WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers go for third-straight win over Cardinals
ST. LOUIS - Kyle Lohse will go for his first five-game winning streak in six years, when the Milwaukee Brewers play at Saint Louis tonight. Last time out, the veteran right-hander gave up one earned run in seven innings of a Milwaukee home victory over San Diego.
Lohse has an ERA of two during his four-game winning streak. The last time he won five straight was in May and June of 2008, when he was with the Cardinals. Saint Louis will send right-hander Lance Lynn to the hill this evening. He's 4-1 overall -- just like Lohse. Lynn's season ERA is 3.30 -- higher than Lohse's two-point-three-eight. Lynn struck out nine in six-and-a-third innings last Thursday, while taking the loss against the New York Mets. The Brewers have won eight of their last ten, and they continue to have baseball's best record at 19-7. The Cards, at 14-13, have lost six of nine.
The Milwaukee Brewers have not won three straight games over the Saint Louis Cardinals since August of 2011. But they can match that accomplishment tonight with a victory at Busch Stadium. The Crew beat the Cards 5-3 last night in 12 innings, after winning their previous match-up at Miller Park 11 days ago. The Brewers have won eight of their last ten games overall, despite losing three of their biggest hitters to injuries the past three days -- Ryan Braun, Jean Segura, and Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez is the latest to be hurt. He suffered a bruised elbow when he was hit by a pitch in the seventh inning last night. He, Segura, and Braun are all officially listed as day-to-day -- but it's not known when they'll return. A loss by the Cardinals tonight would drop them back to .500 at 14-14. Catcher Yadier Molina continues to be hot, with a .379 batting average in his last 16 games against the Crew at Busch. Molina had two hits last night, and is the Cards' leading hitter with a .344 average this season. Right-hander Kyle Lohse will start for Milwaukee tonight against Cardinals' right-hander Lance Lynn.
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Beloit Snappers will both try again tonight to get their home games in -- but it doesn't look good. Rain is in the forecast statewide. And both Wisconsin and Beloit have double-headers scheduled, after their series openers were rained out last evening. The Burlington Bees are waiting to play the Rattlers near Appleton, while Peoria is trying to get a game in with the Snappers.
The UW-Whitewater baseball team remains fourth in this week's Division III poll from D3baseball.com The Warhawks have held their national ranking despite losing two of their last four games -- including a 2-1 decision to UW-Stout in the nightcap of a double-header last Sunday. Whitewater is now 13-4 in the WIAC, and 25-6 overall. UW-Stevens Point dropped six places in the new poll, from 9th to 15th. The Pointers are 22-9 overall, after dropping both ends of a twin bill to Platteville on Sunday. Linfield of Oregon remains atop the D-III poll at 32-4.
Brandon Seifert of Concordia-Wisconsin has been named the baseball position player of the week in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. Seifert, a junior shortstop, drove in 10 runs and scored 11 as his Falcons went 7-0 last week. He hit .429 while getting at least one hit in each game. Melissa Perkins of Concordia-Wisconsin is the league's softball pitcher of the week. The sophomore won all four of her starts last week, with three complete games. Perkins had an ERA of 0.84 in 25 innings, with 16 strikeouts. Also, the NACC recognized Benjamin Nommensen of Concordia-Wisconsin in men's tennis -- and Damon Nick from the Falcons of Mequon in men's track.
Marshall Zahn of Ripon College is the Midwest Conference baseball pitcher of the week. And Watertown native John Tesensky of Cornell College in Iowa is the league's top position player. Zahn, a junior, struck out 17 batters in 15 innings last week. He did not give up an earned run, while improving his record to 4-1. Tesensky, a freshman outfielder, batted .529 for the week while helping Cornell secure its first winning season in 11 years.
Former Milwaukee Bucks' legend Oscar Robertson says he's not surprised about the racial remarks made by Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling. Robertson, an African-American, tells Milwaukee's WTMJ Radio he thought society was long beyond the types of feelings that Sterling expressed -- but he believes the lessons he learned the hard way are not being taught in America today. Robertson said Americans don't talk about the histories of slavery and oppression in this country -- and it's partially why racism still happens. Robertson's Number-One was retired long ago by the Bucks. Sterling is reported to tell his girlfriend that she shouldn't broadcast on social media that she associates with blacks -- and that he supported his black players by giving them "food and clothes and cars and houses." It's not the first time that Sterling's been in hot water for telegraphing his opinions on race. Today, the NBA plans to announce the results of a rapid investigation into Sterling's remarks -- which came at the absolute wrong time for his players, as they try to win a playoff series against Golden State. The Clippers' players protested by wearing their warm-up jerseys inside out before Sunday's game -- which they ended up losing to the Warriors. The best-of-seven series is tied at two games apiece, going into Game-Five tonight in LA.
The boys' basketball coach at Burlington Catholic Central High School is returning to the college ranks. Eric Henderson has been named as an assistant coach at North Dakota State. New coach David Richman hired Henderson, who has spent five years leading Burlington Catholic Central. Before that, Henderson was on the coaching staffs at Iowa State and Wayne State of Nebraska. Henderson's hiring means that at least one Wisconsinite will remain on the coaching staff at NDSU. Reedsburg native and former University of Wisconsin assistant Saul Phillips left the North Dakota State job not too long ago, to become the new coach at Ohio University.
There were no upsets in the first round of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference men's tennis tournament. Third-seeded Concordia-Wisconsin shut out Number-six Concordia-Chicago yesterday, 5-to-nothing. Fourth-seeded Wisconsin Lutheran won by the same score over fifth-seeded Aurora. The top two seeds earned byes to the semi-finals, which will be played on Saturday in Madison. Top-seeded Milwaukee Engineering will go against Wisconsin Lutheran. And Number-two Madison Edgewood will take on Concordia-Wisconsin. The championship match will be played after the semis on Saturday.
University of Wisconsin senior third baseman Michelle Mueller has been named the Big Ten softball player of the week. Mueller batted .714 in a sweep of Purdue which extended the Badgers' winning streak to 13 games. She belted her 11th homer of the season and drove in both runs in the series' opener, a 2-1 victory over the Boilermakers. Mueller has had two hits and her 49th RBI of the season in a Senior Day triumph. Wisconsin is scheduled to play Nebraska tomorrow afternoon.