WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Braun homers to lead Brewers to win
MILWAUKEE - Ryan Braun belted his first Miller Park homer in over a year, as the Milwaukee Brewers crushed the Chicago Cubs 11-5 last night.
Braun's blast off Travis Wood gave the Crew a 2-0 lead in the first inning. They scored five in that frame and never looked back. The Brewers churned out 16 hits, tying a team-record with their ninth straight game with ten hits or more. They previously achieved that feat in 1983 and 2011. Braun went 3-for-5 with three RBI's and two runs scored. He moved into sole possession of fourth place on the Brewers' all-time RBI list with 707. Rickie Weeks, Jean Segura, and Martin Maldonado also had three hits apiece. Carlos Gomez extended his hitting streak to ten games. Marco Estrada got the win, to improve to 5-2. He struck out five in six innings, giving up three runs on six hits. Wood was shelled for seven runs on 10 hits in two-and-two-thirds' frames, ending a four-game winning streak for May. He's now 5-5 overall. The Cubs ended a 22-inning scoreless streak when Emilio Bonifacio had a run-scoring base hit in the third. The Crew and the Cubs will play each other again this afternoon at Miller Park. Right-hander Wily Peralta starts against Chicago right-hander Jason Hammel.
Brewers' third baseman Aramis Ramirez will make two rehab appearances for the Class-"A" Wisconsin Timber Rattlers tomorrow and Monday. The Rattlers will host Quad Cities near Appleton in a series that begins tonight. Ramirez is coming off a strained left hamstring which put him on the disabled list May 13th. It should be a crowd-pleaser for Fox Valley baseball fans who haven't had a lot to cheer about from the Timber Rattlers this spring. Wisconsin is second-to-last in the Midwest League's Western Division at 25-29 for the first half. They lost at Cedar Rapids last night, 10-5. The Beloit Snappers are back home to face Clinton tonight, after falling at Quad Cities 7-3.
The Green Bay Packers have signed their first-round draft choice, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Media reports said the safety from Alabama was given a four-year deal worth eight-point-three million dollars. More than seven-and-a-half million is said to be guaranteed, with a signing bonus of almost four-point-four million dollars. Green Bay still has two unsigned draft choices of the nine they took earlier this month. Second-round receiver Davante Adams remains without a deal, along with third-round tight end Richard Rodgers.
The Milwaukee Bucks continue to look at possible second round candidates for next month's draft. But scouting director Billy McKinney said yesterday the team could sell the picks as a package, to try and get another first round selection -- or they could take a player they like. The Bucks could also send one of its extra draft choices to Europe, which more NBA teams are starting to do. Yesterday, the Bucks auditioned six more second round possibilities -- including 7-1 center Artem Klimenko from Russia, and 5-11 point guard Jahii Carson from Arizona State. Former Marquette center Davante Gardner also auditioned for the Bucks yesterday. Milwaukee currently has the 31st, 36th, and 48th overall choices in the second round of the June 26th draft -- along with the No. 2 pick in the first round.
Apparently, it's not easy to find Bucks' gear around Milwaukee. New co-owner Marc Lasry said yesterday he was upset because he couldn't find any, and he promises a "lot of changes" in that department. Lasry told Milwaukee sports' radio station WSSP he wanted to find Bucks' clothing for friends back home in New York -- and he had to go to the Bradley Center to get it. Lasry also hinted a change in the Bucks' color scheme. He said the current red, green, and silver uniforms "need a little bit of help." The Bucks have had pretty much the same uniforms since the 1990's. Red replaced purple in the current scheme in 2006. The Bucks have worn forest green road jerseys, and an alternate red jersey they added in recent years.
Madison golfer Steve Stricker is tied for 24th at the halfway point of the PGA's Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Stricker shot a two-under-par 70 in his second round yesterday at Muirfield Village. He's three-under for the tournament at 141 -- nine strokes behind tournament leader Paul Casey. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson is tied for 48th going into the final two rounds. He shot a two-over-74 yesterday. Wilson's one-under for the tournament, at 143.
On the PGA Champions Tour, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman is tied for 34th going into today's second round of the Principal Charity Classic. Forsman shot a one-under-par 71 yesterday in Des Moines, Iowa. He's five strokes behind co-leaders Mark Calcavecchia and Wes Short Jr.
Wisconsin driver Johnny Sauter took third place last night in the NASCAR truck series' Lucas Oil-200 in Dover Delaware. Kyle Busch won the race, and Ryan Blaney was second. Sauter, who's from Necedah, moved up one place to third in the Camping World Truck Series' standings. Timothy Peters is the new points' leader. He moved up from second and traded places with previous leader Matt Crafton.
Paul Menard of Eau Claire will start 15th tomorrow in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Fed-Ex-400 at Dover. Menard drove his qualifying lap at 162.889 miles an hour last evening. Matt Kenseth of Cambridge -- who's second in point standings -- will have some ground to cover. He qualified 21st at 162.536. Kenseth is eleven points behind series' leader Jeff Gordon, who will start in the Number-six spot tomorrow. Beloit-born Danica Patrick will start 28th. Brad Keselowski won the pole at 164.444 miles an hour.
University of Wisconsin junior Michael Lihrman has advanced to the NCAA Division I men's outdoor track finals, after taking third in the hammer throw yesterday at the West Regional in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Badgers' senior Alex Brill also advanced to the national meet for the third straight year, placing fifth in his heat in the three-thousand-meter steeple-chase. Durell Busby of UW-Milwaukee advanced to tonight's regional finals in the 110-meter hurdles.
The University of Wisconsin men's rowing team had three boats advance to the semi-finals of the IRA National Championships in West Windsor, New Jersey. The Badgers' varsity eight and second varsity eight won repechages yesterday, while the Wisconsin varsity four placed second in its heat to move on to the semis. On the women's side, the Badgers' varsity four advanced to today's semifinals of the NCAA meet in Indianapolis.
Former Milwaukeean Derek Parra was inducted into the U.S. Speed-skating Hall of Fame during a banquet in his former hometown last night. The 44-year-old Parra was the first former inline skater to win an Olympic speed-skating medal. He won gold in the 15-hundred meters in 2002 at Salt Lake City. Parra lived and trained in Milwaukee from 1996-to-2001. He's now the sports program director at the Utah Olympic Oval.
In Major League Baseball...
Milwaukee 11, Chicago Cubs 5
Minnesota 6, New York Yankees 1
San Diego 4, Chicago White Sox 1
Detroit 6, Seattle 3
In the Midwest League...
Cedar Rapids 10, Wisconsin 5
Quad Cities 7, Beloit 3
In the Northwoods League...
Kenosha 11, Green Bay 0
Madison 15, La Crosse 3
Wisconsin Rapids 8, Wisconsin 4
Lakeshore 3, Mankato 1
Rochester 7, Eau Claire 1