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Nashville Sounds Game Information: Nashville Sounds (56-66) vs. Omaha Storm Chasers (52-72)

August 18, 2019 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Nashville Sounds News Release

Game #123: Nashville Sounds (56-66) vs. Omaha Storm Chasers (52-72)

Pitching Matchup: LHP Wes Benjamin (6-5, 6.01) vs. LHP Eric Skoglund (1-4, 6.59)

First Pitch: 6:15 CST

Radio: 97.5 FM


At the Park

Gates open at 5:15 p.m.

Guitar Scoreboard Replica Picture Frame Giveaway to the first 2,000 fans presented by First Tennessee.

Middle Tennessee Hyundai Dealers pre-game autograph session with select Sounds players from 5:15 to 5:30 p.m.

Postgame Kids (12 & under) Run the Bases presented by First Tennessee.

From the Notes

Wes Benjamin: 26-year-old Wes Benjamin starts for the Sounds tonight. The left-hander is making his 24th appearance (22nd start) of the season and is 6-5 with a 6.01 ERA while covering 112.1 innings. Benjamin has yielded 131 hits and 48 walks to go with 95 strikeouts. Benjamin last pitched on August 10 in Sacramento and went a season-high 7.0 innings. He limited the River Cats to 3 runs on 5 hits in his 6th win of the year. Benjamin spent the majority of his 2018 season with Double-A Frisco where he went 5-6 with a 3.62 ERA in 15 starts. The southpaw spent nearly two months on the disabled list from June 7-July 31 with a left elbow strain. Despite missing time, Benjamin led the Frisco staff in wins and ranked among team leaders in strikeouts (3rd), starts (T3rd) and innings (4th). In his minor league career, Benjamin is 27-23 with a 4.32 ERA while covering 85 games (80 starts). The Rangers drafted the Illinois native in the 5th round of the 2014 MLB Draft out of Kansas University.

I Got Five on It: The Sounds have matched their season-high winning streak of five games. The team won five straight from June 24-28 when they closed a series with a win at New Orleans then swept Memphis in four games. The five-game streak came to a halt with a 10-7 loss against Oklahoma City on June 29. Overall, the Sounds have won nine of their last 10 games.

How Sweep It Is: Nashville can secure their third series sweep of the season with a win tonight. They have one three-game sweep and one four-game sweep in 2019. The three-game set was in Fresno from August 7-9 and the four-game set was in Memphis from June 25-28. The last sweep for the Sounds at First Tennessee Park was against Sacramento from August 4-7 in 2018.

It's Something About August: During the First Tennessee Park era (2015-present), the Sounds have an overall record of 79-52 in the month of August, including 11-4 this year. They went 18-11 in 2018, 13-14 in 2017, 21-9 in 2016 and 16-14 in 2015.

It's All About the Benjamin: Tonight's starter Wes Benjamin has won five consecutive decisions. Since June 15, the southpaw is 5-0 with a 4.72 ERA (55.1 IP/29 ER) in 10 games (9 starts). He has allowed 58 hits to go along with 49 strikeouts. Prior to June 15, Benjamin was 1-5 with a 7.26 ERA (57.0 IP/46 ER) in 13 games (12 starts). He allowed 73 hits in that timeframe and had 46 strikeouts.

Solak is Streaking at 17: Infielder Nick Solak has hit safely in 17 straight games, the longest active streak in the Pacific Coast League, and the longest by a Nashville Sounds player in 2019. Since July 30 when the streak started, Solak is hitting .420 (29-for-69) with 15 runs scored, 4 doubles, 6 home runs, 18 RBI and 4 walks. The last Sound to put together a hitting streak of at least 17 games was Logan Schafer in 2014. The 17-game streak by Solak is tied for the 7th-longest by a Sounds player in the PCL era (1998-present).

What's the word around Nashville?

John Blake (@RangerBlake)

Rangers rotation vs. LAA: Monday-Kolby Allard; Tuesday Game 1-Brock Burke; Tuesday Game 2-Joe Palumbo; Wednesday-Mike Minor

Jeff Hem (@JeffHemPBP)

Congrats to recent @nashvillesounds Miguel Del Pozo on his first-ever MLB call-up! He was just traded to the Angels on 8/9.

Minor League Promos (@MiLBPromos)

What an awesome giveaway! Today the @nashvillesounds will be giving Guiter Scoreboard picture frames!

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