WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers swept by Phillies, lose fifth straight
MILWAUKEE (SportsNetwork.com) - Jimmy Rollins broke up Matt Garza's no- hitter in the seventh inning and put the Phillies in front with a two-run single in the eighth, as Philadelphia rallied for a 9-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers to complete a four-game sweep at Miller Park.
The Phillies trailed 1-0 through seven innings but put up a seven-spot in the eighth to pull away. Cameron Rupp doubled with one out and was replaced by pinch-runner Ben Revere before Cesar Hernandez walked to put the go-ahead run on base. Tony Gwynn Jr. advanced the runners with a grounder to third, and Garza was replaced on the mound by Will Smith. Rollins greeted the lefty specialist with a liner into right that scored both runners without a throw. After Chase Utley walked, Ryan Howard went the opposite way with an RBI ground-rule double to left. Marlon Byrd was then walked intentionally to load the bases for Cody Asche, who plated two more runs with his double over Ryan Braun's head in right for a 5-1 lead. Domonic Brown's two-run single up the middle put the finishing touches on the inning. Howard added a two-run homer in the ninth to make it 9-1. The seven runs in the eighth were the most the Phillies scored in any inning this season. Garza (6-6) was perfect through four innings and carried a no-hitter into the seventh before Rollins broke it up with a leadoff single to right. He was charged with two runs on three hits in 7 2/3 innings. The Brewers have lost a season-high five straight games.
In the Midwest League, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will play at Cedar Rapids again tonight. The Rattlers are coming off a 5-2 victory last evening. The Beloit Snappers will host Burlington, after falling to the Bees 6-2.
In the Northwoods League, the Lakeshore Chinooks will go for their eighth straight victory tonight, when they open a series in Mequon against the La Crosse Loggers. Lakeshore has the league's best second-half record at 7-1, with a one-and-a-half game lead over Madison in the South Division. The Eau Claire Express has won five straight. They lead the North Division with a 6-2 mark, one game ahead of second-place Willmar. Eau Claire opens a new series in Canada tonight against Thunder Bay. Elsewhere, the Wisconsin Woodchucks host Kenosha in Wausau. Madison is at Wisconsin Rapids. And Green Bay entertains Battle Creek.
Mequon amateur Jordan Niebrugge shot an even-par 71 in his first round today at the PGA's John Deere Classic in Silvis, Illinois. The defending U.S. Amateur Public Links champion scored an Eagle-three on the Par-five 17th. Two bogeys made him finish at par, eight strokes off the lead as of mid-afternoon. Niebrugge was tied for 70th place at that point. Three Wisconsin pro golfers were playing in the afternoon group at TPC Deere Run. Jerry Kelly of Madison was three-under after five holes. Steve Stricker of Madison was at one-under after five. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson was at even-par after four holes.
University of Wisconsin right tackle Rob Havenstein is a candidate for the Outland Trophy as college football's top interior lineman. The senior Havenstein was named today to a watch list for the award. He's the Badgers' most experienced returning lineman, and was a second-team all-Big Ten pick by the media last season.