WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers sweep up Reds
MILWAUKEE - (SportsNetwork.com) - Mark Reynolds homered twice and the Milwaukee Brewers finished a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 5-1 win on Wednesday.
The Reds had just four hits off Brewers starter Kyle Lohse, and five overall, and fell to 0-6 since the All-Star break -- their first six-game losing streak in more than three years. Lohse (11-4) allowed one run, two walks and struck out three for NL Central- leading Milwaukee and Reynolds had three hits and three RBI. The Brewers have won four of their last six games after entering the break in a 2-11 funk. Mike Leake (7-9) gave up four runs on 11 hits in six innings for the Reds to lose his third straight start.
Milwaukee Brewers' third baseman Aramis Ramirez played in his two-thousandth career game today. And the 36-year-old slugger says he wants to play beyond this season -- after his current three-year contract expires with Milwaukee. Ramirez and the Brewers have a mutual option for a fourth season, but he says he doesn't like to deal with such things during the season. Wherever he plays, Ramirez says he'd like to shoot for 25-hundred career games. He says he feels good right now, and health will be the main factor in deciding how long he goes. Ramirez was elected for the first time to start for the National League in this month's All-Star Game, and he went 2-for-3 and scored a run in the Mid-Summer Classic.
After a day off, the Class-"A" Midwest League returns to action tonight. Inter-divisional play continues, as the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers open a series near Cleveland against the Lake County Captains. The Beloit Snappers will open a series in northeast Indiana against Fort Wayne. The Rattlers are coming off an 11-inning victory over Dayton on Monday. Beloit's most recent game was a 7-3 loss to Bowling Green.
The Northwoods League is on the final day of its All-Star break. Teams will resume play tomorrow night, after the South Division blanked the North 3-0 in last night's All-Star Game in Mequon. Pete Alonzo of the Madison Mallards was the game's MVP. His three-run homer accounted for the game's only scoring. Brett Siddall of the Lakeshore Chinooks won the individual Home Run Derby which preceded the contest. The North out-hit the South in the Derby 18-13. Just over 21-hundred fans attended the festivities, held at Kapco Park on Lake Michigan in Mequon, just north of Milwaukee. The Chinooks were the host team -- along with their ownership group which includes Brewers' Hall of Famer Robin Yount.
The owner of the Denver Broncos -- who was born and raised in Wisconsin -- is giving up day-to-day control of the team, as he fights Alzheimer's disease. The Broncos said today that Pat Bowlen was privately battling the disease in recent years. In a statement, the Broncos said they would fully support the 70-year-old Bowlen, saying he has faced his condition with "dignity and strength." Bowlen was born in Prairie du Chien, and he graduated from Campion Jesuit High School in that city. He attended college at Oklahoma, and bought the Denver NFL franchise 30 years ago. Bowlen has been heavily involved in league matters, as well. Among other things, he chaired the Broadcast Committee which negotiated the largest single-season TV rights' contract in sports history, at $18-billion. The Broncos' operations will be assumed by team president Joe Ellis and football operations director John Elway. Bowlen had already placed his ownership stake into a trust, with the goal that one of his seven children would someday run the organization.
NASCAR's Truck Series returns to action tonight with the Car-Cash Mud-Summer Classic. It's the second year in a row that NASCAR's Camping World Truck circuit is racing on the dirt track at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg Ohio. Last year's event marked the first time in 43 years that NASCAR vehicles competed on an all-dirt track. Wisconsin's top truck competitor, Johnny Sauter of Necedah, finished second-to-last a year ago, after an accident wiped him out just after three-fourths of the race had been completed. This time, Sauter finished 25th in his final practice run, with a one-lap speed of 85-point-507 miles an hour. Sauter is third in the season truck point standings with 323, seven behind first-place Matt Crafton.