WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers lose in extra innings
SAN DIEGO - The Milwaukee Brewers lost at San Diego last night, 3-2 in ten innings.
Rene Rivera homered in the ninth to give Milwaukee its first extra-inning game in over two months. Rivera then hit a walk-off single in the tenth to win it. The Brewers dropped the final two contests in their three-game set with the Padres, and they've lost four of their last six. But they still cling to a one-and-a-half game lead over Saint Louis in the National League Central after the Cardinals lost.
Milwaukee broke a scoreless tie in the seventh when Elian Herrera hit an RBI-double, went to third on the throw, and scored on a passed ball. San Diego made it 2-1 in the same inning when pinch-hitter Jake Goebbert hit a run-scoring single. That set up Rivera's heroics. Brewers' starter Yovani Gallardo threw six scoreless innings, giving up three hits and three walks. Zach Duke took the loss, falling to 4-1. Dale Thayer got the win. He's 4-3. Padres' starter Odrisamer Despaigne struck out a career-high nine batters in seven frames. Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke was ejected in the ninth, and ripped plate umpire Mark Ripperger for calling strikes that were way off the plate. In Roenicke's words, "I should have been kicked out probably in the second inning." Crew chief Ted Barrett said he'll get a report from Major League Baseball as early as today -- and if there were pitches missed, they'll figure out how to get them right. Milwaukee is off today, and will open a series at San Francisco tomorrow night.
Matt Garza will pitch a simulated game tomorrow. If it goes well, manager Ron Roenicke says Garza will return to the Brewers' starting rotation. He's been on the disabled list since August fifth with a strained left oblique muscle. The plan is for Garza to throw 45-to-50 pitches, facing hitters for the first time since his injury. Roenicke was considering a minor league rehab start -- but with the Brewers on the West Coast through Sunday, he said the long flights might have been a problem. When he returns, Garza will be on a lower pitch count. Roenicke said the Brewers should have more relievers on hand following the September first roster expansion to 40 players.
Brewers' starter Jimmy Nelson has been named the Pacific Coast League's pitcher-of-the-year for the time he spent at Triple-"A" Nashville. It's the second straight season that a Milwaukee pitcher won the honor. Johnny Hellweg was the PCL's top pitcher ago. Nelson had 16 starts and one relief appearance for the Nashville Sounds, going 10-2 with a 1.46 ERA and 114 strikeouts in 111 innings. Nelson led all of Minor League Baseball with his ERA. He also led the minors by limiting opposing hitters to a .179 average.
Back-ups will have a chance to earn roster spots tonight, when the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs play their final exhibition game at Lambeau Field. For the Pack, the most intriguing battle appears to be at the quarterback spot, where Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien are vying to be Aaron Rodgers' top back-up. Flynn is expected to start, possibly alternating with Tolzien quarter-by-quarter. The Packers could end up keeping both quarterbacks, but that hasn't been decided yet. At inside linebacker, Jamari Lattimore and Sam Barrington are competing to be Brad Jones' top backup. Jones has been out with a thigh injury. The Packers could also audition some more kick returners. Rookie Corey Linsley will get a lot of time at center, after J.C. Tretter went down went an injury last week. The Chiefs will use the game to audition candidates at Number-three running back. Coach Andy Reid said he also wants to get a look at some younger receivers and offensive linemen.
One of five buses taking the Kansas City Chiefs to their hotel in Appleton got into an accident yesterday afternoon. Outagamie County sheriff's deputies were escorting the Chiefs from the airport to their downtown hotel when another vehicle entered an intersection and collided with a tour bus. None of the Chiefs were hurt. A child in the other vehicle had a minor cut to the head, and was taken to an Appleton hospital for treatment. Authorities are investigating the crash, which happened on the eve of the Chiefs' exhibition game tonight against the Packers in Green Bay.
University of Wisconsin linebacker Derek Landisch expects to start on Saturday night, when the Badgers open their season against LSU in Houston. The senior has been gradually increasing his practice time since last weekend, after he went out August 13th with an injured right hamstring. It sidelined him for more than a week. Landisch worked with the Badgers' No. 1 defense at practice yesterday. Meanwhile, senior walk-on linebacker Ben Ruechel from Oconto was given a scholarship this week.
One of Wisconsin's top high school basketball players has narrowed his college choices -- and Marquette is still in the running. An ESPN analyst tweeted that Rice Lake senior Henry Ellenson also has Michigan State and Kentucky on his final list. Ellenson is considered one of the top power forwards in the country. He recently played for Team USA in the World Under-17 tournament. Ellenson has also received offers from North Carolina, Duke, the University of Wisconsin and UCLA among others. His brother Wally transferred to Marquette this summer.
In Major League Baseball...
National League Central race...
San Diego 3, Milwaukee 2 in 10 innings
Pittsburgh 3, Saint Louis 1
Cincinnati 7, Chicago Cubs 5
In regional action...
Chicago White Sox 3, Cleveland 2
Kansas City 6, Minnesota 1
New York Yankees 8, Detroit 4
In the Midwest League...
Burlington 1, Wisconsin 0
Peoria 4, Beloit 2