WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Reds edge Brewers despite rally
MILWAUKEE - Billy Hamilton hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning last night, as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 at Miller Park.
The Reds broke a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with a four-run rally, and Milwaukee scored four in the seventh to tie it. But the Crew couldn't get over the hump, as it lost its second game in its last six. Closer Francisco Rodriguez took the loss, and is now 2-2. Jonathan Broxton threw a scoreless eighth for the win. He's 2-0. Khris Davis belted a solo homer for Milwaukee. Todd Frazier had two hits and an RBI for the Reds. He also scored twice, as Cincinnati won its third in a row. Before the game, 58 former Brewers were honored for a host of accomplishments, as the team unveiled a new Wall-of-Honor along the left field outside wall at Miller Park. The Brewers will host Cincinnati again tonight.
Brewers' reliever Tom Gorzelanny was activated last night. He has missed the entire season for the Crew, after having a shoulder operation last winter. Gorzelanny had a pair of minor league rehab assignments over the last month at Class-"A" Brevard County and Triple-"A" Nashville. He had a 0.93 ERA in seven appearances at Nashville, with seven strikeouts in nine and two-thirds innings. Gorzelanny's return gives Milwaukee four left-handers in its bullpen. Also last night, Brewers' utility infielder Irving Falu was demoted to Triple-"A," and utility player Elian Herrera was called up in his place. To make room for Gorzelanny, Milwaukee sent outfielder Logan Schafer down to Nashville.
Thirty-six former Brewers returned to Miller Park yesterday, for the inaugural induction ceremony for the team's "Wall of Honor." The Wall recognizes long-time Brewers, as those who've made special accomplishments while wearing Milwaukee blue. Fifty-eight players, managers, and coaches qualify for the initial induction. The 36 players who are showing up today represent the largest gathering of Brewers' alumni in the team's 45-year history. Thirty-one players got together to see the team's final game at the old County Stadium in 2000.
Milwaukee Brewers' catcher Jonathan Lucroy now has the Major Leagues' second-highest batting average at .341. That's 15 points behind Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, and nine points ahead of Seattle's Robinson Cano. Lucroy is having an extremely hot June, with 16 hits in 36 at-bats for a .444 average this month. Brewers' skipper Ron Roenicke says Lucroy is "locked in, and he has been for quite a while." The manager calls his catcher's at-bats "outstanding."
Central Wisconsin native Jordan Zimmermann tossed a three-hitter last night, only to lose as his Washington Nationals dropped a 1-0 contest at Saint Louis. The former UW-Stevens Point right-hander from Auburndale walked one and struck out five. He created 17 ground-outs, and his only mistake was giving up a homer to Matt Adams in the second inning. Zimmermann is now 5-3. The Cardinals gained a game on Milwaukee in the standings. They now trail the first-place Brewers by four-and-a-half games in the National League Central.
Madison golfer Steve Stricker is tied for 20th going into today's third round of the U.S. Open. Stricker shot a one-over-par 71 yesterday at Pinehurst No. 2 in North Carolina. He's one-over-par for the tournament at 141, eleven strokes behind front-running Martin Kaymer. Kaymer -- the 2010 PGA titlist at Whistling Straits near Sheboygan -- set a 36-hole Open scoring record at 10-under-130. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson missed the cut, after shooting a plus-six yesterday with eight bogeys. He finished his two rounds at six-over-146.
Westosha Central will play Kimberly this evening for the Division 1 state high school softball championship at Goodman Field in Madison. Westosha stayed in the running for its second consecutive crown with a 4-1 semi-final victory over Hortonville last night. Kimberly advanced by blanking Germantown 15-0, as Megan Heist threw a no-hitter. Four title games will be played today. Oakfield and Cochrane-Fountain City kick things off in the Division 4 contest. Oakfield eliminated Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 6-4 in yesterday's semis, while Cochrane-Fountain City advanced with a 4-1 win over Ithaca. The Division 3 title game features Laconia and Arcadia this afternoon. Arcadia remained undefeated with a 1-0 semifinal win over Grantsburg. That game only had five hits, and Taylor Haines struck out 13 for Arcadia. Laconia earned its spot by blanking Mishicot 12-0. New London will play for its second straight title when it faces Mosinee this afternoon. Those two teams advanced on Thursday.
