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May 20, 2009

Will the Sounds continue to do well on the road?

Nashville won 6 of 8 home games from May 12-19th.  Their home record for 2009 is now 12-11.  Coming into this recently completed home series the Sounds were 17-15. Their record has improved to 23-17 overall. Nashville has clearly gained some strong momentum as they now lead the PCL American North division and have the 3rd best winning percentage in the league (.575).

Who have been some of the leading factors in the Sounds gaining their current momentum in the past several games?

Tony Gwynn (.309) has continued his hot playing. He was 9-21, 2 RBIs, 2 2B, 4 runs as he started this recent home stand. He finished 5-18, and 3 runs in the Las Vegas series just ended. He has been consistent all year. He is batting .309.

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Joe Koshansky (.224) was showing signs of heating up as the Sounds started their home stand series. He finished the home game stand against Las Vegas going 3 for 11, with 2 RBIs. Look for him to heat up again when he goes on the road tomorrow.

Alcides Escobar (.273) heated up in the home series just completed. He went 5 for 12, scored six runs, and had an RBI.

Angel Salome (.250) was picking up steam before sitting down for the last game in the Las Vegas series. Before then he was 5-8, 2 RBI.

Who cooled off during the recently completed home stand?

  • Erick Almonte
  • Jason Bourgeois
  • Carlos Corporan
  • Michael Carciaparra
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Cole Gillespie has been disappointing at the plate since he came up to Triple-A ball on April 23rd.

Who is still disappointing over the last several weeks?

  • Cole Gillespie (.221) was very cold (1-16, 7 SOs) coming into the recently completed home stand. He is still struggling. Against Las Vegas recently he was 2-11, 1 HR, 1 RBI.
  • Carlos Corporan (.258) went 1 for ten in most recent series.

Here’s what I said to watch for as the recently completed home stand was starting, and here are the answers as the series has been ended:

  • Will Cole Gillespie continue to get playing time even though he is swinging the worst bat of the entire team?
    Yes, he started every game and has continued to swing a sub-par bat. He did have several good fielding plays recently though.
  • Will the Sounds produce runs for starters Lindsay Gulin and Chase Wright?
    Yes, Gulin won his May 16th outiing.
  • Will Joe Koshansky continue his hot bat at home?
    Sorta, though not on fire, his home performance improved.3 for 11, with 2 RBIs in the most recent series.
  • Will Mat Gamel’s bat come alive again?
    He moved up to the Brewers on 5.14 but was on a ten-game slide of .230.
  • Will Mike Rivera have an impact for the Sounds while on rehab?
    Yes, had one game-winning RBI but only stayed down for three games.
  • Will Jason Bourgeois continue to hit well?
    No, he cooled off.
  • Will the Sounds play solid defensive ball, committing few errors?
    Mostly yes. 3 of the 8 games were errorless, four had just one error, and one game had 2.
  • Will starters Dillard and Burns continue their domination?
    Yes, both men won their next game.
  • Will Brendan Katin get more playing time and perform?
    No. He was sat from May 10th – 16th. When re-inserted into the line-up he made the most of it.
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Joe Koshansky seems to be heating up at the plate.

As the Sounds start the next road series (May 21-28th) . . .

  • Will Garciaparra see more PT and will he perform better?
  • Will Heether be the regular starting 3B?
  • Will Almonte get much PT?
  • Will Koshanky get hot again on the road?
  • Will Gwynn continue his consistency?
  • Will Salome get more PT, sharing with Corporan the duties?
  • Will Burns and Dillard continue their domination?
  • Will Iribarren get PT in Milwaukee?
  • Will Gamel produce during the inter-league play (May 22-24th) for Milwaukee?
  • Will Gillespie continue to start even though his bat is very weak?
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