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Nashville Sounds Game Information: Nashville Sounds (40-55) at San Antonio Missions (60-36)

July 17, 2019 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Nashville Sounds News Release

Game #96: Nashville Sounds (40-55) at San Antonio Missions (60-36)

Pitching Matchup: RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx (0-1, 3.68) vs. RHP Aaron Wilkerson (6-1, 2.72)

First Pitch: 7:05 CST

Radio: 97.5 FM

TV: MiLB TV

From the Notes

Austin Bibens-Dirkx: 34-year-old Austin Bibens-Dirkx starts for the Sounds tonight. The right-hander is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 3 starts with Nashville. He has covered 14.2 innings and has allowed 11 hits and 5 walks while recording 13 strikeouts. He last pitched on July 11 and tossed 5.0 shutout innings against New Orleans. He allowed only 1 hit and 1 walk while recording 5 strikeouts. Bibens-Dirkx started his 2019 with the Uni-President Lions of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in Taiwan. He pitched 15 games overseas, starting 9 of them. Overall, he went 2-5 with a 5.28 ERA (46.0 IP/27 ER) and 1.26 WHIP. Bibens-Dirkx split 2018 between Triple-A Round Rock and Texas. In his second season with the Rangers, he went 2-3 with a 6.20 ERA in 13 games (6 starts). He went 3-6 with a 5.68 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) for Round Rock. In 37 MLB games, Bibens-Dirkx is 7-5 with a 5.27 ERA (114.1 IP/67 ER) in 37 games (12 starts). In 338 MiLB games, he's 64-59 with a 4.15 ERA. Bibens-Dirkx was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 16th round of the 2006 MLB Draft.

Granite Swipes #17: Outfielder Zack Granite stole his 17th base of the season in last night's loss. He is tied for 7th-most in the Pacific Coast League (Sam Hilliard, Albuquerque). Granite's single-season high for stolen bases is 56 with Double-A Chattanooga in 2016. Ian Miller of Tacoma leads the league with 25.

Another One-Run Game: Nashville lost a one-run game for only the 10th time this year, a number that is tied for fewest in the Pacific Coast League. In one-and-two-run games in 2019, Nashville is 24-20. In games decided by three-or-more runs, the Sounds are 16-35.

Struggling vs. San Antonio: The Sounds and Missions have played 10 times in 2019 and the Missions have won seven, including four straight. In the 10 head-to-head games, Nashville is hitting .210 with 24 walks and a .676 OPS. San Antonio is hitting .272 with 40 walks and an .822 OPS. Nashville's staff ERA is 5.60 (82.0 IP/51 ER) and San Antonio's is 2.96 (85.0 IP/28 ER).

Three-Headed Monster: Outfielder Scott Heineman rejoined Nashville on June 25 and is hitting .419 (26-for-62) since then, good for the 3rd-highest average in the Pacific Coast League. During that same timeframe, Christian Lopes has the 6th-highest average in the league at .412 (21-for-51) and Zack Granite has the 8th-highest mark at .397 (23-for-58).

What's the word around Nashville?

Nashville Humane (@nashvillehumane)

"Tito's Tail Waggin' Tuesday benefiting @nashvillehumane" is going to be a Home Run of FUN with @nashvillesounds and @TitosVodka Put on your cap, grab your pup and help homeless animals next Tuesday, July 23rd.

John Blake (@RangerBlake)

Roster moves for Tuesday: DH Hunter Pence activated from 10-day IL. RHP Taylor Guerrieri selected from Nashville. LHP Jesse Biddle placed on 10 day IL retroactive to July 15 with left shoulder fatigue. OF Willie Calhoun optioned to Nashville.


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