"Rained Out" Takes On Whole New Meaning!
By Kili Hood
Well, as promised in last week’s column, the law of averages started to even out and home field advantage has actually become that – well, sort of, anyways. The Memphis Redbirds made the first of two trips to Greer Stadium, and did not receive a warm welcome. The Sounds won the first two games of the homestand, posting a 4-2 victory on Throwback Thursday, followed by a 7-4 thriller on Friday in front of over 8,500 fans, the largest crowd of the season.
The Sounds, boasting a league-best 16-6 record, were looking to extend upon their seven-game win streak, the longest of the season by any team in the PCL, however Mother Nature had other plans. Strong storms and unrelenting rain caused massive flooding throughout Nashville, causing both Saturday and Sunday’s games to be rained out. Both games will be made up the next time the Redbirds return to Music City, as part of two doubleheaders on June 15th and June 17th.
The Sounds hit the road last week for a quick four-gamer with the New Orleans Zephyrs, only apparently the Zephyrs didn’t get the message. The Sounds continued their road domination by sweeping the Zephyrs, for their second series sweep of the season, improving their road record to an impressive 11-1.
The story so far for this team has been its dominating pitching. The Sounds not only have the best starting ERA in the PCL, but they have the best overall bullpen ERA, led by closer Chris Smith, who already has 10 saves on the season. Ironically, Sounds pitching has given up 21 home runs, more than any other team in the league. As long as they keep hitting and playing good defense, they’ll be ok.
The Sounds are headed out of town again, this time headed to the Lone Star State for a four-game stint with the Round Rock Express, followed by four games against the Albuquerque Isotopes. The good guys return home May 11th for an eight-game homestand, where they’ll face the Tacoma Rainiers and the Portland Beavers.
When the guys return home, fans can look forward to exciting promotions, including Dollar Dog Night, Throwback Thursday, a Kids T-Shirt giveaway and fireworks. Highlighting the homestand will be an appearance by former Atlanta Braves outfielder and Baseball Legend Dale Murphy, who will be the guest speaker at the Sounds Kick-Off Luncheon featuring the entire Sounds team and coaching staff on Tuesday, May 18th at The Wildhorse Saloon. Murphy will then throw out the first pitch at the game that evening to wrap things up before the team hits the road again.