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Toolshed: Recent noteworthy Cal League seasons

Hitter-friendly circuit saw most memorable performance on mound
@SamDykstraMiLB
August 25, 2020

This space started honoring the short-season leagues after their respective campaigns were delayed in June. Now following the cancellation of all Minor League Baseball in 2020, we're turning it into an appreciation of the full-season circuits as well. So Toolshed is revisiting the 10 most notable individual seasons put together

Olson, Puk on the rise for Oakland

Power lefties -- at the plate, on the mound -- provide hope for A's
November 22, 2017

This offseason, MiLB.com is taking a look at the most outstanding campaigns by players in each system across Minor League Baseball and honoring the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization.Oakland improved its record for the second straight season, winning

Nunez slugs 29th homer in Sounds' romp

Barreto also goes yard; Aces' Negron posts second five-hit game
August 6, 2017

For nearly 3 1/2 hours on Saturday night, the Triple-A Nashville Sounds and Reno Aces made life difficult for the men on the mound.A's No. 24 prospect Renato Nunez slugged his Minor League-leading 29th homer as Nashville rolled to a 15-8 victory over Reno, which got five hits from Kristopher

Bees Thump Sounds Again to Win Series

Another Huge Inning Crushes Nashville in Series Finale
August 1, 2017

The Salt Lake Bees scored eight runs in the third inning and raced to a 13-4 win over the Nashville Sounds in the series finale Tuesday afternoon at First Tennessee Park.The eight-run frame was the theme of the series for the Bees who scored 10 runs in the sixth inning

Sounds Fall to 51s in Game Three of Series

Nashville Will Go for Elusive Series Win Tomorrow Night
July 27, 2017

A four-run first inning did the trick for the Las Vegas 51s in a 7-2 win over the Nashville Sounds in front of 9,291 fans at First Tennessee Park Thursday night.Sounds' starter Zach Neal retired Brandon Nimmo on a groundout to start the game, but then yielded hits to five

Seven-Run Fifth Highlights Sounds' Win

Nashville Wins 10th Straight Game over Las Vegas
July 27, 2017

The Nashville Sounds plated seven runs in the fifth inning and hung on to dispatch the Las Vegas 51s, 8-7, in front of 6,521 fans at First Tennessee Park Wednesday night.The Sounds have scored 18 runs on 30 hits in the first two games of the series, and have won

Sounds Play Home Run Derby in Win Over 51s

Nashville Drills Four Homers to Back Jharel Cotton's Gem
July 25, 2017

The Nashville Sounds launched four home runs and returned home with an emphatic 10-4 win over the Las Vegas 51s in front of 8,187 fans at First Tennessee Park Tuesday night.Mark Canha drilled a pair of home runs, his 10th and 11th of the season for Nashville to lead the

Prospect Roundup: Games of July 19

Cardinals' Kelly keeps raking; A's Olson homers, walks four times
July 20, 2017

Cardinals C Carson Kelly, Triple-A Memphis: 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI, R, K -- Kelly put himself in the conversation to be the game's top catching prospect last season when he broke out offensively at Double-A Springfield and Triple-A Memphis, and he's been even better with the bat in 2017. Wednesday brought

Olson, Lavarnway Lead Sounds to Epic Comeback Win

Nashville Trailed 7-1 and 8-2 Before Six-Run Eighth and Three-Run 11th
July 19, 2017

The Nashville Sounds got huge home runs from Matt Olson and Ryan Lavarnway in a come-from-behind 11-8 win over the Iowa Cubs Wednesday afternoon at Principal Park.Olson hit a two-out grand slam to cap a six-run eighth inning, and Lavarnway launched a two-out, go-ahead three-run homer in the top of

Wendle Breaks Doubles Record as Sounds Roll

Nashville Crushes Omaha as Second Half Starts with a Bang
July 13, 2017

Joey Wendle became the Nashville Sounds franchise leaders in doubles in a 10-1 win over the Omaha Storm Chasers Thursday night at Werner Park.Wendle's record-breaking 95th double in a Sounds uniform came in the sixth inning. In typical Wendle fashion, he turned a line-drive to right-center into a two-bagger when

Sounds End Homestand with Walk-Off Homer

Matt Olson's Three-Run Blast Salvages Doubleheader Split
June 21, 2017

Matt Olson's walk-off three-run homer gave the Nashville Sounds a 6-3 win in game two of Tuesday's doubleheader at First Tennessee Park. The dramatic homer completed a furious comeback and helped the Sounds earn a doubleheader split in front of 7,734 fans.The Sounds' offense was in a major funk and

Sounds Lead From Start to Finish in Win Over Cubs

Corey Walter Tosses Six Solid Innings as Nashville Evens Series
June 14, 2017

The Nashville Sounds got timely hitting and solid pitching in a 6-1 win over the Iowa Cubs in front of 5,930 fans at First Tennessee Park Wednesday night.Matt Olson and Mark Canha crushed home runs and Corey Walter turned in a quality start to help the Sounds (33-30) even the

