WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers break a losing streak to Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH -- The Milwaukee Brewers ended a five-game losing streak to Pittsburgh with a 7-to-6 victory last night at P-N-C Park. Aramis Ramirez fell a triple short of the cycle by going 4-for-5 with four R-B-I’s. Ramirez hit a two-run double and his 350th career homer, in his best game since coming off knee problems that he’s had for most of the season. Milwaukee broke a 6-6 tie in the eighth when pinch-hitter Caleb Gindl hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored Yuniesky Betancourt, who had doubled. The Brewers almost blew a 5-nothing lead in the fifth, when Norichika Aoki tried making a running catch in right with two out and dropped the ball. That led to four Pittsburgh runs, including a three-run blast by Neil Walker that almost landed in the Allegheny River. Rob Wooten got the win in relief, improving to 3-and-0. Jim Henderson stranded two runners in the ninth for his 22nd save. He broke a team record by getting a save in his 12th consecutive appearance, topping Trevor Hoffman’s old mark from 2009. Brewers’ outfielder Khris Davis ended his 11-game hitting streak by going 0-for5. Pedro Alvarez hit his National League-leading 32nd homer for Pittsburgh, which has lost three straight. The Brewers and Pirates will play again tonight. Former Pirates left-hander Tom Gorzelanny will start against right-hander Charlie Morton.
Pittsburgh has fallen a game-and-a-half behind first-place Saint Louis in the National League Central Division. The Pirates have dropped 11-of-their-last-17 games after losing to the Brewers last night. The Pirates strengthened their roster earlier yesterday by acquiring a pair of veterans from the New York Mets – outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck. The Pirates gave cash to the Mets along with minor league infielder Dilson Herrera and a player-to-be-named later. Byrd and Buck are both expected to be available for the Pirates tonight when they host Milwaukee. Byrd, who turns 36 on Friday, was leading the Mets in homers with 21, with a batting average of .285. Buck started the year strong but has cooled off since then. He’s hitting .215 with 15 homers and 60 R-B-I’s.
The Green Bay Packers reached their mid-week N-F-L roster limit of 75 players by putting four players on injured reserve, and four others on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Running back DuJuan Harris was the most notable cut yesterday. He was put on injured reserve with a patellar tendon knee injury. Harris is out for the year, after he aggravated a previous injury in Friday night’s exhibition loss to Seattle. Coach Mike McCarthy says Harris will have knee surgery. That makes rookie Eddie Lacy the Packers’ starting running back, going into their exhibition finale tomorrow night at Kansas City. Tackle Bryan Bulaga was also placed on the I-R with his torn knee ligament – along with receiver Kevin Dorsey with a toe injury and linebacker Jarvis Reed with a bad ankle. Tackle Derek Sherrod went on the “PUP” list along with offensive lineman J-C Tretter, defensive end Jerel Worthy, and safety Sean Richardson. They can return after Week-6, and the Packers will then have five weeks to decide whether to bring them back.
Wisconsin will open its football season on Saturday against a Massachusetts team that went 1-and-11 last year, after it moved up to a Bowl Subdivision schedule for the first time. Charley Molnar is starting his second year as the Minutemen’s head coach. He says his team is clearly a construction project. Twenty-of-the-24 freshmen he signed in February are expected to play this fall. John Bond is the new offensive coordinator for U-Mass, replacing Mike Kruczek who stepped down after last season. Massachusetts only averaged about 13 points a game in 2012, and just under 90 rushing yards. Redshirt sophomore Mike Wegzyn is the U-Mass quarterback. He threw six touchdown passes and 16 interceptions in 11 starts a year ago. Former Badgers’ assistant Phil Elmassian runs a Minuteman defense that gave up 26 touchdown passes last season.
Former L-P-G-A women’s golf standout Sherri Steinhauer from Madison has occasionally been playing on the Legends’ senior tour this year. She was in the Top-10 in all five of her starts, and she has won twice – including the Wendy’s Charity Challenge in Jackson Michigan just over two weeks ago. The 50-year-old Steinhauer retired from the L-P-G-A in 2011, after a stellar career which included victories in two majors and four Solheim Cup appearances. Now, Steinhauer spends a lot of time riding horses on a farm in New York State, and competing when she has the urge. She’s expected to play in about 10 Legends’ Tour events this year.