WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers still cling to lead in NL Central
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers continue to hold onto first place in the National League Central, after getting by Pittsburgh 4-3 yesterday at Miller Park. Had the Crew lost, and had Saint Louis not lost to Philadelphia, the Cardinals would have moved into first, and the Brewers would have lost a division lead they've held every day since April 5.
Mike Fiers had another solid start for Milwaukee, giving up just two hits in seven innings as he improved to 4-1. Fiers' only real blemish was a two-run homer to Starling Marte in the second. Jeremy Jeffress threw a scoreless eighth and lowered his ERA to 0.66. Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 39th save, despite giving up a solo homer to Andrew McCutchen which capped a ten-pitch at-bat. Vance Worley took the loss, giving up four runs on 12 hits in six-and-a-third innings with five strikeouts. He's now 5-4. The Brewers scored all their runs in the first two innings on by Scooter Gennett, Mark Reynolds, Jonathan Lucroy, and Aramis Ramirez. The Brewers took 1-of-3 from the Pirates this weekend. The Crew is now a game-and-a-half up on Saint Louis in the Central, with Pittsburgh at five games back. Milwaukee opens a series late tonight at San Diego. Right-hander Kyle Lohse returns from an ankle injury to face Padres' left-hander Eric Stults.
Two more starters are out for the Green Bay Packers. Coach Mike McCarthy said yesterday that second-year center J.C. Tretter would be out for "multiple weeks" with a left knee injury suffered in Friday night's exhibition win over Oakland. On the defensive side, inside linebacker Brad Jones injured a quadriceps on Friday night. McCarthy said Jones might return in time for Green Bay's regular season opener at Seattle a week from Thursday night. Jamari Lattimore would most likely start in Jones' place, with help from Sam Barrington. Tretter was absent from practice yesterday. He played the entire first half before giving way to fifth-round rookie center Corey Linsley, who will start for now. Agent Alan Herman said Tretter apparently had a severe bone bruise, and it could take 3-to-6 weeks to heal depending on how it's treated. Meanwhile, corner Casey Hayward returned to practice yesterday on a limited basis. McCarthy says the coaches are being cautious with Hayward, after he sat out much of last season with a bad hamstring.
The Packers cut seven players yesterday, including receiver Chris Harper. The back-up was signed late last season from San Francisco. Chase Rettig, the Packers' fourth quarterback at Training Camp, was also let go -- along with receiver Gerrard Sheppard, fullback Ina Liaina, linebacker Korey Jones, safety Charles Clay, and corner Antonio Dennard. Green Bay's roster is now at 81 players. Nose tackle B.J. Raji is expected to go on injured reserve, after going out for the year with a torn biceps suffered in Friday night's win over Oakland. Don Barclay and Jared Abbrederis are also expected to go on the IR, meaning the Packers will have to cut three players by 3 p.m. tomorrow to reach this week's NFL roster limit of 75 players.
Jerry Kelly of Madison has advanced to the second Fed-Ex Cup playoff tournament. Kelly tied for 38th over the weekend in the opening PGA Fed-Ex event, the Barclays in Paramus, New Jersey. He shot an even-par 71 in his final round yesterday, to finish at three-under-281. That was eleven strokes behind the winner, Hunter Mahan. Kelly rose four spots in the Fed-Ex point standings to Number-60. He'll be among the Top-100 moving onto the Deutsche Bank Championship, which starts on Friday near Boston.
NASCAR rookie Justin Boston won an ARCA race near Madison yesterday. Justin Boston won the Herr's 200 at Madison International Speedway, after placing 30th last week in his first start in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series. Boston beat out second-place Kyle Benjamin by two-point-seven seconds.
The University of Wisconsin women's soccer team edged Tennessee 2-1 in overtime yesterday in Madison. Kodee Williams scored the winning goal in the 92nd minute, as the Badgers improved to 2-0 on the young season. The Badgers downed Oregon on Friday 1-0, also in Madison. In other D-I women's college soccer results from across the state: the UW-Milwaukee women were shut out by Oregon yesterday, 2-0 in Madison. Two Panther shots hit the crossbar, as Milwaukee fell to 0-2. The Marquette women fell to 1-1 after losing a 1-0 home contest to Northwestern. Addie Steiner scored the only goal of the match. UW-Green Bay lost at home to Ball State 2-0. The Phoenix failed to get a shot-on-goal in the second half, as they dropped to 1-1.
The Marquette University men's soccer team played to a 2-2 tie with Wright State last evening in Milwaukee. Coco Navarro and Colin Koerber scored for the Golden Eagles in their final exhibition match. In other men D-I soccer results from across the state: the UW-Green Bay men closed out their exhibition schedule at 2-0, with a 4-2 home victory over Division II UW-Parkside. Adam Nelson scored the eventual game-winner for the Phoenix.
In Major League Baseball...
National League Central race...
Milwaukee 4, Pittsburgh 3
Philadelphia 7, Saint Louis 1
Cincinnati 5, Atlanta 3
In regional action...
Chicago Cubs 2, Baltimore 1
Detroit 13, Minnesota 4
New York Yankees 7, Chicago White Sox 4
In the Midwest League...
Beloit 4, Wisconsin 2