WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers wins slugfest over Rockies
DENVER (SportsNetwork.com) - Jean Segura, Khris Davis and Aramis Ramirez all had three RBI, and the Milwaukee Brewers survived a slugfest with the Colorado Rockies on Friday night at Coors Field, posting a 13-10 win in the opener of a three-game series.
Segura recorded the first multi-homer game of his career with a pair of solo shots and Davis added a two-run blast for the NL central-leading Brewers, who set a season high for runs scored in a game and matched a season high with 19 hits.
Justin Morneau and Corey Dickerson each homered for Colorado, which was coming off being no-hit by Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on Wednesday. Morneau knocked in five runs total, while Dickerson finished 4-for-5 with three RBI.
Ryan Braun's took part in his one-thousandth game of his career yesterday. Braun is the 18th active Major League to log a-thousand career games with one club. He'll also be the 12th in the Brewers' 45-year history to reach the milestone. Braun has been with Milwaukee since 2007. He says he'll pay more attention to it after the season, and when his playing days are done -- but Braun notes that longevity is an accomplishment in itself in Major League Baseball. He says players always agree that it's tougher to stay in the big leagues than to get there -- so whatever longevity Braun achieves, he'll certainly look back on it fondly. His teammate Rickie Weeks has played in one-thousand-75 games with Milwaukee. Hall-of-Famer Robin Yount is the only Brewer with over two-thousand outings, at 28-hundred-56. Hall-of-Famer Paul Molitor is next on the list with 18-hundred-56 games in a Milwaukee uniform.
The Green Bay Packers announced their Training Camp practice schedule this yesterday. A maximum of 17 practices will be open to fans for free -- two fewer than last season. For the first week, the Packers will start at 8:20 in the morning starting July 26th and until the August second Family Night. The exhibition season begins August ninth at Tennessee. Once those games start, the Pack will only have two open practices each week before the exhibition finale on August 28th at home against Kansas City. All public practices will be at Ray Nitschke Field, east of the Don Hutson Center close to Lambeau Field. If it's raining, the team will hold a closed practice indoors.
For the first time in two years, the Green Bay Packers hope to get a full season out of right tackle Bryan Bulaga. He missed the second half of the 2012 campaign with a fractured hip. Last year, he tore an ACL knee ligament during the Packers' Family Night scrimmage -- and he ended up being out for the year. Coach Mike McCarthy said Bulaga's recovery made him stronger, and he had a good off-season. McCarthy called Bulaga the "ultimate pro" who's diligent in his approach. The Packers wrapped up their June mini-camp yesterday. They won't be on the field again until Training Camp begins in late July.
More changes are being reported in the Milwaukee Bucks' front office. Long-time vice president Ron Walter resigned this week. Now, Bucks' chief financial officer Mike Burr says he's been asked to stay on for at least three months by the team's new owners, Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry. Also, an assistant to former Bucks' owner Herb Kohl has moved her office from the Bradley Center to Kohl's private office in downtown Milwaukee. JoAnne Anton tells the Journal Sentinel she'll keep her same job title under Kohl -- but she'll no longer be doing things for the Bucks. Meanwhile, it remains uncertain what will happen with general manager John Hammond and coach Larry Drew. Both are working at least through next week's NBA Draft, and Hammond will make the final calls on who to take. Both the GM and Drew have two years left on their current contracts.
The Milwaukee Bucks got another look yesterday at Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins, when he worked out at the team's training facility in Saint Francis. No media interviews were planned, as the Bucks were trying to keep things close to the vest until Thursday night's draft -- when Milwaukee has the No. 2 overall pick. Wiggins' teammate with the Jayhawks, center Joel Embiid, was also expected to be a top-three selection before he had a stress fracture in his right foot. Surgery was scheduled for today. Meanwhile, the Bucks were also looking at more players today for their possible second round picks. Milwaukee will have three of those next week. Former Michigan center Mitch McGary was on the list for today's auditions, along with Kansas power forward Tarik Black. Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers saw Black play last season, and said he was big and strong enough to become a tight end for Green Bay. The 6-9 Black, however, says he wants to play basketball.
The deputy athletic director at UW-La Crosse will move into the top spot, at least temporarily. Kim Blum was named this week as the interim AD, after Josh Whitman left to take a similar post at Washington University in Saint Louis. Blum will spend the next year as the interim athletic director. A search for a permanent AD will begin early in 2015. Blum has been at La Crosse for 10 years. She was an associate athletic director for her first nine years.
The University of Wisconsin women's basketball team will play seven non-conference squads that made the post-season in March. Badgers' coach Bobbie Kelsey has announced a ten-game schedule against teams outside of the Big Ten. Those seven post-season opponents include UW-Green Bay, which made the WNIT tournament this past spring. The Badgers and Phoenix will square off December 13th at Green Bay's Resch Center. The Wisconsin women will be headed to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam starting on Thanksgiving. They'll open against East Carolina on November 27th. A week later, Wisconsin will play at Miami in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge. Kelsey's squad has home pre-conference games against Illinois State, Vanderbilt, Marquette, and Oral Roberts. The other road games are at Drake and Florida. The Badger women have home exhibitions on November 9th against Division III River Falls, and November 12th against Division II Minnesota-Duluth.
NASCAR pays another visit to Wisconsin this weekend, as Road America at Elkhart Lake hosts the Nationwide Series' Gardner-Denver 200 today. Tim Schendel of Sparta will be the state's only driver on the road course of just over four miles. The race has its third title sponsor in three years, after the Sheboygan County event lost money last year. More than 50,000 fans are expected. A.J. Allmendinger won the 2013 race, but he's not back this time. Perhaps the best-known racer tomorrow will be former Indy driver Sam Hornish Jr. Allmendinger is now on the Sprint Cup circuit, which will also be on a road course -- this one in Sonoma California, where the Toyota-Save Mart 350 is set for Sunday. Qualifying is tomorrow. Matt Kenseth of Cambridge, Paul Menard of Eau Claire, and Beloit-born Danica Patrick are entered. Kenseth hopes to turn things around after dropping to fourth in the Sprint Cup season point standings last week. The Camping World Truck Series is off until next Thursday night, when the UNOH-225 is run at Sparta, Kentucky.
Milwaukee 13,Colorado 10
Minnesota 5, Chi. White Sox 4
Detroit 6, Cleveland 4
Chi. Cubs 6, Pittsburgh 3
Wisconsin 4, Burlington 1
Clinton 7, Beloit 1
Wisconsin Rapids Rafters 0, Battle Creek 0 (Suspended due to rain)
Eau Claire 6, St. Cloud 4
La Crosse 13, Kalamazoo 5
Lakeshore 5, Wisconsin Woodchucks 2
Kenosha 4, Green Bay 3
Madison, Willmar (PPD to this afternoon @ 3:05 p.m.)