WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers ending season on a high note
The Milwaukee Brewers have won four of their last five, after beating the Mets in New York 4-2 last night. The Crew scored all its runs in the second inning. Scooter Gennett capped off the rally with a two-run single. Johnny Hellweg had another rough outing. He gave up a run on two hits in four innings -- but he hit two batters, threw a wild pitch, and walked four. Hellweg, the pitcher-of-the-year in the Triple-"A" Pacific Coast League, only threw 37-of-80 pitches for strikes. He hit Mets' All-Star David Wright in the helmet. Wright left the game, and passed his concussion tests. Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke says Hellweg has a long way to go to get his control in check. In eight starts for Milwaukee this season, he walked 40 batters in 30 and two-thirds innings, with a 1-and-4 record and a six-point-seven-five E-R-A. Alfredo Figaro got the win with two innings of scoreless relief. He's 3-and-3. Jim Henderson allowed a solo homer to Josh Satin in the ninth, but still picked up his 27th save. Dillon Gee went six innings and took the loss. He's 12-and-11 this year, and 0-and-3 lifetime against the Brewers. The Mets went 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Like Milwaukee, the Mets are playing out the string well below .500. The two teams will play again tonight at Citi Field. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will face Mets' right-hander Carlos Torres.
Outfielders Carlos Gomez of Milwaukee and Reed Johnson of Atlanta were each suspended for one game by Major League Baseball for Wednesday night's bench-clearing brawl. Gomez served his suspension last night, during the Brewers' two-run victory over the Mets in New York. He again apologized and said he acted unprofessionally when he mouthed off to Braves' starter Paul Maholm and his infield, after hitting a monster home run in the first inning. Gomez originally said it was his only chance to get back at Maholm for plunking him during a game in June. Gomez could have appealed the suspension, but said he didn't want to drag it out into next year. Brewers' third baseman Aramis Ramirez twisted a knee during the pushing-and-shoving. He sat out last night's game, and said he might have to miss Milwaukee's final three games. Ramirez said he didn't want to end the season like this.
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig has confirmed reports from yesterday that he'll retire at the end of his current term on January 24th of 2015. He'll be 80 then. Selig, a former Brewers' owner, was going to retire twice before but he accepted two extensions from team owners. He said no such thing would happen this time. Quote, "This is it. It's done. It's over." Selig was named baseball's interim commissioner in 1992 and won the job permanently in '98. When he retires, he will have served more than 22 years -- longer than any commissioner except Kenesaw Mountain Landis. Current Brewers' owner Mark Attanasio said there would be no baseball in Milwaukee without Selig -- and the same might be true in other small markets without the economic changes that Selig imposed. Selig's family bought the former Seattle Pilots and moved them to Milwaukee in 1970. They sold the team to Attanasio in 2005.
The Ohio State offense will have a lot to throw at Wisconsin's defense tomorrow night in Columbus. The fourth-ranked Buckeyes have two solid quarterbacks in Braxton Miller and Kenny Guiton -- three running backs with at least six yards per carry -- and a pair of receivers who've scored a combined seven touchdowns this season. One of those wideouts, Devin Smith, caught a 40-yard pass from Miller to beat the Badgers in 2011. Smith, a junior, has 14 career touchdown catches with an average of 41-and-a-half yards. Wisconsin senior linebacker Chris Borland figures that the key is to stop Ohio State from running the ball when they want. The Buckeyes average 311 rushing yards a game, second in the Big Ten. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda says he's working on packages that can be well-rounded enough to move quickly from one set of calls with one quarterback to another set with the other quarterback. Ohio State is 4-and-0 going into its Big Ten opener. Wisconsin won its conference opener last week against Purdue, and is 3-and-1 overall.
The Milwaukee Bucks have added four players to the roster for their training camp which begins next week. Former Marquette guard Junior Cadougan is among those signing non-guaranteed contracts for the month -- along with Milwaukee native Trey McKinney Jones, a guard from the University of Miami -- N-B-A veteran guard Stephen Graham -- and forward Olek Czyz. Cadougan played for the Bucks' Summer League team in Las Vegas in July, where he averaged eight-and-a-half points and three assists. McKinney Jones is sixth all-time at Miami in three-point shooting percentage at 38-and-a-half. The 31-year-old Graham has played 239 N-B-A games for Indiana, Charlotte, and the Nets. Czyz played in the Italian League last season. The Bucks will have 19 players when they open camp on Tuesday.
The Marquette women's soccer team won its Big East Conference opener last night, 2-to-1 at Creighton. Liz Bartels scored the game winning goal in the 57th minute. Cara Jacobson also scored for Marquette, which improved to 8-and-3 overall.