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The Sounds play Game 2 of a four-game set in Iowa tonight as they face the I-Cubs at Principal Park in Des Moines. It’s Zach Neal (7-6, 3.84) against Dallas Beeler (4-5, 5.49). First pitch is set for 7:08 CT with pregame on 102.5 The Game at 6:50.

Tonight’s pregame interview is with Sounds pitching coach Don Schulze, a Chicago-area native who was drafted by the Cubs in 1980 and pitched for the Iowa Cubs in 1983-84 before he was traded to Cleveland in the Rick Sutcliffe deal in ’84. Schulze discusses coming back to Des Moines, growing up a Cubs fan and then getting drafted by the club, his memories of AAA as a player and what impact it has on his coaching; and some thoughts on Nate Long, Zach Neal, Barry Zito and Pat Venditte.

August 12 – Chat with Sounds pitching coach Don Schulze

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Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

Sounds pitching coach Don Schulze, shown during his time as a Chicago Cubs pitcher

Sounds pitching coach Don Schulze, shown during his time as a Chicago Cubs pitcher

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After an off day Monday, the Sounds are back it tonight as they open a four-game series in Iowa against the I-Cubs. Tonight starts the final stretch — 28 games in a row to end the season. It’s Nate Long (2-4, 6.45) taking on Tsuyoshi Wada (3-4, 3.84). First pitch from Principal Park on 102.5 The Game is set for 7:08 CT with pregame coverage starting at 6:50.

Tonight’s interview is this week’s chat with Sounds manager Steve Scarsone. He discusses the Sounds’ 6-3 record over the last nine games thanks to influx of offense — outfielder Jake Smolinski and infielder Max Muncy back from Oakland and infielder Rangel Ravelo up from Double-A Midland; and the potential return before the end of the season for guys like pitchers Sean Nolin and Jim Fuller and infielder Tyler Ladendorf.

August 11 – Weekly chat with Sounds manager Steve Scarsone

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Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds continue their five-game series with Memphis as they face the Redbirds in Game 4. It’s Cody Martin (0-3, 6.37) against John Gast (5-8, 5.08) at 6:35 with pregame on 102.5 The Game starting at 6:20.

Tonight’s interview is with Sounds outfielder Jason Pridie, who went 3-for-4 with a triple, made a diving catch and robbed a homer last night in the Sounds’ 7-4 defeat. Pridie discusses his catches last night, his overall success this season, and how he feels at this point in the season with 30 games remaining. Here’s the video of Pridie robbing Dean Anna of a home run last night:

August 8 – Chat with outfielder Jason Pridie

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Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds play Game 3 of their four-game set in Nebraska tonight as they send Cody Martin (0-3, 6.48) against Andy Ferguson (3-2, 3.83). The Sounds never trailed in a 9-4 win on Saturday, thanks to a first-inning three-run homer from Ryan Roberts. Then Sunday night Brent Morel hit a first-inning three-run homer, but the Sounds couldn’t hold that lead, eventually, falling, 11-5. First pitch tonight is set for 7:05, and pregame on 102.5 The Game starts at 6:50.

Tonight’s interview is this week’s Monday chat with manager Steve Scarsone, who discusses the Triple-A perspective following the July 31 trade deadline, the emergence of Nate Freiman (.303 in last 16 games) in the middle of the order and the outlook for the team with 35 games remaining in the season.

August 3 – Weekly chat with Sounds manager Steve Scarsone

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Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds continue a four-game series in Omaha tonight as they take on the Storm Chasers in Game 2. The Sounds won the opener, 9-4, last night behind a quality start win from Barry Zito, a three-run homer in the first from Ryan Roberts and three doubles from Nate Freiman. Tonight it’s Zach Neal (7-4, 3.07) against Miguel Almonte (2-0, 1.80). First pitch in 102.5 The Game is set for 5:05 CT, and pregame starts at 4:50.

Tonight’s interview is with Sounds first baseman Nate Freiman, whose three hits last night raised his overall average to .209 and .323 in 15 games since the all-star break. He discusses his season to this point, which included missing time early in the season with a back injury and then a groin injury; his hot hitting of late; being a 6’8″ baseball player (“6-foot-8 Nate”); his wife, Amanda, a pro golfer; and his 2013 that included a full season in the big leagues with the division-champion A’s.

August 2 – Chat with Sounds first baseman Nate Freiman

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Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds continue an eight-game homestand tonight as they wrap up a four-game set with the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins). The Sounds are hoping to avoid a sweep and snap a five-game losing streak as they send Barry Zito (6-7, 3.54) to the mound opposite Jose Urena (6-1, 2.44). First pitch is set for 7:05 on 102.5 The Game, and pregame coverage starts at 6:50.

Tonight’s interview is a weekly chat with Sounds manager Steve Scarsone, who discusses the Sounds’ losing streak; how he approaches making out his lineup late in the season when regular players need occasional rest; and what the days leading up to the July 31 trade deadline can be like for a Triple-A club that may see some roster changes.

July 27 – Weekly chat with Sounds manager Steve Scarsone

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Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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The Sounds play Game 2 of their four-game series with New Orleans tonight, and it’s the second game of an eight-game homestand. Brad Mills (4-9, 4.09), coming off a seven-inning quality start win in Colorado Springs last Monday, takes the hill against Justin Nicolino (5-6, 3.62). First pitch from First Tennessee Park is set for 6:35, and pregame on 102.5 The Game starts at 6:20.

Tonight’s interview is with Friday night’s Sounds starter Cody Martin, who tossed a seven-inning quality start but suffered the loss in a 4-1 final. It was just his fourth outing with the Sounds since being traded from Atlanta to Oakland on July 2. Martin was a reliever for the Braves in the big leagues this year and made their Opening Day roster, and he was a starter for Triple-A Gwinnett when he was sent down a couple of times. He discusses coming to the A’s and Sounds; having current Sounds reliever Aaron Kurcz join him with the A’s from Atlanta just two days after Martin was traded; and the adrenaline and emotions of Opening Day in the major leagues and his debut the next day.

July 25 – Chat with Sounds pitcher Cody Martin

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Photo courtesy Mike Strasinger / Nashville Sounds

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