WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP:Cubs shutout Brewers 8-0
MILWAUKEE - The Chicago Cubs shut out the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park for the second time this season, with an 8-nothing rout yesterday.
Jason Hammel was the starter both times for the last-place Cubs. He's now 5-0 all-time against the Brewers, after he struck out eight in seven innings while giving up the only four hits Milwaukee had on the day. That ended the Crew's streak of nine games with ten hits or more, which had tied a team record set in 1983 and 2011. Hammel improved to 6-and-3 overall. Wily Peralta took the loss. He's now 4-5 overall, and 0-4 in his last five starts, after being tagged for six runs on five hits and a pair of walks in five-and-two-thirds innings. Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of two-run homers for Chicago, which snapped a three-game losing streak. Scooter Gennett had two hits for Milwaukee, which broke a three-game winning string. Carlos Gomez ended a ten-game hitting streak, while Khris Davis extended his streak to nine games by going 1-for-3. The Brewers will close out their three-game set against the Cubs this afternoon. Right-hander Kyle Lohse faces Cubs' righty Jeff Samardzija.
The Brewers will have the 12th pick in the first round when the Major League Draft begins on Thursday night. That sounds low, but Brewers' scouting director Bruce Seid (side) says he doesn't mind. That's because a high pick indicates that a team is not playing well at the Major League level -- and unlike the football and basketball drafts, immediate help in the baseball draft is almost never available. Seid says Milwaukee has not had a Top-ten pick in several years -- and that's fine with him. As it is, the Brewers have their highest pick in several years after struggling to a 74-88 record last year. Seid says this year's draft is especially deep in pitching, but teams will have to be extremely careful with their selections. Two of this year's previous top picks -- starters Erick Fedde of Nevada-Las Vegas and Jeff Hoffman of East Carolina -- recently had Tommy John elbow reconstructive surgery.
Steve Stricker of Madison is tied for 20th going into today's final round of the PGA's Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio. Stricker shot a two-under-par 70 in his third round yesterday. He's now five-under for the tournament at 211 -- seven strokes in back of the leader, Bubba Watson. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson is tied for 60th. He shot a two-over-74 yesterday, and he's at plus-one 217 for the tournament.
Rhinelander native Dan Forsman is tied for 65th at the Principal Charity Classic on the PGA Champions Tour. Forsman shot a three-over-par 75 in his second round yesterday in Des Moines, Iowa. He's now at two-over-146. Doug Garwood has the lead at 11-under.
Wisconsin NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth took fourth yesterday in the Nationwide Series' Buckle-Up-200 at Dover, Delaware. He was the only Wisconsin driver in the event, as he gears up for today's Sprint Cup Fed-Ex 400. Kyle Busch won yesterday's race, after winning the Camping World Truck Series' event on Friday night. Busch goes for a weekend sweep today in NASCAR's top circuit. Kenseth -- who's second in the Sprint Cup point standings -- starts 21st this afternoon. Paul Menard of Eau Claire starts 15th, and Beloit-born Danica Patrick 28th.
Tomahawk native Alyssa Lampe made the U.S. women's wrestling team for the fourth time, by beating Victoria Anthony in a best-of-three series at the World Team Trials last night in Madison. The two traded victories before Lampe won the deciding match, 6-0. The trials wrap up today at the Alliant Energy Center. Wrestlers are competing for spots on Team USA at this year's World meet.
Three University of Wisconsin athletes advanced yesterday to the NCAA Division I outdoor track meet, along with one athlete from UW-Milwaukee. Senior Mohammed Ahmed advanced in the men's five-thousand meters, after placing fourth in his heat at the West Regional in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Ahmed had advanced in the ten-thousand-meters on Thursday night. Badgers' senior Danny Block finished tenth in the men's discus to move on to the nationals. Also, Milwaukee's Durell Busby made the nationals by placing eighth overall in the 110-meter hurdles at the regionals. On the women's side, Wisconsin sophomore Molly Hanson placed second in her heat of the 1500 meters to make the national field. The NCAA finals begin June 11th in Eugene, Oregon.
In rowing, two University of Wisconsin men's boats will compete in the today's grand finals at the IRA National Championships in West Windsor, New Jersey. The Badgers' varsity-four advanced with a third-place finish in their semifinal yesterday. The freshman-eight boat made the finals by placing second behind Cornell in a repechage. On the women's side, the Badgers' lightweight-eight won its heat yesterday to advance to today's grand final at West Windsor. The varsity lightweight-eight placed second in a repechage to make today's grand final in that event. At the NCAA women's regatta in Indianapolis, the Wisconsin varsity-eight will compete in a third-level final today, going for overall places 13th-through-18th after placing second in a semi-final yesterday. The Badgers' second varsity eight won its semi to advance to its third-level final. The varsity-four will be in its petite final today after a fifth-place semi-final finish yesterday.
In Major League Baseball...
Chicago Cubs 8, Milwaukee 0
San Diego 4, Chicago White Sox 2
New York Yankees 3, Minnesota 1
Seattle 3, Detroit 2
In the Midwest League...
Beloit 6, Clinton 5 in 10 innings
Quad Cities 4, Wisconsin 3
In the Northwoods League...
Wisconsin 6, Madison 0
Green Bay 7, La Crosse 0
Eau Claire 4, Waterloo 3
Lakeshore 6, Battle Creek 2
Kalamazoo 14, Wisconsin Rapids 7
Mankato 11, Kenosha 7 in 11 innings