WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Braves snap Miller Park losing streak
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers finally lost a home game to the Atlanta Braves last night, 5-2. Atlanta was victorious for only the second time in its last 11 games at Miller Park.
The Brewers had shut out the Braves for 22 straight innings before Kyle Lohse gave up a two-run homer to Jason Heyward in the fifth frame, which put Atlanta in front for good. Freedie Freeman homered twice -- once off Lohse and once off Milwaukee reliever Zach Duke. Lohse went seven innings and took the loss, giving up three runs on five hits. He struck out eight. Second-year starter Alex Wood earned the win. He went seven innings, giving up a run on five hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Carlos Gomez hit Wood's first pitch to dead center for a homer, but the 23-year-old Wood settled down after that. Gomez also scored Milwaukee's only other run in the eighth on a two-out single by Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez and Jonathan Lucroy each had two hits for Milwaukee. Both teams are now 1-1 on the season, as they close out their opening series this afternoon at Miller Park.
Jim Henderson is still trying to figure what went wrong at spring training, where he temporarily lost his closer's job with the Milwaukee Brewers. He said he feels fine -- but his pitches had less velocity this spring, and he had an ERA of six in nine appearances. Manager Ron Roenicke decided to make Francisco Rodriguez the ninth inning specialist to start the regular season. The skipper says he'll use Henderson in situations with less pressure from the sixth inning on -- and he'll get a chance to ease his way back into the closer's role. Henderson has a fastball in the high-90's with a sharp slider. He said he's now throwing in the low-to-mid-90's, so he's not that far off. Henderson moved from his native Canada to the Phoenix area last winter, to be near the team's spring complex and bolster his closer's job.
Brewers' fans will see one of their old favorites in a Miami Marlins uniform this season. Casey McGehee hit a game-winning single for the Fish last night, as they beat Colorado at home 4-3. Brewer fans liked McGehee for his gritty play, among other things. The 31-year-old infielder had his biggest success during his three years in Milwaukee, where he arrived after playing nine games as a rookie with the Chicago Cubs in 2008. McGehee had his only .300 season in his first full campaign in 2009, batting .301 for the Crew. The next year, McGehee had career-highs of 104 RBI's and 23 homers. His offensive production fell in 2011, and the Brewers traded him to Pittsburgh. McGehee played for both the Pirates and the New York Yankees in 2012. He sat out last year before joining Miami this past winter -- a one-year deal worth one-point-one million dollars.
He pronounces his name "Wo-ju-how'-skee," but his new Marquette basketball players are already calling him "Coach Wojo." Steve Wojciechowski was introduced yesterday as the replacement for Golden Eagles' coach Buzz Williams, who left 12 days ago for Virginia Tech. Contract terms were not disclosed. The 37-year-old Wojo spent 15 years as an assistant at Duke. He said he had other chances to start his own program -- but he was not going to leave until he found the perfect job for him, and he believes Marquette is it. Eagles' center Luke Fischer calls Wojciechowski the "perfect fit" as he comes from quote, "one of the greatest programs in college basketball, and one of the greatest coaches who has ever coached." Marquette's incoming president, Mike Lowell, confirmed that he spoke with VCU coach and Madison area native Shaka Smart about the Eagles' vacancy. Lowell said he Smart will stay at Virginia Commonwealth for now and quote, "I think he's got something very selective in his mind." Lowell also confirmed that former UCLA coach Ben Howland wanted the job. A search committee also brought in Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin, but those talks broke down. A scouting party flew to Durham North Carolina last Saturday to check out Wojciechowski, and he was interviewed Sunday.
Marquette women's basketball assistant Tyler Summitt is leaving to become the head coach at Louisiana Tech. The 23-year-old Summitt is the son of former Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt. He spent two seasons as an assistant to Marquette coach Terri Mitchell. At Louisiana Tech, Summitt will replace Teresa Weatherspoon, who was recently fired after five seasons. This is Tyler Summitt's first head coaching job. His mother is in the Basketball Hall-of-Fame, after she led Tennessee for 38 years and won eight national titles.
Former Milwaukee Bucks' point guard Brandon Jennings was fined five-thousand dollars by the NBA, for flopping against his old team on Monday night. It happened with just over three minutes to play, as the Detroit Pistons were on their way to beating the Bucks. It was the second time this season that Jennings was caught flopping while trying to draw a foul. Milwaukee lost the game 116-111. The Bucks play at Miami tonight.
The Milwaukee Admirals scored a 1-0 shootout victory at Chicago last night. Patrick Cehlin scored the clincher in the shootout, and Scott Darling had 36 saves in regulation and overtime. The Admirals kept their third-place standing in the American Hockey League's Midwest Division. They also hold the sixth-of-eight Western Conference playoff spots at the moment with 79 points, four ahead of Rockford and Charlotte.
The UW-Milwaukee baseball team scored six runs in the seventh inning yesterday to win at Chicago State, 12-8. The Panthers were down by four when they had their big rally, highlighted by a three-run double from Mike Porcaro and a two-run homer by Pat Wilson. UWM is now 6-12 on the season.
Former Milwaukee Wave coach Keith Tozer plans to start a youth soccer academy in June at several locations in southeast Wisconsin. Tozer left the Wave last Friday after 22 seasons with the team. He said yesterday he was not fired, and that he and owner Sue Black reached an agreement involving the two remaining seasons on his contract. Black said Tozer's departure was a mutual decision. She also said she wants to get the Wave into the Professional Arena Soccer League. Milwaukee was invited to join the lower-budget league, after the Major Indoor Soccer League recently broke up. Tozer said his academy would be for youngsters age 4-to-15, and would include camps, leagues, and tournaments. Tozer also said he would stay on as the head coach for the U-S futsal national team in five-on-five competition.