Sounds of the Game – June 8, 2009
The Nashville Sounds (33-26) are one of the hottest teams in the PCL, having won 7 of their last 10 games. Only Fresno is playing better ball in the last ten games (8-2). Round Rock is also 7 for their last 10 and will face the Sounds in Nashville next week (15th). Memphis is also heating up (6 of last 10) and come into Greer for a divisional face-off June 11th. The Redbirds are just two games behind the Sounds in the American North.
The Sound’s record of 33-26 (.559) is the fourth-best record in the PCL. Nashville winds up their current brief road series today against Omaha in a 12:05 start. It is the final game of sixteen contests between the two clubs in 2009. The O-Royals lead the series 8-7.
Game one yesterday between Nashville and Omaha (8-6 Sound’s victory) ended up being a slug-fest. Both teams combined for 14 runs and twenty hits. Escobar and Koshansky provided a lot of the fire power for Nashville, combining to knock in five runs. Escobar was our MVP of the game.
Nashville had to come from behind four runs to gain the win. The Sounds have come from behind 20 times this season to win, out of a total of 33 wins. They also outhit the O-Royals 11 to 9 in game one. The Sounds are 24-8 when they outhit their opponent this year.
Game two gave fans a change-up from game one: a pitching duel. The Sounds won the second game by a score of 3-1 in extra innings. Nashville is now 2-1 in extra inning games.
Lindsay Gulin started game two and pitched superbly in back-to-back starts now. Yesterday he pitched six innings on just four hits, one run (unearned). He left after six with a 1-1 tie and gave command over to reliever Ryan Houston. Houston was even better, going four more innings, keeping Omaha batters to just two hits and scoreless to earn his second win (2-1).
Our MVP of game two yesterday was Michael Garciaparra who earns his first game-MVP award of the year. He pinched-hit for Gillespie in the 10th to lead off and smacked a home run over the left field fence for the game-winning run.
Swinging the bat notably well for Nashville in this Omaha series are Bourgeois (6-13, 2 3B, RBI, 4R, SB) and Escobar (6-11, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R, 2 Sac). Struggling the most in Omaha right now is Brendan Katin (1-12, RBI, 3Ks).