>>Locos Take Game One
(Lima, OH) –- The Licking County Settlers have won the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League playoffs the three years. On the way to those three straight titles, they’ve defeated the Lima Locos in best-of-three playoff series. The last time the Settlers didn’t win the GLSCL title, it was because they lost to Lima in the playoffs as the Locos wore the crown in 2011.
Now in 2015 the teams are playing each other in the postseason for the fifth consecutive year.
Last night in Game One of their best-of-three semifinal series at Simmons Field, the top-seeded Locos held serve with a 5-1 win over the Settlers before a standing-room only crowd.
Michael Bonifay and Drew Faintich combined on a four-hitter for Lima. Bonifay went the first seven innings, allowing three hits and one run. He struck out three and didn’t issue a walk.
Faintich allowed a hit in the eighth and a walk in the ninth as he closed out the win.
Mitch Carriger led the Lima offense with three hits, two runs and an RBI. Hunter Williams drove in two runs as well as the Locos collected ten hits.
Lima will try to close out the series tonight in Newark. If Game 3 becomes necessary it will be played in Lima tomorrow night.
>>Reds Pound Pirates
(Cincinnati, OH) -- Brandon Phillips homered twice and drove in a career-high seven runs in the Reds' 15-5 rout of the Pirates at GreatAmericanBallPark. Phillips became the first major league player since 1920, when the RBI became an official statistic, to have four hits, two homers, seven RBI and two steals in the same game. Marlon Byrd went deep and plated three, while Jay Bruce also knocked in a trio of runs for the Reds, who have won three in-a-row. David Holmberg tossed six innings of two-run ball for the win in his season debut. Pedro Alvarez homered and Aramis Ramirez added a two-run double for Pittsburgh, which had won its previous three. A.J. Burnett was rocked for eight runs, seven earned, in four-and-a-third as he fell to 8-and-5 with the loss.
>>Reds Host Pirates
(Cincinnati, OH) -- The Reds and Pirates play the second of four games at GreatAmericanBallPark tonight. Cincinnati has won three straight to move to 46-and-54. Mike Lorenzen, who is 3-and-5, toes the rubber for the Reds opposite Pittsburgh's Jeff Locke.
>>Reds Ship Leake Off To Giants
(Undated) -- The Reds are trading off another part of their starting rotation. According to multiple outlets, the Giants have acquired Mike Leake from Cincinnati for two minor league pitchers. Right-hander Keury Meila and Adam Duvall are heading to the Reds. Leake is 9-and-5 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.15 WHIP this season. He is 4-and-0 in his last four starts, allowing two total earned runs and getting through eight innings in three of them.
The 21-year-old Mella, who finished 5-3 with a 3.31 ERA in 16 starts for Class A Advanced San Jose, was ranked by MLB.com as the Cincinnati, OH) -- We await if the Reds are going to make any last-minute moves before today's non-waiver trade deadline. Deals have to be completed by 4:00 p.m. Cincinnati has already traded ace Johnny Cueto to the Royals and starter Mike Leake to the Giants. The Reds are rumored to be willing to trade closer Aroldis Chapman and outfielder Jay Bruce.
>>Reds' Adcock Needs Tommy John Surgery
(Cincinnati, OH) -- Reds reliever Nate Adcock needs Tommy John surgery. Adcock was placed on the 15-day disabled list and surgery could come as soon as Tuesday. Right-hander Keyvius Sampson was called up to take the roster spot.
>>Carrasco, Indians Shut Down Athletics
(Oakland, CA) -- Carlos Carrasco tossed a complete-game, one-run, two-hit gem as the Indians beat the Athletics, 3-1, to open a four-game set in Oakland. Carrasco improved to 11-and-8, striking out seven and walking one. Cleveland got all three of its runs in the opening inning, with a two-run homer off the bat of Carlos Santana punctuating the frame. Cleveland has won two straight. Josh Reddick had the only RBI for Oakland and Billy Burns came up with the other hit. Chris Bassitt fell to 0-and-4, giving up three runs over seven innings. The A's are 1-and-6 in their last seven.
>>Indians At Athletics
(Oakland, CA) -- The Indians and Athletics play the second of four in Oakland tonight. Cleveland is 47-and-54. Danny Salazar takes the mound trying give the Tribe their third straight complete game from a starter. The A's counters with Kendall Graveman.
(Baltimore, MD) -- The Tigers held on for a 9-8 win over the Orioles in Baltimore last night. Yoenis Cespedes had three RBI, including a two-run homer in the fourth and JD Martinez also knocked in three runs. Alfredo Simon picked up the win after giving up four runs on two hits in five and two third innings, while Alex Wilson picked up his first save of the season. In the second of a four game series, Buck Farmer gets the start for Detroit and Wei-Yin Chen goes to the mound for Baltimore.
(Detroit, MI) -- Less than 24 hours after Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said the organization was rebooting, the team traded starting pitcher David Price and closer Joakim Soria. Price was acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays for left handed pitching prospects Daniel Norris, Matt Boyd and Jairo Labourt. Norris, Toronto's number one prospect, will join Detroit's rotation immediately and is scheduled to start on Sunday in place of Price. Soria was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for shortstop prospect JaCoby Jones. In the Minor Leagues this season, Jones is batting .260 with 60 RBI and will begin his career with the Tigers at Double-A Erie. Detroit still may make some moves before this afternoon's trade deadline.
>>Astros Trade For Carlos Gomez
(Houston, TX) -- The Astros are going all in. CBS Sports reports the Houston has acquired Carlos Gomez and right-hander Mike Fiers in exchange for outfield prospects Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana, right-hander Adrian Houser and lefty Josh Hader. The two-time All-Star is hitting .262 with eight home runs, 43 RBI and seven stolen bases in 74 games for the Brewers this season. Fiers is 5-and-9 with a 3.89 ERA in 21 starts this year.
>>Ohio State Suspends Four For Opener
(Columbus, OH) -- Reigning national champion OhioState is suspending four players for its season-opener at Virginia Tech on September 7th. Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Joey Bosa, running backs Jalin Marshall and Dontre Wilson, and wide receiver Corey Smith will miss game one for violating athletic department policy. Head coach Urban Meyer at Big Ten Media Days said he was behind the decision and they're not going to let the suspensions bring them down.
The only loss the Buckeyes took last year was a 35-21 defeat at the hands of the Hokies in Columbus. They went on to finish 14-and-1, beating Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game, Alabama in the national semifinals and Oregon in the National Championship Game.
>>Ohio State Number-One In Preseason Coaches' Poll
(Undated) -- The defending champion Ohio State Buckeyes are the preseason number-one in the "USA Today" Coaches' Poll. It's the first time the Buckeyes enter the season as the top-ranked team since 2006. TCU checks in at number-two, followed by Alabama, Baylor and Oregon. MichiganState, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia and USC round out the top-10. Notre Dame is ranked 11th. The last team to start and end the season number-one was USC in 2004.