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Nashville Sounds clinch 2016 PCL American Southern Division title

The Nashville Sounds are heading to the post-season!

With a 5-3 win over their in-state rivals, the Memphis Cardinals, the Nashville Sounds punched their ticket to the Pacific Coast League post-season. The division title was the Oakland A's organization's 12th PCL division title over the past 17 years and their first with the Sounds.

Jharel Cotton got the start for Nashville. He allowed two first inning runs but cruised the rest of the way, pitching seven strong innings. He allowed just those two runs on five hits and no walks. Cotton struck-out four. Eduard Santos threw a scoreless eighth. Bobby Wahl took over in the ninth with Nashville holding a 5-2 lead. Wahl allowed his first run since joining the Sounds, but he struck-out the side and secured his fourth save in four chances.

Trailing 2-0 in the fourth, the Sounds mounted a game-changing rally. Jaycob Brugman walked to lead-off the inning and, with one-out, Matt Chapman walked. Brugman and Chapman were still on second and first with two-outs when Renato Nunez got the Sounds on the board with an RBI single. Matt McBride then followed with a three-run homer and the Sounds took a lead they would never relinquish. The Sounds would tack on another run in the fifth on a Josh Rodriguez solo homerun.

Joey Wendle led the Sounds' offense with two hits. Chapman was the only other Nashville batter to reach twice. He walked and singled.

The Sounds are now 78-56. They are likely to take on the Oklahoma City Dodgers in the PCL American Conference finals. The Dodgers have a 6.5 lead in the American Northern Division.

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