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Sounds will have to quiet key hot hitters for Iowa in next home stand

April 24, 2009

The Nashville Sounds (9-6) will begin their second home stand of the season this weekend when they take on American North Division-leading Iowa Cubs (10-5), at Greer Stadium.

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Jason Bourgeois bats against the Redbirds.

The Sounds hope to improve greatly on their opening home stand series when they finished 3-5. However, the current road series the Sounds are wrapping up tonight boasts an impressive 6- 1 win-loss record.

The Sounds need to play well against the Cubs in this series because (as of 4/23) the Sounds are just one game behind the division-leading Cubs. Division rivals Omaha follow into Greer after the Cubs leave.

Who are the hot bats for Iowa as the series opens up Saturday evening at 6:00 PM?  There are four hitters swinging the bat particularly well in the early season for Iowa. Jason Dubois is batting .419 (on just 31 ABs). Jake Fox is a surprise in 2009 so far with a .404 ave. Chris Robinson is posting a .379 ave and Bobby Scales tips out at .360.  All averages are through April 23rd.

If Nashville is going to fare well against the American North Division-leaders they will have to slow down the average and run-production of Iowa’s big guns, like they did recently against the Redbirds’ big guns in Memphis.

The Saturday game start is 6:00 PM at Greer Stadium in Nashville. On the mound for the Sounds will be righty Mike Burns (2-0, 3.71), who has pitched effectively in 2009. Countering Burns for Iowa will be RHP Jose Ascanio (0-0, 0.71).  Ascanio was 2-1 (5.10 era) in 2008 with the Iowa Cubs, pitching in 40 games while recording a team-leading 11 saves.

For Iowa: Ascanio (0-0, 0.71) has appeared in three games in 2009, starting all three. He has pitched 8.2 innings surrendering 8 hits, giving up four runs (one earned).  He has given up four walks and fanned ten batters.

For Nashville: Burns (2-0, 3.71) has also started in and appeared in three games.  Burns has pitched 17 innings, giving up seven hits, seven runs (all earned), walked five and fanned ten.

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(RHP) Mike Burns coaches 1B in Memphis on April 22nd.

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