WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers' Peralta looks to ring up another "W"
CHICAGO - Wily Peralta will try to become the Majors' first 15-game winner tonight, when the Milwaukee Brewers play the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
The young right-hander has won his last five starts, with a stingy ERA of 1.64 during that stretch. Peralta has not lost since July 8th. He struck out a career-high nine batters last Thursday in six-and-two-thirds innings against San Francisco. The Brewers have scored at least three runs in each of Peralta's last 12 starts. He's 14-6 with a 3.42 ERA for the season. The Cubs will send right-hander Kyle Hendricks to the mound. He's 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in five appearances. Hendricks has won his last two starts. He has gone at least six innings in all five of his starts this year, and he went a career-high eight frames while giving up two runs in a win over Colorado last week. Milwaukee has a two-game lead over second-place Pittsburgh in the National League Central Division. The Cubs are last, 15 games out.
Brewers' TV analyst Bill Schroeder will remain hospitalized for a second straight night with an infection in his right hand and arm. He was sent to a hospital during the Fox Sports Wisconsin broadcast of last night's Brewers' victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Schroeder plans to miss tonight's contest, before returning to the booth tomorrow night. Schroeder, a former Brewers' catcher, said the infection arose after surgery he had last Thursday morning to remove calcium deposits from a finger. He said he felt good enough to broadcast last Thursday afternoon's Brewer win over San Francisco -- but his hand started acting up on Saturday night, and it got worse Sunday and yesterday. He started working last night's game when a Cubs' doctor checked him out and sent him to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Davey Nelson took over for Schroeder in the middle of the broadcast, and he'll remain alongside Brian Anderson for tonight's broadcast. Schroeder said he has never missed a game with a finger injury. He was a Major League catcher for eight seasons, and he's in his 20th year as the Brewers' TV analyst.
Much of the buzz about the the latest Brewers-Cubs series is still about the Cubs' fan who caught Mark Reynolds' home run last night to keep it from going out of Wrigley Field and onto Waveland Avenue. The older fan reached high above the final row of the left field bleachers to make the catch. And then TV replays showed him switching the Reynolds homer with another ball -- which he tossed onto the field to continue a time-honored Cubs' tradition of throwing back the opposition's homers. Well, sort of. The fan kept Reynolds' homer -- which was the 20th of the year for the Brewers' first baseman, giving him 20 homers in each of his last seven seasons. The Chicago Sun-Times called the ball switch a common trick, but it was new to the rest of us -- and so unusual that ESPN highlighted it.
The Lakeshore Chinooks and Mankato Moon-Dogs will both try to advance to the Northwoods League championship series tonight. Both have one-game-to-none leads in their respective divisional finals -- and both can clinch their best-of-three first-round series with home victories. Lakeshore will host the Wisconsin Woodchucks in Mequon, after scoring five runs in the ninth inning last night to beat the 'Chucks 9-4 in Wausau. Mankato topped Willmar 7-4, and that series resumes in Willmar, Minnesota.
After a night off, the Class-"A" Midwest League returns to action tonight. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are at home against Clinton, while the Beloit Snappers entertain Cedar Rapids. With three weeks left in the regular season, Wisconsin is battling for a second-half playoff spot in the Western Division. The Timber Rattlers are tied for second with Cedar Rapids. Both are a game behind first-half champion Kane County. Beloit, which was last in the first half, remain in the West cellar at 17-31, eleven-and-a-half games off the pace.
Two Wisconsin high school players scored in double figures this morning, when the U.S. Under-17 boys' basketball team crushed Japan 122-38 at their world tournament in Dubai. Diamond Stone of Whitefish Bay Dominican had his third double-double in four tournament games, with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Henry Ellenson of Rice Lake chipped in 12 points. Team USA went up 22-0 in this one, to improve to 4-0 in the tournament and make it to the quarterfinals. They'll play 2-2 China on Thursday.
The son of Milwaukee Bucks' co-owner Marc Lasry has reportedly taken a job in the Bucks' front office. Alexander Lasry identifies himself in his Linked-In account as Milwaukee's vice president of strategy and operations. His father recently hoped he could bring in Alexander for some kind of role. The younger Lasry is a graduate of the Stern School of Business at New York University.
The first of two second-round draft choices for the Milwaukee Bucks expects to be out of a walking boot soon. Forward Damien Inglis of France thought he'd be taken in the first round of the June NBA Draft, before he broke his right foot during a pre-draft audition in Oklahoma City. That dropped the 19-year-old Inglis to the 31st overall draft position. The native of French Guiana says he doesn't mind, because he's excited about helping the Bucks' revival efforts under new ownership and new head coach Jason Kidd. When he was drafted, the Bucks said he'd be ready for training camp around the start of October -- which appears that he will be. The team also said Inglis would come to Milwaukee right away, instead of spending another season in Europe. He played for Roanne last year in the French Pro-"A" League, and was with two lower division French teams for two years before that. Inglis called it a great experience. He's projected to be a small forward in the NBA -- and with a wide 7-foot 3-inch wingspan, he projects himself as a good all-around player.