WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers win 50th game on Braun's walk-off single
MILWAUKEE (SportsNetwork.com) - Ryan Braun drove in the game-winning run with a walk-off single, leading the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies in the second contest of a four-game set on Friday.
Matt Belisle (2-3) took the mound for Colorado in the ninth and was greeted with a single from Mark Reynolds. Jean Segura's sacrifice bunt moved Reynolds to second and pinch-hitter Scooter Gennett was intentionally walked. A passed ball allowed both runners to move up a base. Rickie Weeks struck out before Braun's single up the middle won the game.
Braun drove in two runs and Khris Davis doubled twice for the Brewers, who won their third straight game and seventh in nine overall. They're the first team to reach 50 wins this season. Francisco Rodriguez (3-2) earned the win despite giving up the game-tying run in the ninth. Starter Kyle Lohse surrendered just one run on seven hits with four strikeouts across seven strong innings. Josh Rutledge homered among his three hits and scored two runs for Colorado, which has dropped 10 of its last 11 games. Starter Tyler Matzek gave up one run on five hits in six innings of work.
Jabari Parker rolls into Milwaukee with some high expectations. The sports betting Web site Bovada has the former Duke forward as a 5-to-1 favorite to win the NBA's rookie-of-the-year award. The Bucks took Parker with the second overall pick in Thursday night's NBA Draft. The No. 2 favorite, Andrew Wiggins, has 11-to-2 odds of winning the league's rookie honors. The Kansas forward was taken by Cleveland with the Number-One pick. The Bucks have only had one rookie-of-the-year in their 45-year history. That was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Milwaukee inaugural season in 1969-70.
The second of three draft choices for the Milwaukee Bucks reportedly has a broken foot. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says guard-and-forward Damien Inglis of France will not play in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas next month -- but the injury is expected to heal in time for Milwaukee's training camp in October. Inglis reportedly hurt his foot during a workout. Last night, Bucks' general manager John Hammond said the team would not keep Inglis in France in order to develop some more. He has said he wanted to start his NBA career as soon as possible, and he'll be joining the Bucks for next season.
Rhinelander native Dan Forsman shot a one-under-par 69 yesterday at the Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh. That placed him at two-under-138 at the halfway point, in a tie for 30th as of early this afternoon. Bernhard Langer was the clubhouse leader at 11-under through two rounds.
Pewaukee native Mark Wilson missed the weekend cut at the PGA's Quicken Loans National tournament in Bethesda, Maryland. Wilson was at three-over-par after his second round Friday. That put him at plus-eight for the tournament -- six strokes above the cut-line. He's the only Wisconsin golfer playing at Congressional Country Club. Ricky Barnes was the leader at six-under.
Two Wisconsin drivers will try to hold their spots in the season-ending Chase for the Sprint Cup, when the NASCAR Quaker State-400 takes place tonight in Sparta, Kentucky. Matt Kenseth of Cambridge is fourth in the Sprint Cup point standings, and Paul Menard of Eau Claire is 12th. Also entered in the race are Beloit-born Danica Patrick and Travis Kvapil of Janesville. Kenseth and Menard are also entered for tonight's Nationwide Series race at Sparta, the John Elliott Hero Campaign-300. Menard was third in his final practice run for the second-tier event, with a speed of 176.580 miles an hour. Kenseth was 19th in that same practice run. The Camping World Truck Series ran at Sparta Thursday. Johnny Sauter of Necedah placed ninth in the UNOH-225, and he's the series points' leader by eight over Matt Crafton.
UW-Oshkosh distance runner Christy Cazzola has been named the Honda female athlete of the year in the NCAA's Division III. Cazzola was chosen in balloting from a-thousand schools as part of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards' program. She recently completed her final year at Oshkosh, winning three gold medals at the national Division-Three outdoor track meet in Delaware Ohio last month. Cazzola was named the top performer of the D-III outdoor meet in each of the last two years, and was named the national coaches' divisional athlete of the year.
The UW-Whitewater softball coaching staff has been honored by the National Fast-pitch Coaches Association. The Warhawk contingent was named the Great Lakes Region's coaching staff of the year. Whitewater went 39-13 and placed third at the NCAA Division III tournament last month. Head coach Brenda Volk was recognized along with assistants Erin Weber, Beth Benuso, and Steve Evans. The Tufts University staff won the national award for the second straight year.
Milwaukee 3, Colorado 2
Texas 5, Minnesota 4
Houston 4, Detroit 3 (F/11)
Chi. Cubs 7, Washington 2
Chi. White Sox 5, Toronto 4
Kane County 3, Beloit 2
Burlington 5, Wisconsin 4
Eau Claire 9, Lakeshore 2
Lakeshore 9, Eau Claire 4 (F/7)
Kalamazoo 8, Wisconsin Woodchucks 7
Green Bay 5, Madison 4
Battle Creek 7, Kenosha 4
Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 7, La Crosse 5