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Gamel vs Fox match-up did not disappoint

April 28, 2009

Two of the biggest hitters in the PCL faced off in the recently-completed four game series between the Nashville Sounds (11-9) and the Iowa Cubs (13-7). Iowa slugger Jake Fox came into the series batting .426 and when he left Nashville today he added 20-points to his average, now an incredible .446.

Nashville’s slugger – Mat Gamel – does not play in the shadow of Fox however. Gamel’s average did dip a little below .400 for the season though as it now rests at .389.

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Nashville's Mat Gamel (left) and Iowa's Jake Fox (right).

How did these two sluggers do in the series they just finished at Greer Stadium in Nashville?

Jake Fox was 7-13, scored 7 runs, doubled twice, slugged 4 HRs, knocked in 6 runs, walked 4 times and struck out twice.

Mat Gamel was 6-15, scored three times, doubled once, hit 2 HRs, knocked in 4 runs, walked three times, and struck-out three times.

For 21,344 fans (combined attendance) who attended this opening Iowa series for 2009 it was baseball entertainment at its best. Sound’s fan can be proud of the way their team played against one of the best teams in the Pacific Coast League.

The Sounds split the four-game series winning the first and last games, 6-3 and 7-4. They lost the middle two 3-0 and 7-3Nashville has won 6 of their last 10 games. Against Iowa, the Sounds scored 16 runs, giving up 14.  Nashville out-hit Iowa 35 to 34.

Nashville completes their first home stand series against Iowa with a respectable 11-9 record considering they started out at 5-8 to open the season. The Sounds are just two full games behind the Cubs in the American North division of the PCL.

On Thursday, April 30th, the Sounds open a four-game home stand against the Omaha Royals. Omaha is one-half game ahead of Nashville in the same division.  Both teams have won 6 of their last 10 games.

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