WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers' bats go cold again as Tampa Bay wins 5-1
The Milwaukee Brewers only mustered three hits for the second night in a row, as they lost at Tampa Bay 5-to-1. Fourteen of the Brewers' 27 outs came via the strikeout. Their only run came on a sacrifice fly from Scooter Gennett. It ruined another solid pitching performance from Matt Garza, who gave up a run on five hits in seven innings. He left when the game was tied at one. The Rays then scored four in the eighth. Ben Zobrist had the game-winning hit with a run-scoring double, after he hit a solo homer off Garza. Will Smith took the loss, falling to 1-and-3. Rays' starter Alex Cobb struck out a career-high 12 in eight innings, as he won his sixth start in a row. Cobb is now 7-and-6. Ex-Brewer Grant Balfour fanned two more in the ninth. Jonathan Lucroy had Milwaukee's first hit in the fourth inning. Aramis Ramirez singled and scored in the fifth. Gennett singled for the Crew's only other hit. Tampa's Yunel Escobar was ejected in the eighth when he kept yelling "What? What? What?" with his head down after plate umpire Bill Welke called strike one on him. Escobar slammed his helmet down after he was tossed. Tampa Bay has won eleven of its last 12. The Brewers have dropped three in a row and four-of-five. Pittsburgh has moved into second place in the N-L Central just one game behind the Crew, with Saint Louis a game-and-a-half back. Tampa and Milwaukee will close out their series today. David Price, the subject of trade rumors, was still scheduled to face Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo.
After a day off yesterday, the Green Bay Packers return to the field this morning for their fourth Training Camp practice. Third-year corner Casey Hayward has been one of the stand-outs on defense so far. He had six interceptions and 25 pass break-ups as a rookie -- but he struggled with repeated hamstring injuries a year ago, when he only had 87 snaps. This past winter, Hayward underwent a "dry needling" process that helped release scar tissue. He has also paid more attention to his hamstrings in the weight room. Last year, Hayward injured a hammie in personal workouts just before Training Camp. The same thing happened in a late August exhibition against Seattle, and last November against Philadelphia. His treatments have given Hayward a new infusion of confidence, saying he knows what kind of value he can give to the Packers.
Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen says both his players and coaches are excited about playing national powerhouse L-S-U on August 30th in Houston. At the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago, Andersen said the experience will give the Badgers an edge going into the rest of the season. He said the atmosphere will feel like a bowl game -- and he does not believe the match-up would ever have been scheduled in Madison. As the U-W and L-S-U talked about a two-game series, Andersen said it became apparent early on that they'd have to be played on a neutral field. He credits Badgers' athletic director Barry Alvarez for having an open mind on the matter. Houston gives more L-S-U alumni a chance to see their Tigers. The second game in the series is set for Lambeau Field in Green Bay in 2016. Although the fans would love to see the matchups at Camp Randall, Andersen says there's real value for the team in starting with a marquee game. Next year, Wisconsin opens against Alabama at A-T-and-T Stadium in Arlington Texas.
A linebacker from South Florida has given his verbal commitment to play for Wisconsin starting next fall. Dominic Sheppard of Miami chose the U-W over his home college and more than a dozen other schools that include Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Pitt.
Charlie Danielson of Osceola is tied for eighth place after the first round of stroke play at the Western Amateur in Chicago. Danielson shot a three-under-par 68 yesterday at the Beverly Country Club. Defending champion Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon is tied for 11th after shooting a two-under-69. Geoff Drakeford and Zechung Dou led the way at minus-six. The 156-player field will have another round of stroke play today. After that, the lowest 44 plus ties will play another 36 holes tomorrow to determine the 16 finalists who begin match play on Friday. The 115-year-old Western is the nation's top regional amateur tournament.