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Sounds of the Game: June 4th, 2009

June 4, 2009

Here are the Sounds of the Game for June 4th, 2009

Butler's game 2 by you.

Chris Smith is called up to Milwaukee today.

Nashville (30-24) is currently riding a three-game win streak and sitting in first-place atop of the American North division in the PCL. The last time they won three in a row was May 10-13th. The Sounds are 1.5 games ahead of the Memphis Redbirds (28-25).

The Nashville Sounds just announced that closer Chris Smith was just called up to the Milwaukee Brewers this morning. He was 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA (5er/32.2ip) in 21 appearances for the Sounds with a team-leading 12 saves.

Cole Gillespie continues to struggle. His batting average has dipped below .200 (.198) again. He is just 3 for his last 30 (.100).  Jason Bourgeois has a cold bat in the Iowa series. He is 0 for 7. Joe Koshansky’s bat came alive yesterday, going 2 for 4 with a triple.

Alcides Escobar continues to push his batting average closer to .300 (currently at .292). He is 28 for his last 79 (.354). Escobar made a an incredible play on Tuesday as he fielded a ball to his left, did a complete-360, and threw the runner out.

Brendan Katin has cooled off from the weekend, going for 0 for his last six.From May 25-31 he led all PCL batters with five homers and 12 RBIs.  Katin has also made some very nice diving-catch plays this past week in right field.

Adam Heether (.329) continues to swing a hot bat. Heether is 4 for 6 in the current Iowa series with 4 RBIs.  Hernan Iribarren has been quietly striking a solid bat, hitting in 18 of his last 23 games  at a .346  clip (26 for 75). Angel Salome is 7 for last 19 (.368) as he enjoys a current six-game hitting streak.

Chris Duffy has not played in the Iowa series. He was placed on the temporary inactive list yesterday. Other players not playing in the Iowa series so far include Garciaparra and Arlis. After going 4 for 11 in the Omaha series, Erick Almonte has played little in the Iowa series (just one PH).

Last night’s 3-0 shut-out was the 5th for the Sounds this season, good enough for second in the PCL. Joshua Butler, newly added from Huntsvilla Double-A, takes the mound against Iowa tonight. He pitched very well in his opening 2-1 loss.

The Sound’s MVP for the first two Iowa games have been pitchers:  for the game one 3-0 win it was Lindsay Gulin,  and Chase Wright was the MVP in game two’s 3-0 shut-out.

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