WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Peralta gets 14th win as Brewers top Giants 3-1
MILWAUKEE - Wily Peralta became the first Major League pitcher to win 14 games yesterday, when the Milwaukee Brewers beat San Francisco 3-1 at Miller Park.
Peralta won his fifth straight start, as he struck out nine in six-and-two-thirds innings. He gave up one run on seven hits, and has not lost since July 8th. Peralta is now 14-6 in only his second full season as a Milwaukee starter. Francisco Rodriguez threw a perfect ninth for his 34th save. Giants' starter Jake Peavy continues to have bad luck, remaining winless in his last 18 starts with San Francisco and Boston. He gave up all three of Milwaukee's runs in five-and-two-thirds innings. Ryan Braun and Khris Davis both hit RBI doubles, and Mark Reynolds had a sacrifice fly. Hunter Pence drove in the Giants' only run with a single. Milwaukee won a series for just the second time since July first, taking 2-of-3 from the Giants. The Crew has also won eight of its last 11 home games, and will host the LA Dodgers in a three-game series that begins tonight. Right-hander Kyle Lohse will start against Dodgers' right-hander Roberto Hernandez.
Adam Wainwright became the second 14-game winner last night, as Saint Louis topped Boston 5-2 to keep the Cardinals within a game of first-place Milwaukee in the National League Central Division. Third-place Pittsburgh remains a game-and-a-half back, and Cincinnati remains only four back after both those teams won again.
Right-hander Mike Fiers will come up from the minors to start for the Brewers tomorrow. Manager Ron Roenicke said Fiers will fill in for Matt Garza, who's out with a strained left oblique muscle. This will be Fiers' second stint with Milwaukee this season, and his first as a starter. He went 0-1 in four relief outings in June with a 2.57 ERA. At Triple-"A" Nashville, Fiers is 8-5 with a 2.55 ERA, with 129 strikeouts while giving up just under one walk-and-hit per inning. Roenicke says he wants to see if Fiers can re-create his spark from two years ago, when he won a lot of games early for the Brewers and then faded to go 9-10. The skipper was also considering Marco Estrada for tomorrow. Estrada tossed three innings of relief on Wednesday night in a Brewers' loss to San Francisco. Ex-Brewer Zack Greinke will start for the Dodgers against Fiers.
Brewers' reliever Wei-Chung Wang has been promoted to the Class-"A" Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. The 22-year-old Wang recently began a 30-day minor league rehab assignment. That was after the Rule-Five draft pick went on Milwaukee's disabled list July 11th with a tight left throwing shoulder. The Brewers tried Wang as a rookie league starter at Arizona, where he went three-and-two-thirds innings in a pair of short appearances. He struck out three, giving up no runs on one hit. Meanwhile, Triple-"A" Nashville first baseman Hunter Morris is starting a rehab assignment with Arizona. He's recovering from a broken forearm.
Jerry Kelly of Madison is tied for ninth after the opening round of the PGA Championship. Kelly shot a four-under-par 67 yesterday at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville. That's two strokes off the lead going into today's second round of the year's final major. Lee Westwood, Kevin Chappell, and Ryan Palmer are all at six-under-65. Steve Stricker of Madison is tied for 20th, after shooting a minus-two-69. He's been struggling in his limited appearances lately, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says the 47-year-old Stricker is playing with a torn labrum in his left hip. Neenah club pro Ryan Helminen is tied for 93rd, at plus-two. Hudson club pro Dave Tentis shot an eight-over-79. Also, two-time Wisconsin State Open champion Jon Turcott of Middleton is a caddy for late entry John Huh, who shot a 78. The 33-year-old Turcott now lives in North Carolina. He no longer plays competitive golf.
