Sounds setting records for futility with slow start

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6:38pm
Staff reports

Less than a month into the season, the Nashville Sounds have set some franchise records — just not the ones they wanted.

The local Class AAA team dropped its ninth straight game on Tuesday, falling 5-3 to division rival Omaha Stormchasers.

Nashville has been swept in consecutive four-game series and the losing streak matches the longest in the club’s Pacific Coast League era, which started in 1998. The top affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers also is off to a 4-16 start, which ties the 2008 team for the worst start in the Sounds’ 35-year history.

Twelve straight defeats in 1987 is the longest losing streak in team history.

The Sounds hold the worst record in the PCL, with the Tucson Padres in a close second with a 5-14 mark. Close games have doomed them. They are 3-12 in contests decided by two runs or fewer.

Nashville ranks 10th out of 16 teams in ERA (4.23) and last in team batting average (.233).

The Sounds have played just three opponents — New Orleans, Oklahoma City and Omaha. All three teams sit in second place or better in their respective divisions and combined have a 39-19 record.

Nashville gets a day off on Wednesday before it continues an eight-game road trip at the Iowa Cubs on Thursday. The Brewers’ top minor league prospect, right-hander Wily Peralta (0-1, 2.12), will be the mound for that contest.

The Sounds return to Nashville and Greer Stadium on April 30 to start a four-game series against Omaha, which is in first place in the American Northern division. The top affiliate of the Kansas City Royals holds the PCL’s best record with a 15-5 mark.