WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers coast to victory over Twins
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers ended a string of five straight losses to Minnesota, with a 6-to-2 victory over the Twins at Miller Park last night. The Brewers never trailed, as they scored two runs in the fourth inning and two more in the fifth before adding insurance runs in the seventh and eighth. Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and an R-B-I single. Mark Reynolds belted a two-run homer, as the Brewers have now won 5-of-6 overall. Matt Garza earned his first victory since May fifth, ending a personal four-game winless streak. He struck out eight in six-and-a-third scoreless innings, giving up six hits and two walks. Garza is now 3-and-4. Twins' starter Kyle Gibson took the loss, giving up four runs on six hits in six frames. He's now 4-and-5. Gibson also got his first big league hit with a single in the fifth. The Twins scored their two runs in each of the final two innings. Joe Mauer went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, and Josh Willingham went 2-for-2 with an R-B-I. The Brewers and Twins will play again tonight at Miller Park. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo faces Twins' righty Samuel Deduno.
Brewers' third baseman Aramis Ramirez completed his two-game rehab assignment with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers last night near Appelton. He did not bat in the completion of a suspended game from Sunday, which the Rattlers lost to Quad Cities 7-to-4. Ramirez went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in Wisconsin's regularly-scheduled game, a 4-to-3 victory over Quad Cities. He was 2-for-6 in his rehab stint, and he's due to return to the Brewers today. Assuming his left hamstring is okay, Ramirez could see action tonight against the Minnesota Twins at Miller Park. It's more likely he'll return as a designated hitter when the Brewers play the Twins in Minneapolis tomorrow and Thursday.
The Brewers' Double-"A" team in Huntsville Alabama has become the first in the minor leagues to clinch a post-season berth. The Stars lost to Jackson 9-to-4 in a rain-shortened contest last night -- but they still secured the first half title in the North Division of the Southern League, after Tennessee lost to Birmingham 10-to-5. This is the final season for the Stars in Huntsville. They'll play in Biloxi Mississippi next year. Milwaukee's Double-"A" team is 39-and-19. Stars' first baseman Nick Ramirez has helped lead the way with ten homers and 40 R-B-I's. Huntsville pitcher Tyler Cravy is 8-and-1 with a one-point-seven-six E-R-A.
Pewaukee native Mark Wilson will join Steve Stricker of Madison at this month's U-S Open golf tournament. Wilson -- one of two Wisconsin regulars on the P-G-A Tour this year -- qualified for the Open by placing fourth yesterday at a sectional in Columbus Ohio. He shot a pair of 69's in his 36-hole qualifier. The state's other touring regular, Jerry Kelly of Madison, was expected to play in Memphis -- but he was not listed in yesterday's results. Stricker, who's 17th in the World Golf Rankings, is on a limited schedule this year but was still exempt from qualifying for the Open -- which will be played at Pinehurst Number-Two in North Carolina beginning a week from Thursday. Eight other players with Wisconsin ties failed to qualify. Beaver Dam native and Asian tour player Dan Woltman missed the Open by three strokes at Roswell Georgia. Former Marquette standout Mike Van Sickle failed to qualify by four strokes in Rockville Maryland.
Wisconsin has eliminated the head coaching spot for women's track and cross country, leaving Mick Byrne in charge of both the women's-and-men's programs. The two were combined last summer, and U-W athletic director Barry Alvarez says a single head coach is the final step in becoming what he calls a "truly combined program." It means that Jim Stintzi leaves after 10 years of heading the women's program. Under his watch, 10 Badger women combined for 23 All-American first team honors. Five assistants will serve under Byrne to run the men's and women's track and cross country squads. There's one opening. The other assistants are Nate Davis, Kareen Jackson, Gavin Kennedy, and Dave Astrauskas.