WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers lose 4-1 in Toronto
TORONTO - Marco Estrada gave up his Major League-leading 25th and 26th home runs of the year this afternoon, as the Milwaukee Brewers lost at Toronto 4-1.
Jose Bautista, in his first game since June 22nd, hit a solo homer in the first inning to put the Jays in front for good. Toronto went up 2-zip in the fifth on another solo blast, this one from Colby Rasmus. For the second game in a row, Milwaukee was held only to four hits. Ryan Braun had the Crew's only extra base hit, an R-B-I double. Estrada went six innings, giving up two runs on six hits with a walk and a pair of strikeouts. The loss dropped him to 7-5. Drew Hutchinson got the win, striking out ten in seven frames, while giving up a run on three hits with a pair of walks. Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his 13th save. Toronto ended a three-game losing streak. The Brewers have dropped two straight. They'll close out their brief two-game set tomorrow night.
Brewers' third baseman Aramis Ramirez and center-fielder Carlos Gomez continue to hold starting spots in the latest round of fan voting for this month's All-Star Game. For the second week in a row, Ramirez topped all National League third basemen with almost 1.8 million votes. The Mets' David Wright is second almost 250,000 fewer votes. If the voting holds, Ramirez would make his first All-Star appearance since 2008, and would be the first Milwaukee third baseman to start the Mid-Summer Classic. Gomez has moved up to second in the balloting for the three starting NL outfield spots. That's about a half-million votes than Giancarlo Stanton of Miami, who's out of the Top-Three starting spots in fourth place. Also, three other Brewers remain second in their respective fan elections -- catcher Jonathan Lucroy, shortstop Jean Segura, and first baseman Mark Reynolds. This is the final voting update we'll get before the online balloting ends Thursday night at 10:59. The All-Star selections will be announced Sunday night at six on ESPN. The All-Star Game will be played July 15th in Minneapolis.
Former Brewers' All-Star pitcher Chris Capuano was cut today by Boston. The Red Sox designated the 35-year-old left-hander for assignment last week. He went 1-1 in 28 appearances for Boston this year with a 4.55 ERA. Capuano was an All-Star for Milwaukee in 2006, before he had two Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgeries. He's 74-84 lifetime in 209 starts and 266 appearances with Milwaukee, Arizona, the New York Mets, and the LA Dodgers as well as with the Red Sox.
In the Midwest League, the Beloit Snappers will open a home series against Quad Cities tonight. Beloit was supposed to host Kane County last night, but they were rained out. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are home at Appleton tonight against Cedar Rapids. That's after the Rattlers fell to Burlington 4-3 last evening.
There's nothing new on the Milwaukee Bucks' coaching front this morning -- other than the Brooklyn Nets confirming what we already know. The Nets issued a news release which said they'll look for a new head coach immediately, after giving permission to first-year coach Jason Kidd to pursue the Milwaukee job. At last word, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said Kidd and the Bucks have tentatively agreed on a three-year deal worth $12-15 million. The Nets also confirmed that they'll get Milwaukee's second-round draft picks in both 2015 and 2019. The Bucks confirmed last night that they fired coach Larry Drew, without mentioning Kidd as a replacement. General manager John Hammond praised Drew in a statement. He said Drew represented the Bucks in a "first class manner," despite the 15-67 season -- Drew's only one in Milwaukee.