WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers blow a 5-1 lead, now 1-7 in their last eight games
MILWAUKEE -- Lyle Overbay hit a grand slam, but it wasn't enough as the Milwaukee Brewers lost again to Philadelphia, 9-to-7 at Miller Park. Wily Peralta lost his first game in seven starts, giving up nine runs on eight hits in four-and-a-third innings with three walks and four strikeouts. Peralta ia now 9-and-6, as the Crew continues its worst slump of the season in dropping 7-of-8. Kyle Kendrick got the win despite giving up seven runs on 11 hits in five-and-two-thirds' frames. He's 4-and-8. Jonathan Papelbon got his second save in as many nights, and his 21st of the year. The Brewers scored all their runs on homers. Mark Reynolds had a two-run blast, and Scooter Gennett hit a solo shot. Overbay's four-bagger gave Milwaukee a 5-to-1 lead in the first inning, which disappeared in the second when the Phillies scored five times to lead for good. Dominic Brown and Chase Utley each drove in three runs for Philly, and Brown belted his first homer since June 14th. Philadelphia has now won two straight, after winning just three of their previous 16. Milwaukee lost despite out-hitting Philly 13-to-10. Ryan Braun sat out with more back pain. The Brewers lost more ground in the National League Central. They still lead the division by three games over Saint Louis, but fourth-place Pittsburgh is only four-and-a-half back. Milwaukee will host the Phillies again tonight. Right-hander Kyle Lohse starts against Phils' righty Roberto Hernandez.
The Brewers' top brass is talking about bringing up Triple-"A" starter Jimmy Nelson. Manager Ron Roenicke says there have been "a lot of discussions" internally about promoting Milwaukee's top pitching prospect. Nelson is 10-and-2 at Nashville with a one-point-four-six E-R-A in 17 games, and 114 strikeouts in 111 innings. He currently has a streak of 22 scoreless frames. Nelson also won a game for the Brewers in late May, in a spot start for then-injured Yovani Gallardo. Nelson threw five-and-two-thirds scoreless innings in that contest, to get his first Major League win. Roenicke says Nelson has shown that he's ready to take on the challenge -- and that's why there's been so much talk about bringing him up to Milwaukee. It's possible that Nelson could replace Marco Estrada either before or after the All-Star break. Estrada is 7-and-6 with a four-point-nine-six E-R-A, and has given up 27 homers -- by far the most in the Majors. Roenicke says Nelson will be brought up when the timing is right.
The Milwaukee Bucks have their first-round draft choice under contract. The Journal Sentinel says forward Jabari Parker will get a four-year rookie deal worth 22-point-three million dollars. That's the maximum 120-percent of the N-B-A's slotted amount. There are also team options for the third-and-fourth years, which are standard for the league's rookies. Parker, the Number-two overall draft pick from last month, will reportedly make four-point-nine million dollars in his rookie year -- the fifth-highest salary on a young Milwaukee team. The Bucks' first-and-second year players started practicing in Las Vegas yesterday for a five-game N-B-A Summer League schedule which begins on Friday night against Cleveland.
It's a busy July for Jordan Niebrugge (nee-broo-ge) of Mequon. He's coming off a second-place finish at the Northeast Amateur tournament. Tomorrow, the 20-year-old Niebrugge will play in his first P-G-A Tour event -- the John Deere Classic in the Quad Cities. He was given a sponsor's exemption for that. Next week, Niebrugge defends his 2013 title at the final U-S Amateur Public Links tournament in Newton Kansas. It was the first of three titles Niebrugge won in three weeks last summer. He's also defending his crowns in the other two -- the State Amateur starting July 21 near Milwaukee, and the Western Amateur starting July 28th in Chicago. It's a grueling schedule for any golfer. If he needs a break, his father Rod said his son might skip the State Amateur. In early August, Niebrugge will compete in the U-S Amateur, and then it's off to Oklahoma State to start his junior year in college.