Brendan Katin injured his knee (I originally thought it was his foot) on a play to 1B on Friday night (2nd inning) and he left the game. He did not play Saturday or Sunday. This is the same knee that was previously operated on (miniscus).
He is day-to-day. Trainers are waiting for the swelling to subside before any major decisions are made on his treatment.
It was announced that David “the beer man” past away since last season. We all miss him.
Wow! What a difference a year makes.
The Sounds opened the 2009 season at home. We lost five of our first eight games last year. The average margin of loss in the first eight games in 2009? Try 7.2 runs per game/loss. When we lost last year in the first month or so, we lost badly.
So far in 2010, in the first eight games, all away games, we’ve only lost one game (a 4-0 shut out).
We have won 7 of 8 and the average margin of victory has been just 1.4 runs per game. We’ve one a lot of tight ones so far including three 1-run games.
That’s the good news.
The bad news? Our hitting has been horrible. If it weren’t for our pitching so far in 2010 we’d be sucking wind big time.
So far we are batting just .209 as a team. 3rd from the bottom in the PCL. Of our regulars players so far. the highest batting average is just .250 (Cruz).
Our pitching is tops in the PCL with a combined .188 ERA for our starters and relievers.
Thank God for Chris Smith, who has notched a league leading 5 saves so far. Smith alone has more saves (5) than the second place team has in total (4).
Let’s hope the Sounds’ bat become uncorked during our first home series against Iowa. Go Sounds!
Come on Sounds fans. Let’s get out to Greer tonight and root for the home team. The Sounds have had one of their best starts in years, going 7-1 on the road to open the season.
6,951 fans came out opening game last year April 9th and I remember it got a little chilly. We have great weather on tap for tonight. I’d love to see us top 8,500 in attendance tonight.
The Brewers have posted this news story online today:
CHICAGO — The Brewers made one tough call when they optioned left-handed relief specialist Mitch Stetter to Triple-A Nashville on Thursday. They’ll face another when Stetter actually reports, likely on Saturday.
Stetter first traveled back to Milwaukee to gather his belongings and planned to drive to Nashville. When he arrives, he will join a pitching staff that through Wednesday was tied for the Pacific Coast League lead with a 2.14 ERA. Sounds starters combined for a 2.89 ERA in the team’s first seven games, and the relievers owned a minuscule 0.47 ERA (one earned run in 19 1/3 innings).
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said the team had yet to decide on a move to free a spot for Stetter. There are already two lefty relievers there in promising prospect Zach Braddock and former big leaguer A.J. Murray.
In a close one at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, the Nashville Sounds came from behind in their last AB and scored three runs. With bases loaded and one out, Adam Heether turned in a stand-out performance at the plate, facing nine pitches from reliever Carlos Rosa. But Heether won that match earning the game-tying walk to make it 3-3. Ben Johnson then hit a sac-fly scoring Katin – the eventual game-winning run.
John Axford worked the 9th allowing two Omaha batters on base. With one out and runners on 1B and 2B, Irving Falu pinched hit and on the first pitch hit into a 6/4/3 double play.
McClendon (NAS) in relief earns his first win, and John Axford earned his 2nd save of the year.
Nashville goes 5-0 on the year and Omaha falls to 1-4.
The Nashville Sounds (4-0) completed an away-series four-game sweep of the Iowa Cubs last night. This is Nashville’s best start since they started out 8-0 in 2003.
Sounds’ pitching has been stellar. Nashville pitching leads the PCL with a current 1.46 ERA. The bull-pen has been phenomenal to date; with a minuscule .073 ERA. Starters have only yield a 1.82 ERA to date.
As a team Nashville is batting just .243 but it has been enough runs to post four victories.
Slugger Brendan Katin has been the hot bat, batting .417 on the road so far, and smashing three HRs.
Big disappointments at the plate so far have been:
- Almonte .000 (0 for 5)
- Farris .077 (1-13)
- Hopper .235 (4 for 17)
- Johnson .125 (1 for 8 )
- Koshansky .091 (1-11)
Brendan Katin is our series MVP. He went 5-12, 3 HR, 6 RBIs, 4 R, 4 BB, 2 K, SB. He is batting .417 through the first series.