follow me on Twitter: @JeffHemPBP
If you want to send me an email: JeffH@NashvilleSounds.com
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