Sounds will send two pitchers to Pacific Coast League All-Star Game

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 at 5:58pm
Staff reports

Both ends of the Nashville Sounds pitching staff will be represented at the Triple-A All-Star Game.

Starter Sam Narron and closer Mark DiFelice were selected as reserves for the Pacific Coast League, which will compete against the International League, July 13 at Salt Lake City.

Narron is 4-3 with a 3.70 ERA, which ranks second among PCL starters. The left-hander has started in 13 of 15 games with quality starts — at least six innings and no more than three earned runs allowed — in five contests. He also has the Sounds only complete-game performance of the season.

This is Narron's second all-start selection of his 10-year career. He was also selected to the 2004 Texas League All-Star Game.

DiFelice will be participating in his sixth all-star game, but his first since pitching in the 2007 Southern League All-Star Game.

The righty is 2-1 in 17 appearances, of which all but three were out of the bullpen. He leads the team with six saves and has an ERA of 2.17. In 29 innings pitched, he has thrown 31 strikeouts and allowed just six walks.

DiFelice also pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers earlier this month. In three innings, he allowed four earned runs for an ERA of 12.00. He returned to Nashville on Tuesday and has not pitched with the Sounds since.

Former Sound Dana Eveland will also pitch for the PCL, representing the Albuquerque Isotopes (Los Angeles Dodgers). Eveland was 6-5 with a 2.74 ERA for Nashville in 2006, before being traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks that offseason. Eveland is 7-4 with a 3.86 ERA for Albuquerque.

The Sounds were expected to have a coaching presence in Salt Lake City as well. But just days after pitching coach Rich Gale was selected to be a part of the PCL coaching staff, he left his post with the Sounds. The club cited personal reasons for Gale’s departure, which came in his second season with Nashville.