Nashville started off red hot, going 7-1 on the road. Then they came home to Greer and have plainly struggled, losing 3 of their last 4 (4-7, 7-1, 6-11 and 0-4). In the skid vs Iowa, the Sounds plated 17 runs but gave up 23. The series starting tonight vs Oklahoma City (8-4) will reveal just how much this young team has to work on.
Here have been the keys to victory so far this year (8-4) for Nashville:
- Bullpen ERA is just .176
- 7-0 if the Sounds score first
- 6-0 if they outhit their opponent
- 6-0 if leading after the 7th inning
Just when the Sounds’ bats started to come alive they were shut down with authority tonight as Iowa defeated Nashville by a score of 4-0. The Cubs only had four hits but they made ample use of what they got. Iowa takes 3 of 4 in the series.
Was there a bright spot for Nashville? Yes, Tim Dillard in relief. He fanned seven batters over 4 2/3 hitless innings. IN his four outings with the Sounds this year he has worked 11.0 scoreless innings and recorded 12 strikeouts. He has held the opposition batting to a measely .139 batting average.
After a rather dismal start at the plate, as a team, the Sounds’ bats have finally shown a little life in the current home stand. When this series started on Friday night there was not one single player really swinging the bat very well.
Through Sunday, who is finally starting to put the bat to the ball?
- Erick Almonte (5-11 in series) so far
- Luis Cruz (5-13)
- Eric Farris (3-8)
- Adam Heether (3-9)
- Ben Johnson (3-9)
- Joe Koshansky (3-9)
Still struggling at the plate are: Hopper (2-14), Oeltjen (1-12), Olmedo (1-9).
Today’s game was exciting for sure but Nashville came out on the losing end in an 11-6 slug fest. Nashville’s defense was horrible, making five errors.
Nashville’s usual reliable relief pitching was less-than today as Murray suffered the loss in defeat.
Today’s photo gallery of over 200 pictures is here.
Adam Heether’s 6th inning home run (3) was exciting as it brought the Sounds even at 6-6.
Happy 11th birthday Ozzie.
Ozzie is a big hit with all the fans, of every age.
Ozzie is 0-for-ever against the kids running the bases.
Eric Almonte hit a triple today. Really, he did.
Here’s the picture to prove he . . . well . . . sorta slid into 3B.
He’s the only player I’ve ever seen stretch a triple into an almost-double.
One of the real treats baseball fans have enjoyed this series vs the Iowa Cubs is seeing the Iowa skipper Ryne Sandburg work the dugout and 3B.
In 16 seasons Ryno batted a lifetime .285 batting average and played in the 1984 and 1989 National League Championship Series for the Cubs, batting .385.