PURCELLVILLE, VIRGINIA-- The Purcellville Cannons were aiming for their third straight victory at home when they took on the Waynesboro Generals on Friday night at Fireman's Field, but they could not capitalize on an early lead, falling to the Generals by a 7-3 final.
The Cannons held an early 3-1 lead heading into the third inning after Ray Hernandez's RBI single in the first and proceeding run-scoring groundouts by Onassis Matos and Sage Bruhl. However, Purcellville would manage just three hits in their final seven trips to the plate, allowing Waynesboro to tally six unanswered runs to win the game, 7-3.
A 2-run home run by Generals' center fielder Tanner Poole tied the game at 3 in the third. Two innings later, Waynesboro rallied with two outs to take a 5-3 advantage on a 2-run double by third baseman Trey Stine, ending the night of Cannons' starter Alex London.
London came in to Friday's contest with a 3.00 ERA and a 0-0 record after back-to-back no decisions to start his season. He was tagged for five earned runs over 4 2/3 innings by Waynesboro, resulting in his first loss of the season.
Making his summer debut for the Generals was right-hander Vince Braman. After yielding three earned runs to Purcellville in the first two innings, the St. Mary's-product settled in, shuting out the Cannons' offense through his next four frames, allowing just 2 hits and 2 walks in route to his first win of the season.
From the Cannons' bullpen, Little Rock, Arkansas-native Tyler Yancey allowed two runs (one earned) in relieve of London. Mike Kaster maintained his 0.00 ERA with 1 1/3 scoreless innings on the mound to finish the game.
Left fielder Andrew Zban took home Jersey Mike's Player-of-the-Game honors in his home debut with the Cannons, tallying two hits and making a diving catch to rob Generals' DH Bryant Bowen of a single in the second inning.
Having lost two straight, the Cannons will take to the road in a return trip to First Bank Park to battle the defending VBL-champion Strasburg Express on Saturday. Purcellville lost by a run, 7-6, in their lone visit to Strasburg this season back on June 9th.
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