Sounds Walked-Off in Memphis

Randall Grichuk's 10th Inning Hit Wins it for the Redbirds
June 9, 2017

Randall Grichuk's walk-off single to deep center field gave the Memphis Redbirds a 2-1 win over the Nashville Sounds Friday night at AutoZone Park.Grichuk's drive came with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning. Sounds (31-28) reliever Simon Castro found himself in a jam

Sounds Walked-Off in Memphis

Randall Grichuk's 10th Inning Hit Wins it for the Redbirds
June 9, 2017

Randall Grichuk's walk-off single to deep center field gave the Memphis Redbirds a 2-1 win over the Nashville Sounds Friday night at AutoZone Park.Grichuk's drive came with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning. Sounds (31-28) reliever Simon Castro found himself in a jam

Olson sounds off again in Nashville romp

A's No. 15 prospect homers twice for second time in three weeks
June 2, 2017

Matt Olson has been in quite the groove since returning to Triple-A Nashville in late April.The A's No. 15 prospect recorded his second two-homer game in less than a month Friday as the Sounds defeated Iowa, 12-3, at Principal Park. He went 3-for-5 with a season-high three runs scored and

Sounds Add Pair of Wins to Finish Homestand

Daniel Gossett Shines, Matt Olson and Renato Nuñez Homer for Nashville
May 31, 2017

The Nashville Sounds won a pair of games over the Colorado Springs Sky Sox Tuesday night at First Tennessee Park. A big first inning and Daniel Gossett's gem led to an 8-3 win in game one, and Renato Núñez's homer sparked a rally to send Nashville to a 3-1 win

Streak Snapped in Sounds Loss to Storm Chasers

Three Double Plays Haunt Nashville in Setback
May 25, 2017

The Omaha Storm Chasers edged the Nashville Sounds, 8-4, in front of a sellout crowd of 10,442 at First Tennessee Park Thursday night. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Sounds.For the first time in 11 games, the Sounds failed to score first. Omaha's Garin Cecchini started the

Sounds' Gossett throws eight shutout innings

Fifth-ranked Athletics prospect turns in longest professional start
May 23, 2017

Since the start of the season, Athletics No. 5 prospectDaniel Gossett has been looking for a start he could build on.On Monday night, he found it.The right-hander threw eight shutout innings, giving up four hits and fanning six without a walk in Triple-A Nashville's 9-3 win at Sacramento.

Olson makes sweet music for Sounds

A's prospect collects four hits, homers for sixth time in 11 games
May 21, 2017

Having already reached the Majors, Matt Olson is not lost on the A's list of notable prospects. But producing his best game of the season while playing in Northern California was a pretty good way to get some extra attention.The A's 15th-ranked prospect went 4-for-4 with a homer, double and three

Offense Explodes in Sounds' Win over Grizzlies

Seven-Run Fourth Inning Highlights Second Straight Win in Fresno
May 17, 2017

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Sounds' Olson goes deep twice to end slump

Oakland's No. 17 prospect has three homers in last four contests
May 13, 2017

Coming into Saturday's game, Matt Olson was hitting .125 with no homers against left-handed pitchers this season.He ended that slump in a big way. The Athletics No. 17 prospect drilled a pair of two-run homers off Ryan Carpenter to power Triple-A Nashville to a 7-3 win over Albuquerque at First Tennessee Park

Two-Run Ninth Gives Chihuahuas Win over Sounds

Nashville Loses Final Three of Four-Game Series
May 9, 2017

The El Paso Chihuahuas scored a pair of runs in the ninth inning to grab an 8-6 win over the Nashville Sounds, spoiling Bark in the Park Night in front of 8,691 humans and 500+ dogs at First Tennessee Park Tuesday night.Nashville (13-16) scored a pair of runs in the

Sounds Hit .500 Mark with Win over Express

Nashville Clubs Pair of Homers as Chris Smith Strikes out Eight in Win
May 4, 2017

The Nashville Sounds pulled back to the even mark with a 5-4 win over the Round Rock Express Thursday night at Dell Diamond.At 12-12, the Sounds have won six of their last seven games, including two of three in Round Rock with the #BattleForTheBoot series finale looming Friday night.Before starter

Sounds' Olson drills four hits on breakout night

Back from big leagues, A's No. 17 prospect heating up at the plate
April 30, 2017

Since coming back from the big leagues on Thursday, Matt Olson has hit like a player who wants to get back there.The A's No. 17 prospect collected a season-high four hits, including a double, and two RBIs, in Triple-A Nashville's 10-2 thumping of New Orleans on Saturday at First Tennessee

Sounds Blow-Out Baby Cakes in Front of Sellout Crowd

Chris Smith Tosses Six Shutout Frames in Nashville's Third Straight Win
April 29, 2017

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