The 2016 Nashville Sounds (Oakland A’s), led by PCL Manager of the Year, Steve Scarsone, finish the regular season today in New Orleans against the Zephyrs with their eyes on the PCL playoffs starting Wednesday in Oklahoma City where they will face the American Conference Northern Division Champs Oklahoma City Dodgers (LA Dodgers) in a best of five series. OKC will host games 1 and 2 with the series coming back to Nashville on Friday at 7:05 for at least one playoff game. Games 4 and 5 (if necessary) will be Saturday at 7:05 and Sunday at 6:35. The Sounds are in the playoffs for the first time since 2007. They won the PCL in 2005 and the Southern League Championship in 1979 and 1982.
The winner of the American Conference Series will face either the El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego Padres) or the Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners) from the Pacific Conference for the PCL Championship in another best of five series. Again, Nashville would host games 3, 4, and 5.
The Sounds were only 6-10 vs OKC this season, but both teams have changed significantly during the season. Recent call-ups to the majors may have hurt the Sounds , but they have reloaded with some of AA Midland’s best. Most notably are infielders Matt Chapman, who recently had a 3-Homerun game, and the A’s top prospect, Franklin Barreto, who is hitting .343. Pitcher Daniel Gossett has been added as well, and he has been throwing very well since his promotion from AA Midland.
Leading the Sounds at the plate are Renato Nunez with 23 Hr’s and 75 RBI’s and Jaycob Brugman who is hitting .295. Brugman also has several highlight reel catches in the outfield.
On the mound, the Sounds feature Dillon Overton, who has been lights-out all year with a 13-5 record and a 3,29 ERA. Also throwing well is Jharel Cotton going 3-1 for the Sounds with a 2.82 ERA. Cotton recently was one out away from a perfect game before settling for a one-hit, complete game shutout against Round Rock.
It has been a great season for the 2016 Nashville Sounds, as they set a franchise record for road wins, but they have work to do and hope for another PCL Championship.