WISCONSIN SPORTS BRIEFS: Beloit pitcher takes loss in Midwest League All-Star Game
DAYTON - Ryan Dull of the Beloit Snappers took the loss in the Midwest League All-Star Game last night in Dayton.
Dull gave up the winning run on a walk-off single by Dalton Pompey of Lansing, as the East All-Stars beat the West 6-5. Both teams used a total of 26 pitchers. Raul Alcantara and Michael Ynoa, both of Beloit, had scoreless stints for the West along with Darren Magnifico of Wisconsin. Renato Nunez of Beloit started at third, and had two singles in three trips. Snappers’ starting catcher Bruce Maxwell went 3-for-3. Beloit’s Matt Olson was a back-up at first, and went 0-for-2. Devon Travis of West Michigan was the game’s MVP, getting the first hit for the East in the fourth inning. Nunez also took part in the All-Star Home Run Derby just before last night’s game. He belted four homers, but his West team lost to an East squad that got 10 homers from Jesse Winker of Dayton.
The NASCAR Nationwide Series is in Wisconsin this week. Drivers are gearing up for the Johnsonville Sausage 200 on Saturday on the four-mile road course at Road America in Elkhart Lake. It’s where Nelson Piquet Junior became the first Brazilian to win a NASCAR race a year ago. He led in the final 17 laps to edge out Michael McDowell by just over two-and-a-quarter seconds. Piquet is back to defend his title. He’ll be the only previous winner taking part. Carl Edwards won the first Johnsonville event in 2010, and Reed Sorenson was the winner in 2011. Regan Smith comes in as the Nationwide season points leader, with two victories so far this year. The Road America weekend also features a 90-minute Trans-Am race on Friday, and a 160-mile ARCA event early Saturday afternoon before the NASCAR race.
Lisbeth Brooks of Waunakee has a one-stroke lead going into today’s second-and-final round of the Women’s State Open golf tournament in Oregon. Brooks shot an even-par 72 yesterday. Jessie Gerry of Merrimac and Jenna Peters of Kohler are both tied for second place at one-over.
There’s a report that Major League Baseball now has enough evidence to suspend at least some players in the Bio-Genesis PED scandal. CBSSports.com says the investigators have started interviewing at least some players suspected of buying performance-enhancing drugs from ex-Miami anti-aging clinic director Tony Bosch. The report said Brewers’ slugger Ryan Braun and Yankees’ infielder Alex Rodriguez have not been interviewed yet. But they’d be available any time, since both are on the disabled list. Braun was put on the D-L last weekend with an injury to his right thumb and the connected ligaments to his index finger. He denies buy PED’s from Bosch, saying that his lawyers only used him as a consultant for Braun’s successful appeal of his 2011 drug suspension. Bosch told a TV interviewer the same thing, and he also denied selling P-E-D’s to any Major League players. Recent reports said Bosch would tell baseball officials all he knows, after Rodriguez reportedly refused to lend him money to defend a civil lawsuit filed against him by Major League Baseball.
Kyle Lohse is 10-7 lifetime against Houston – and he hopes to make it 11 wins tonight, when the Milwaukee Brewers face the Astros at Minute Maid Park. The veteran right-hander is 4-and-1 in his last five starts against Houston, with a 1.95 ERA in those games. Lohse is 2-6 overall this season, with a 3.84 ERA. He dropped five of his first seven starts, but he has only allowed two runs in 14 innings of his last two outings. The Astros are sending left-hander Erik Bedard to the hill. He’s 2-3 with a 4.82 ERA. Bedard is coming off a strong outing against the Chicago White Sox, giving up just one unearned run on three hits in six innings of a 2-1 victory last Friday. Bedard is 0-2 lifetime against the Crew.
The Milwaukee Bucks’ new head coach says he’s still looking for three assistants. Larry Drew is still in the process of recruiting a lead assistant, a player development coach, and one who will instruct the Bucks’ big front-line players. Earlier this week, Drew confirmed that he hired Kenosha native Nick Van Exel and Bob Bender as assistants. Both were with Drew during his three seasons as the Atlanta Hawks’ coach which ended a month ago. Van Exel is getting a program as a full assistant, after being the Hawks’ player development coach the last three seasons. Drew says his former lead assistant in Atlanta, Lester Connor, will not join him in Milwaukee – and there’s no timetable for filling that position.
In Major League Baseball…
Houston 10, Milwaukee 1
Chicago Cubs 4, Saint Louis 2
Minnesota 7, Chicago White Sox 5
Baltimore 5, Detroit 2
In the Midwest League All-Star Game…
Eastern Division 6, Western Division 5
Lakeshore 11, Green Bay 3
LaCrosse 9, Wisconsin Rapids 5 in 10 innings
Madison 3, Battle Creek 1
Eau Claire 5, Wisconsin 3 in 10 innings
Rochester 7, Thunder Bay 3
Waterloo 5, Duluth 0
Mankato 11, Saint Cloud 4
Willmar 13, Alexandria 6 in Game-One
Willmar 5, Alexandria 4 in Game-Two