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Gazette Premium Content Sox rally with late homer but come up short against Sound

By Brent Briggeman Published: May 9, 2014

Jason Pridie made it interesting.

The Sky Sox center fielder lofted a three-run home run in the ninth inning - his second of the game - cutting into a deficit but not quite enough in a 9-7 loss to Nashville on Friday night.

Colorado Springs had led 3-0 and later trailed 9-4 before the ninth, which ended when Sounds second baseman Pete Orr made a diving stab and throw off a shot from Ryan Wheeler.

The loss prevented the Sky Sox from registering their first four-game sweep of the season.

Nashville catcher Matt Pagnozzi matched Pridie with two home runs, which nearly matched the three he hit in 54 games with the Sky Sox in 2011.

Pagnozzi hit a solo homer in the second inning, putting Nashville on the board after the Sky Sox had jumped to a three-run lead in the first.

His next shot came as part of a five-run seventh inning that saw the Sounds seemingly blow open a game that had been tied 4-4. Eugenio Valez hit a three-run home run in that inning to break the tie.

Pagnozzi, the nephew of three-time Gold Glove-winner Tom Pagnozzi, spent one season with the Rockies organization. He logged seven games with Colorado, adding to brief big-league cameos he has made in St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Houston.

He is now 31 and with his seventh organization. He entered the game for Nashville - Milwaukee's Triple-A affiliate - batting just .069 with no home runs and one RBI.

He hadn't played since April 26.

Hunter Morris and Sean Halton also drove in runs for the Sounds.

Kyle Parker went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. He went 13 for 35 (.371) on the eight-game home stand with seven extra-base hits.

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