WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers complete three-game sweep of Boston
BOSTON -- The Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep at Boston with a 4-to-nothing win yesterday. Yovani Gallardo improved to 2-and-0, and has not given up a run yet in 12-and two-thirds' innings. Gallardo gave up seven hits to the defending World Series champions, with no walks and three strikeouts. Red Sox starter Jon Lester fell to 0-and-2. He gave up four runs -- two earned -- on seven hits over seven-and-a-third innings. He struck out six, as the Red Sox lost their first three home games for the first time since 1984. Aramis Ramirez, Jeff Bianchi, and Mark Reynolds all had R-B-I singles for the Brewers, who became the first team to sweep an Interleague series at Boston since June of 2012. Ryan Braun returned from a thumb injury which kept him out Saturday. He went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Khris Davis also went 2-for-4, as The Crew's new left-fielder went 8-for-15 in the series with four doubles. Milwaukee pitchers now have a Major League-best one-point-four-five E-R-A through six games. The Brewers were scheduled to play at Philadelphia in the Phillies' home opener this afternoon -- but the decision was made yesterday to delay the game due to a rainy forecast. The game is now set for tomorrow.
The Wisconsin men's basketball team now looks forward to next season, after its one-point loss to Kentucky in the N-C-A-A national semi-finals. Bo Ryan's squad will return four starters -- Frank Kaminsky, Sam Dekker, Josh Gasser, and Traevon Jackson. Key reserves Bronson Koenig, Nigel Hayes, and Duje Dukan will also be back in the fall. Kaminsky, an all-Big Ten first team selection, only had eight points and five rebounds in his Final Four contest. He said Ryan told the team to put the loss in their memory banks and quote, "Keep it for the next year." Ryan's Badgers ended the year at 30-and-8 after a 16-and-0 start. The Badgers climbed to Number-three in the national polls at one point, and they played in their first Final Four since 2000.
Reedsburg native Saul Phillips will become the new men's basketball coach at Ohio University in Athens. The former Badgers' assistant was named yesterday to replace Jim Christian, who recently moved on to Boston College. Phillips will begin his second career head coaching position, after he led North Dakota State to a 134-and-84 record the past seven years. This season, the Bison went 26-and-7. They won a Summit League title and made it to the N-C-A-A's third round before falling to San Diego State. Phillips served under Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan for three seasons as the Badgers' director of basketball operations. He also played for Ryan at U-W Platteville, helping the Pioneers win a national Division-Three title in 1995.
In golf, Steve Stricker of Madison tied for 24th at the P-G-A's Shell Houston Open. He shot a one-under-par 71 in his final round yesterday, and finished at four-under 284 -- eleven strokes off the lead in regulation. Matt Jones was the winner, defeating Matt Kuchar in a playoff hole.
NASCAR's Duck Commander-500 race will be run today in Fort Worth Texas. It was postponed yesterday afternoon amid heavy rains. Wisconsin's Matt Kenseth will have some work to do, if he wants to compete for the top spot in the Sprint Cup season point standings. The Cambridge native is second behind Dale Earnhardt Junior. But Kenseth qualified 26th for today's event at the Texas Motor Speedway. Paul Menard of Eau Claire will start 13th, Beloit-born Danica Patrick 24th, and Travis Kvapil of Janesville 37th. The race is scheduled to begin at noon.