WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers' bats held in check in loss to Padres
SAN DIEGO - After getting 42 hits in their last three games, the Milwaukee Brewers only mustered five hits in a 4-1 loss at San Diego last night.
Scooter Gennett drove in Milwaukee's only run with a ground-rule double in the fourth inning. Jean Segura had two singles in three trips. Abraham Almonte hit a solo homer and an RBI-single to lead San Diego. Jimmy Nelson took the loss for Milwaukee, giving up four runs -- two earned -- in five innings. He struck out seven, as he lost his third straight decision while falling to 2-5 on the year. Tyson Ross got the win for the Padres, giving up just one run on four hits in six-and-a-third frames. Ross had his 13th straight quality start, as he improved to 12-12. Joaquin Benoit earned his ninth save. Ryan Braun was back in the lineup, after he suffered a left quad contusion in a collision at first base on Monday night. The Brewers' right-fielder went 0-for-4 and struck out twice. The Brewers ended a streak of five consecutive road wins. They'll close out their three-game series at San Diego tonight. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will start for the Crew against Padres' right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne. The Brew Crew still has a one-and-a-half game lead in the National League Central, after second-place Saint Louis lost to Pittsburgh. The Pirates are now five games back in third.
Brewers' starter Matt Garza appears to be ready for the final step in his rehab from a strained left oblique muscle. The veteran right-hander threw a solid bullpen session yesterday in San Diego, after tossing 40 pitches in a similar exercise last Friday. Garza has been on the disabled list since August fifth. Manager Ron Roenicke says he'll find out today how the pitcher feels -- and based on that, Garza will either get a minor league rehab assignment or a simulated game before he returns to the Milwaukee rotation next week. Garza is 7-7 this year with a 3.58 ERA.
The Milwaukee organization will have eight prospects in the Arizona Fall League. Left-hander Wei-Chung Wang -- the Brewers' Rule-Five pick who's now on a minor league injury rehab -- will be among those playing for the Glendale Desert Dogs. Others include pitchers Ariel Pena, Brooks Hall, and Tyler Wagner -- infielders Nick Ramirez and Hector Gomez -- outfielder Tyrone Taylor -- and catcher Shawn Zarraga. Of that group, Pena is at the highest minor league level, at Triple-"A" Nashville. Zarraga is a taxi-squad player who will only be active on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Arizona Fall League helps train the Majors' top prospects. Six teams will start playing each other on October seventh throughout the Phoenix area.
The Green Bay Packers put six players on injured reserve yesterday, to get down to their current roster limit of 75. All six are out for the year after serious injuries -- nose tackle B-J Raji, offensive lineman Don Barclay, receiver Jared Abbrederis, guard Andrew Tiller, running back Rajion Neal, and inside linebacker Joe Thomas. Also, the Packers waived rookie tight end Colt Lyerla after reaching an injury settlement. His agent says the Packers will pay Lyerla about half of his 303-thousand dollar salary for this year. Other teams can sign him after Week-Eight of the regular season. Meanwhile, the Packers will hold their final public practice of Training Camp today. They'll get ready for their final exhibition game tomorrow night at Lambeau Field against Kansas City -- where players on the bubble will get one final audition to make the 53-man season roster. Final cuts are due by 5 p.m Saturday.
The Milwaukee Bucks traded veteran forward Carlos Delfino to the Los Angeles Clippers yesterday, in exchange for small forward Jared Dudley. The Bucks also sent young center Miroslav Raduljica and a second-round draft pick for next year to the Clippers. Besides the 6-7 Dudley, LA also gave Milwaukee a first-round pick in 2017. Delfino was planning to have a second stint with Milwaukee last season -- but he surgery last December on a broken foot bone, and he never played. The Journal Sentinel says he might not play this coming season, either, because the bone reportedly did not heal correctly. Delfino turns 32 on Friday. The 29-year-old Dudley averaged seven points with LA last season, and later lost his starting job after having three strong years with Phoenix where he averaged 13 points in 2012.
For the third straight year, Milwaukee native Tim Smyczek made it past the first round at the U.S. Open tennis tournament. He defeated Filip Krajnovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 yesterday in New York. Smyczek will play 17th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in the next round. The 26-year-old Smyczek made it to the third round a year ago, and was the last American man to be eliminated. Smyczek won a state title in high school. He was the 2002 Division-Two champ with Brookfield Academy.
NASCAR's Nationwide Series is moving its Wisconsin event from June to August 29th next year. The circuit announced its schedules yesterday -- and the event at Road America in Elkhart Lake was moved up two months. It will stay on a Saturday, like it's been since 2010 -- and unlike past years, there will not be a Sprint Cup race at a different track on the same weekend. Road America president George Bruggenthies says he hopes at least a couple of the Sprint Cup drivers will compete in the Road America event.
In Major League Baseball...
National League Central race...
San Diego 4, Milwaukee 1
Pittsburgh 5, Saint Louis 2
Chicago Cubs 3, Cincinnati 0
In regional action...
Kansas City 2, Minnesota 1
Cleveland 8, Chicago White Sox 6
Detroit 5, New York Yankees 2
In the Midwest League...
Wisconsin 6, Beloit 2