Milwaukee Marquette is still in the running for its eighth consecutive boys' state high school team tennis title. Marquette edged Middleton 4-3 in last night's Division 1 quarterfinals in Madison at the Nielsen Tennis Center. Today, Marquette faces Brookfield East in the D-1 semis. East advanced with a 7-0 shutout of Neenah. Eau Claire Memorial will take on Oregon in this morning's other D-1 semi. Memorial blanked Waukesha South 7-0 last night, while Oregon eliminated Stevens Point 4-3. Also today, the Division 2 tournament will begin with the semifinals. Defending champion Milwaukee University School faces Green Bay Notre Dame. And Madison Edgewood plays Eau Claire Regis. Title matches in both divisions are set for later this afternoon.
NASCAR driver Paul Menard of Eau Claire will start in the Number-five slot tomorrow in the Sprint Cup Quicken Loans-400 near Detroit. Menard had the top qualifying time among the Wisconsin drivers last night, with a one-lap speed of 203.040 miles an hour. Kevin Harvick won the pole with a track-record 204-point-557. Matt Kenseth of Cambridge did himself no favors, as he tries to overtake Jeff Gordon and return to the top spot in the Sprint Cup point standings. Kenseth qualified 21st, while Gordon earned the Number-two spot for tomorrow. Beloit-born Danica Patrick will start 27th. Travis Kvapil of Janesville got the 43rd-and-final spot.
University of Wisconsin senior Mohammed Ahmed placed fifth in the five-thousand-meters last night at the NCAA Division I track finals in Eugene, Oregon. Ahmed ran his final college race in 13:28.45 seconds, and he became only the second Badger to win All-American honors in two national distance events in the same year. Ahmed took third in the ten-thousand meters on Wednesday night. Also, Wisconsin senior Danny Block finished 18th in the discus. On the women's side, Badgers' freshman Georgia Ellenwood took 12th in the heptahlon. The Badgers are in fourth place in the men's team standings.
Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he lost eleven pounds during the off-season -- but it's not entirely true that yoga was the main reason. The 30-year-old Rodgers also credits a better diet, and a continued emphasis on working out. Rodgers is beginning his seventh season as the Packers' starter. He told separate Green Bay and Milwaukee newspaper interviews that he came into the current OTA practices weighing just under 220 pounds, after coming in at 230 last April. Rodgers says he's paying more attention to his health as age creeps in. He also vows to play smarter, in the wake of his broken collarbone from last November which kept him out for seven games until the regular season finale and the playoffs. Rodgers said one of the highlights of his career came after he was checked out in the locker room when he got hurt -- and the Lambeau crowd gave him a standing ovation when he returned to the field in street clothes.
The Milwaukee Bucks will open their NBA Summer League schedule on July 11th against Cleveland. The game is expected to feature the top two selections in the June 26th, since the Cavaliers have the No. 1 pick and Milwaukee the second. It's the first of a guaranteed five games for the Bucks in the Las Vegas portion of the Summer League. The first three contests were announced this morning, and the rest of the schedule will be in the form of a tournament. The Bucks' second contest will be July 13th against Phoenix. Game-Three is July 14th against Utah.
In regional Major League Baseball...
Cincinnati 6, Milwaukee 5
Chicago Cubs 2, Philadelphia 1
Minnesota 2, Detroit 0
Kansas City 7, Chicago White Sox 2
In the Midwest League...
Wisconsin 7, Quad Cities 0
Beloit 3, Kane County 2
In the Northwoods League...
Kenosha 3, Lakeshore 0
Wisconsin 5, Green Bay 3
Madison 4, Wisconsin Rapids 2
La Crosse 6, Battle Creek 1
Willmar 5, Eau Claire 3
At the WIAA state girls' high school softball tournament...
Division 1 semifinals
Westosha Central 4, Hortonville 1
Kimberly 15, Germantown 0
Division 3 semifinals
Laconia 12, Mishicot 0
Arcadia 1, Grantsburg 0
Division 4 semifinals
Oakfield 6, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 4
Cochrane-Fountain City 4, Ithaca 1
At the WIAA state boys' high school tennis tournament...
Division 1 quarterfinals
Eau Claire Memorial 7, Waukesha South 0
Oregon 4, Stevens Point 3
Milwaukee Marquette 4, Middleton 3
Brookfield East 7, Neenah 0