This Is The Time Of Year It Gets Tough
By Kili Hood
This is the time of year it gets tough – the proverbial dog days of summer. The heat and humidity are unrelenting, and the grueling Sounds schedule keeps chugging along. Fortunately for the Sounds, they’ve got a couple of guys who keep the mood light, and are still enjoying every minute. Maybe it’s their age – as the youngest members of this year’s club, but Lorenzo Cain and Eric Farris are having a ball.
Cain, 23, who is touted as one of the Brewer’s top prospects, may attribute that fun, relaxed attitude to having already had a taste of the bigs, as he was called up to Milwaukee for a week back in July. “It was a lot of fun,” Cain said with a smile, “that’s where you want to be at.”
Back here in Nashville, Cain has continued to solidly contribute to the Sounds efforts, but admits that Greer has not been the friendliest of ballparks. “I don’t hit well here,” Cain explained. “I don’t know why. I’m not blaming the ballpark or anything, I’ve just struggled here.”
Despite the heat and the occasional struggles, both Cain and Farris are rarely seen without a smile on their faces. “Here’s the thing. We’re playing a game. Nobody’s having fun if they’re not playing well,” Farris said, “but either way, you know, the bright side of baseball is there’s always tomorrow.”
Farris, 24, who has had a pretty good career so far himself, is just glad to be back playing. Having fast-tracked his career to the Sounds, skipping Double-A ball altogether, he was off to a good start here in Nashville before suffering a torn ligament in his knee early on. Since returning to the Sounds, he’s been a solid contributor, going 28-for-73 in his last 18 games.
Farris credits the team chemistry for keeping them going this time of year. “We’ve got good chemistry. We have a good time together, we laugh,” said Farris, “after all, this is a game! I mean, we’re serious when we’re between the lines, but otherwise you’ll see us playing around and joking and laughing and having a good time.”
In terms of the team’s actual performance, there’s a little less to smile about. While their record hasn’t suffered on a game by game basis, having split the homestand at 4-4, and taking 3 of 4 on the road, they’ve fallen to 4 games back of the division lead. The good news is that there’s still plenty of baseball to be played, and plenty of time for Cain, Farris and the rest of the guys to turn it around and make a push for the playoffs.
The Sounds hit the road for yet another eight game road trip, where they’ll face for the first and only time this season the Reno Aces and the Las Vegas 51’s.While the team is on the road, the Sounds will host their 2nd annual “Davidson County Battle of the Badges” Blood Drive, on August 11th at Greer Stadium. The good guys return home on August 13th and will face the Salt Lake Bees followed by the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.