Phillies lead Majors with four games remaining
The Lincoln Little League Majors Phillies reduced their magic number to three after defeating the Giants 11-0 Monday. The Braves trail the league-leaders by 2 ½ games; the two clubs meet May 21.
The Atlanta nine remained in the running last weekend by defeating the Pirates 2-0 thanks to a career night by Cole Cavarra.
Cavarra scored the winning run in the first inning with a solo home run and leads the Majors with eight. He also scored the final run after drawing a base on balls. He rounded the bases on a wild pitch, passed ball and scored on an error.
Cavarra also pitched 4 1/3 innings recording nine strikeouts. He was relieved by Harry Rounds.
Rounds and Clayton Coats had the Braves other two hits, Coats’ was a double.
The Pirates got hits by Nick Althouse, Matt Brown and Tommy Turner. The Bucs also stranded nine runners on base.
Althouse pitched the full game for the Pirates.
CARDINALS 5, GIANTS 1
In Saturday’s mid-afternoon game, the Cardinals came up with five runs to get by the Giants.
The San Francisco nine, league champions last year, have yet to break into the win column in 2013. In Week 8, the Giants lost two games by one run. The Pirates got by them 8-7 April 26 and the Rays came away with a 4-3 decision April 24.
The Cardinals three wins have all come against the Bay Area boys.
PHILLIES 20, RAYS 4
The Phillies made a statement in Saturday’s opening game by unloading on the Florida nine.
The Phils’ Connor Manley belted two home runs in the contest, one a grand slam. Kyle Easter also had a round-tripper in the game.
Schedule – May 9, Cardinals at Braves (7:15 p.m.), May 10, Rays at Giants (7:15 a.m.), May 11, Rangers at Phillies (1:15 p.m.), Braves at Rays (3:30 p.m.) and Pirates at Cardinals (6 p.m.).
Lincoln Little League
Team W L GB
1. Phillies 14 0 -
2. Braves 11 2 2 ½
3. Rangers 8 5 6
4. Pirates 7 7 6 ½
5. Rays 5 9 9
6. Cardinals 3 11 11
7. Giants 0 14 14