With starter Morgan Burnett out, Packers' coach Mike McCarthy will get a long look at his other safeties tomorrow night when Green Bay plays at Tennessee. It's the Packers' exhibition opener, and Burnett -- who has a strained oblique muscle -- is one of seven injured players who won't make the trip. Micah Hyde and first-round rookie Ha Ha Clinton-Dix are expected to be the Packers' starters at safety. Sean Richardson, who has looked solid at Training Camp, is also expected to be in the mix along with Chris Banjo. McCarthy says he wants to get as many players as possible ready for the season. Clinton-Dix and Richardson could wind up as steady players in Green Bay's nickel-and-dime packages on passing downs. Besides Burnett, tight end Colt Lyerla won't make the trip -- and neither will defensive end Jerel Worthy, nose tackle LeTroy Guion, and safety Tanner Miller. Receiver Jared Abbrederis and offensive linemen Don Barclay are also out with ACL knee injuries.
Packers' coach Mike McCarthy says he'll look for somebody to "jump out" at him on Saturday night, when Green Bay plays its pre-season opener at Tennessee. McCarthy says a number of players have looked solid during the first two weeks of Training Camp -- and now, he's looking for someone to play as if they're crying out to deserve more opportunities. McCarthy singled out safeties Sean Richardson and Chris Banjo, as well as the offensive line. The coach also explained why offensive coordinator Tom Clements will be in the press box instead of on the field during games. McCarthy said he's had numerous staff changes on the offensive side -- and he'd rather have quarterbacks' coach Alex Van Pelt to stay with his unit.
After eight pre-season camp practices this week, University of Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen is still looking for a solid back-up to nose guard Warren Herring. If the season were to start today, Andersen said Herring would have to play every snap -- and that's a big concern. Redshirt sophomore Arthur Goldberg and freshmen Connor Sheehy and Jeremy Patterson have auditioned at back-up nose guard. The coach said the consistency of the three players is not where it needs to be. Andersen says he does not want to move a defensive end inside, but he's considering it. The coach said it was not a concern last year, when senior Beau Allen was a standout at nose guard with Herring as the backup. Andersen said they were a good "1-2 punch" and a vital part of the Wisconsin defense.
Burlington was eliminated yesterday in the semi-finals of the Little League World Series' Great Lakes regional tournament in Indianapolis. Burlington fell to New Albany, Ind. 14-4 in four innings. Josh Castleman homered for the winners -- and he gave up four hits on the mound. Meanwhile, two central Wisconsin teams are in the Great Lakes Regional of the American Legion baseball tournament in Terre Haute, Indiana. Marshfield lost to Galesburg, Illinois 14-7 in yesterday's opener. Plover defeated the host Terre Haute 8-1. Eight teams are in the double-elimination regional.
Four ex-University of Wisconsin rowers will be a part of Team USA at the World Rowing Championships later this month. Wisconsin women's standouts Vicky Opitz and Grace Latz have been named to the squad, along with ex-Badgers Grant James and Andy Weiland. The world regatta is set for August 24th through September first in Amsterdam. Opitz made the U.S. team for the second straight time, after she helped the Americans win gold in the women's eight a year ago. Latz will make her first national appearance, competing in the quadruple sculls. James, who placed fourth in the men's eight in the 2012 Olympics, will be in the men's four this time. Weiland is on his second national team, but his first on the senior circuit. He'll be part of the men's lightweight eight, after he took seventh in the lightweight four at World Under-23 regatta in 2012.
SCOREBOARD In Major League Baseball... National League Central race... Milwaukee 3, San Francisco 1 Saint Louis 5, Boston 2 Pittsburgh 7, Miami 2 Cincinnati 4, Cleveland 0 In regional action... Chicago Cubs 6, Colorado 2 Oakland 3, Minnesota 0 Seattle 13, Chicago White Sox 3 New York Yankees 1, Detroit 0 In the Midwest League... Wisconsin 2, Peoria 1 in 11 innings, completion of suspended game Wisconsin 6, Peoria 1 in the scheduled game Beloit 4, Quad Cities 1 In the Northwoods League... Wisconsin 8, Duluth 5 Kenosha 3, Green Bay 2 La Crosse 15, Kalamazoo 12 Madison 13, Battle Creek 4 Wisconsin Rapids 6, Lakeshore 1 Willmar 11, Eau Claire 6