Phillies outlast Pirates; Rangers blank Giants in Majors
The Rangers brought their “A” game to shut out the Giants Friday evening in Lincoln Little League Majors’ baseball and gain a game on the Pirates. The Bucs fell to the league-leading Phillies 10-7.
The Bay Area boys couldn’t find the right combination of hitting in spite of the Rangers sending three pitchers to the mound to share the work. Only Shawndell Williams gave up a hit to the Giants while Aiden Isola surrendered a walk. The duo and Alex Nunez combined for six strikeouts.
The Texans had nine hits and five base-on-balls and made them count. They left just five runners on base while bringing 10 across the plate.
Evan Risucci and Nunez provided the firepower. Risucci hit a grand slam home run and Nunez a 2-run dinger to add six to the Rangers’ totals. Ernie Cuevas and Isola also had a run batted in.
Risucci scored three times and Robert Griffin twice.
Tyler Guthrie had a single for the Giants.
Pitching for the SF nine were Austin Ratliff, Dylan Thieman and Jack Corriveau. The trio had seven strikeouts between them.
The Pirates put up a good fight against the Phillies going into the sixth inning tied 6-6 with the Majors leader Thursday. The Brotherly Love boys then added four runs in the top of the sixth and then held the Bucs to one run in the bottom half of the inning.
Connor Manley provided the decisive blows with a 3-run home run in the fifth inning and a 3-run triple in the sixth. The slugger also had a base hit.
The Pirates kept pace getting three RBI from Matt Brown and Dylan Quinn and one from Jared Kelty. The Pittsburgh nine used small ball getting singles from Brennan MacDonald, Brown, Quinn, Tommy Turner, Kelty and Devin Brown.
The Pirates also used outstanding defense getting a double play from Kelty and Quinn. Nick Althouse pitched 4 1/3 innings and Brown and Turner came on in relief.
Hurling for the Phils were Brennan Rozell, who went five innings. He was relieved by Kyle Easter and Manley.
Standings – Phillies 9-0, Braves 7-1, Pirates 4-4, Rangers 4-4, Rays 3-6, Cardinals 2-8, Giants 0-6.