Afternoon State Sports Briefs: Lohse to pitch against old squad tonight
MINNEAPOLIS - Kyle Lohse will pitch against another of his old teams tonight, when the Milwaukee Brewers close out a four-game home-and-home series against the Twins in Minnesota.
Lohse started his career with the Twins from 2001-through-'06. He has also pitched for Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and Saint Louis - but he has yet to start against his old Minnesota team until now. Lohse should be rested, after missing his last start with a sore right throwing elbow. He's 1-and-5 on the year with a 3.76 ERA. Lohse has a personal four-game losing streak, in which he's given up almost five earned runs every nine innings. Minnesota is giving right-hander P.J. Walters his second start of the year. He's 1-0 after giving up two runs in six innings last Saturday in his season debut against Detroit. It ended a 10-game losing streak for Minnesota, which has won 4-of-5 since. The Brewers have a five-game losing streak. They have not led in a game since last Friday, when they edged Pittsburgh 2-1. The Crew has trailed for 50 straight innings since then.
The Minnesota Twins have not won four straight games since late April. But that's what they can achieve tonight in Minneapolis, when they close out their four-game home-and-home Interleague series against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Twins have won three straight against the Crew - and they've done it without third baseman Trevor Plouffe. He came off the seven-day concussion list last night but did not play after getting cramps during pre-game warm-ups. Plouffe could return this evening. He batted .310 in an eight-game hitting streak right before his concussion, which happened May 21st when he was hit in the head while trying to turn a double-play. Minnesota is at 22-28 this season. The Twins are 51-40 in Interleague play against the Brewers since 1998.
Pewaukee native Mark Wilson shot a two-over-par 74 today in his opening round at The Memorial PGA golf tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Wilson was tied for 76th place at mid-afternoon. Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel was the mid-afternoon leader at seven-under.
A new study shows that Marquette has the best fan base in the state for men's college basketball, and the ninth-best in the nation. Emory Sports Marketing Analytics defined a fan base as a school's basketball revenue in relation to the team's regular season and March tournament success. As the only Division I school in the Top-10, Marquette finished above Wisconsin, UW-Milwaukee, and UW-Green Bay. Louisville was rated as the best fan base, followed by Arizona, Duke, Arkansas, and North Carolina.
In the Midwest League, the Beloit Snappers have another mid-day contest scheduled at home against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Beloit edged the Rattlers 3-to-nothing yesterday. The Snappers, an Oakland A's affiliate for the first time this season, are one game behind front-running Cedar Rapids in the Western Division. Cedar Rapids has a home double-header which begins later this afternoon against Clinton. Wisconsin is second-to-last in the eight-team West Division, eight games out of first. Elsewhere, Bowling Green is at Lake County in late morning affair. Tonight, Peoria plays at Burlington. Kane County is at Quad Cities. Great Lakes is at West Michigan. Lansing plays at Fort Wayne. And Dayton entertains East Division-leading South Bend.
It's the second night of play for the Northwoods League. There's one double-header and seven single games on the schedule. That's after last night's openers had one rainout and two suspended affairs that will be finished later in the season. Saint Cloud has a pair of games tonight at Waterloo. Elsewhere, the Wisconsin Woodchucks will try again to complete an opener at Green Bay. They made it through three innings last night before the rains came. They'll pick it up in a double-header on June 11th. Wisconsin Rapids and Lakeshore made it through two innings in Mequon when the rains ended it. That game will be finished on June eighth. The defending champion La Crosse Loggers will try again to score a run tonight at Battle Creek, where they lost a 1-0 game. Madison will try to go 2-0 at home against Eau Claire, in the wake of a 4-2 seven-inning opener. Elsewhere, Duluth is at Alexandria. Rochester hosts Mankato. And Thunder Bay plays at Willmar.