Monday, May 5, 2008
Sounds show Salt Lake who's great
Surging Nashville takes its first series against PCL's finest
By MAURICE PATTON • Staff Writer(Tennessean) • May 5, 2008
It took the Nashville Sounds — losers of 19 of their first 26 games — to do what the rest of the Pacific Coast League hadn't done through the opening month of the season:
Nashville clinched its first series win of the season Sunday, defeating Salt Lake 5- for its first three-game winning streak of the season. For the Bees, the three losses are one more than they had through their first 26 games; their 24-2 start coming into the weekend was the best in the history of minor league baseball.
"I think it's obvious we have a good team," said third baseman Adam Heether, whose two-out, bases-loaded double in the fourth inning gave the Sounds a 4-0 lead following Russell Branyan's second-inning solo home run. "I don't think anybody was pressing too much; we were waiting for things to go our way, and it was a matter of time before that happened."
The Sounds improved to 10-19 with their fifth win in six games; it took Nashville 21 games to get its first five wins of the season.
"We were scuffling a little bit, but we've regrouped," Sounds pitcher Mark DiFelice said. "The team we have now is pretty solid. It took time for everybody to jell."
DiFelice pitched five innings of four-hit ball, struck out nine and allowed only a leadoff homer to Dee Brown in the fifth inning.