WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers blanked by Mets; lead still at two games
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers still have a two-game division lead, after splitting four with the New York Mets. The Crew was shut out yesterday, 2-nothing at Miller Park. Lucas Duda homered in the sixth inning with a man on for the game's only scoring. Jimmy Nelson gave up that blast. It was his only mistake in seven frames in which he gave up five hits and struck out six. Nelson also earned his first Major League hit as he dropped to 1-and-2. Jacob deGrom threw six-and-a-third scoreless innings for the Mets, giving up four hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts. DeGrom won his fourth start in a row, fanning 30 in that stretch as he improved to 5-and-5. The Brewers put up a slight threat in the bottom of the ninth, getting two singles off Mets' closer Jenrry Mejia. But Lyle Overbay grounded out to end the game, and Mejia earned his 15th save. Khris Davis and Jean Segura each had a pair of hits as the Milwaukee offense churned out only six singles and nothing for extra bases. Duda homered three times in his four Miller Park outings and drove in six runs. The Brewers are now two games up on second-place Saint Louis in the National League Central, three ahead of Pittsburgh, and six up on Cincinnati. Milwaukee now hits the road for a three-game Interleague series at Tampa Bay starting tonight. Right-hander Kyle Lohse starts against former Brewers' prospect Jake Odorizzi.
Wisconsin NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth placed fourth yesterday at the Brickyard event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jeff Gordon pulled away in a re-start with 16 laps to go, to win the Crown Royal-John Wayne Walding-400. It was Gordon's 90th career victory, third-highest of all-time, and he remains the Sprint Cup Series' leader. Kenseth is still fourth in the standings with 661 points, 56 behind Gordon. Paul Menard of Eau Claire dropped five places to 16th in the point totals, after he struggled to a 34th-place finish at Indy. Juan Pablo Montoya's car struck Menard in the left rear early in the race. Menard's crew chief, Slugger Labbe, was upset afterward, saying it might have cost the Eau Claire driver a spot in the season-ending Chase for the Sprint Cup. He called Montaya's move "stupid." Travis Kvapil of Janesville was 39th. Beloit-born Danica Patrick dropped out with 46 laps left after her car had a rear-gear problem. She placed 42nd on the day, and fell one place for the year to 28th. Kvapil remains 39th.
The Green Bay Packers' first-round draft choice will not be automatically penciled into the starting lineup, as many had projected on Draft Day. Safety Ha Ha Clinton Dix worked with the second unit during the first weekend of Packer Training Camp. Micah Hyde took all the snaps with the Number-One defense in both days of workouts. The players did not wear pads either day, but Hyde still looked impressive as he jumped high to break up a 50-plus-yard pass from Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson in yesterday's session. Hyde says his immediate goal is to earn a starting spot next to safety Morgan Burnett for the Packers' regular season opener at Seattle on September fourth. Linebacker Jamari Lattimore sat out yesterday's workout with a stomach illness. The Packers will be in pads for the first time at Training Camp this morning.
In golf, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman tied for 16th at the Senior British Open in Wales. Forsman shot a one-under-par 70 in his fourth-and-final round yesterday, to finish plus-five at 289. Bernhard Langer was the runaway winner. He went 18-under, with a 13-stroke victory over second-place Colin Montgomerie.
Madison golfer Jerry Kelly tied for 66th at R-B-C Canadian Open. Kelly shot a two-over-par 72 in his final round yesterday at the Royal Montreal course. He finished at two-over-282. Tim Clark won the tournament at minus-17.