WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers, Cardinals share first again after both lose Sunday
WASHINGTON -- The Milwaukee Brewers are again tied for first in the National League Central Division. The Crew dropped to second place for the first time since April 5th, after losing at Washington yesterday 5-to-4. Saint Louis held the division lead for a few hours, before losing last night to the L-A Dodgers 4-to-3. That means the Brewers and Cards are tied again, with third-place Pittsburgh only a game-and-a-half back, and fourth-place Cincinnati two-and-a-half out. The Reds open a three-game series at Milwaukee tonight, and a sweep would move Cincy ahead of the Brewers. The Crew lost 2-of-3 in its first series since the All-Star break. Manager Ron Roenicke blamed yesterday's loss on two key mistakes in the ninth inning. Rickie Weeks was thrown out at third base on a double-steal attempt. And Milwaukee blew a chance to move ahead after Weeks singled home a run to tie the game at four. In the bottom of the ninth, Brewers' left fielder Khris Davis overthrew his cut-off man -- which allowed the winning to score on a walk-off double from Jayson Werth. Rob Wooten took the loss in relief. He's 1-and-4. Rafael Soriano got the win, despite giving up the game-tying run in the ninth. He's 2-and-0. Weeks, Davis, Jonathan Lucroy, and Carlos Gomez all drove home runs for Milwaukee, which has lost 13 of its last 16 games. Right-hander Wily Peralta will start tonight against Cincinnati right-hander Mat Latos.
The Milwaukee Bucks have acquired a fourth point guard. Kendall Marshall was claimed off waivers during the weekend, after the Los Angeles Lakers cut him on Friday. The 22-year-old Marshall started 45 games for the Lakers last season, averaging eight points and nine assists in a total of 54 contests. He was third in the N-B-A last year with an assist-to-turnover ratio of three-point-one-eight. In Milwaukee, Marshall will have a familiar teammate. He and Bucks' forward John Henson played together at North Carolina. They were drafted back-to-back in 2012, as Marshall was taken 13th in the first round by L-A before Henson went to Milwaukee in the 14-slot. The Bucks' other point guard candidates are Brandon Knight, Jerryd Bayless, and second-year pro Nate Wolters.
The Green Bay Packers will hold their first training camp practice on Saturday. Among other things, the team expects a solid running game despite the loss of Johnathan Franklin. He suffered a career-ending neck injury last fall and had just 62 snaps in his rookie season. Second-year pro Eddie Lacy leads the Green Bay running contingent. The N-F-L's offensive rookie-of-the-year was eighth in the league last season with 11-hundred-78 rushing yards. James Starks had his first year without a major injury, and DuJuan Harris is back after sitting out last season with a bad knee. New running backs coach Sam Gash says he's lucky to have a group as solid as this one. And that includes fullback John Kuhn -- a strong blocker who never let a defender get to the quarterback in 325 snaps a year ago. Kuhn will be 32 in September.
The State Amateur golf tournament begins today in Mequon, and the top two players from a year ago won't be there -- defending champion Jordan Niebrugge and Charlie Danielson. The 20-year-old Niebrugge from Mequon is taking a rest. That's after he tied for 27th at the P-G-A's John Deere Classic and then made it to the Round-of-16 at last week's U-S Amateur Public Links Championship. Niebrugge is resting up for next week's Western Amateur in Chicago, where he won the title a year ago. Danielson, of Osceola, is also sitting out after making the Round-of-32 at the Public Links tourney. That opens the door for 168 others this week. Among the main contenders are state Match Play champion Josh Udelhofen, U-S Amateur qualifiers Nick Nelson and Brandon Cloete, public links contestant Kyle Henning, and Jake Wisniewski -- who won the Ray Fischer tournament at Janesville this month. The State Amateur runs through Thursday at Ozaukee Country Club.