A short break was all the Sounds needed to bounce back from a tough season of routine recalls to Milwaukee and injuries.
Nashville has won 14 of its last 21 games since the July 17 All-Star break and includes a six-game winning streak.
Hunter Morris and Johnny Hellweg have joined the streaking party and have gotten into steady momentum to salvage the season for Nashville.
Morris rode a nine-game hitting streak from July 29 through August 6 and includes three home runs (22)– to come within one of league leader Brock Peterson of Memphis.
The 2012 Southern League Most Valuable Player has started to catch on since the rest including a .300 batting average and nine RBI in the last ten games.
Hellweg rattled off a string of three scoreless outings in his last five starts since Milwaukee optioned him July 12 and includes a pit stop with Single A Wisconsin.
The 6’9” pitcher has allowed five earned runs and just seven hits in 29 innings since the mid-point of the season.
Despite a rough stint with Milwaukee, he is maintaining the same momentum he had prior to the recall by winning eighth straight outings.
Hellweg has allowed a meager three earned runs and made it through five scoreless outings in 45 innings and is in a three-way tie in the Pacific Coast League with ten wins, one shy of leader Sacramento’s Bruce Billings.
Through 99.2 innings, Hellweg has held opponents to 71 hits and just three home runs – and sits atop of the PCL leaderboard with a 2.44 earned run average.
Milwaukee’s newest top prospect accrued more than 100 pitches in his last two outings and includes a five-inning stint where he struck out seven.
After compiling an impressive campaign with Double A Huntsville where he sported a 5-4 record and an earned run average of 2.74, he has struggled to find consistency with Triple A Nashville.
In ten starts with the Sounds, Nelson has a 2-4 record with an earned run average of 3.70. The record can be deceptive after he receiving two tough no decisions after departing the game in line for the win.
Nelson could be showing signs of fatigue and his schedule has been inconsistent since his appearance at the All-Star Futures Game.
Diaz, Velez emerge as offensive threats
Catcher Robinzon Diaz, 29, earned the spot as the team’s starter after his promotion from Double A Huntsville and subsequently led to Anderson de la Rosa’s reassignment to Huntsville.
In 30 games with the Sounds, he has a .356 batting average and On Base Percentage of .398 with three home runs and 15 runs batted in. It took nearly twice as many games with Huntsville to reach three home runs.
Nashville signed outfielder/infielder Eugenio Velez to replace released Cole Garner on the roster and has contributed to two walk-off wins since his time with the Sounds.
Velez, 31, played 69 games with Buffalo (Toronto) of the International League posting a .270 batting average with 21 stolen bases. In 47 at bats with Nashville he has 17 hits and four doubles along with six stolen bases.