The Prince William Cannons and Durham Bulls were forced to wait 1 hour and 45 minutes because of thunderstorms last night, but when the rains subsided the Cannons sailed away with a 3-1 victory at Prince William County Stadium.
The win pushed the Cannons' record to 27-32 and dropped the Bulls to 32-27.
The Cannons took control of the game in the eighth inning. Shortstop Dave Silvestri hit into a fielder's choice and stole second, his 15th of the year. The catcher's throw hit Silvestri and went into center field, allowing him to take third. Outfielder John Viera's single to center scored Silvestri. Russ Davis later singled between second and third to make it 3-1.
The Cannons took the lead in the second inning as Davis, facing a 1-2 count, hit a fly ball over the left field wall for his seventh homer of the year.
The Bulls capitalized in the third inning on an error by first baseman J.T. Snow and eventually loaded the bases with no outs. D.C. Campbell's fly to right field scored Kevin Castleberry and tied the game at 1.
In the fourth inning both teams made personnel changes at pitcher. The Cannons brought in Rich Polak (0-4) to replace Bruce Prybylinski, who gave up four hits (three in the third inning) and struck out two.
The Bulls went to right-hander Pat Tilmon (2-3), who got the loss despite striking out five. He allowed four hits after relieving left-hander Dave Karasinski, who struck out three and walked one but allowed the Cannons three hits including a home run, his first of the season.