WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers' lead back up to 2.5 games
The Milwaukee Brewers have opened up a two-and-a-half game lead over both Saint Louis and Pittsburgh in the National League Central Division. The Brewers completed a three-game sweep of Cincinnati yesterday, with a 5-to-1 victory at Miller Park. Last night, the Cardinals lost their second straight game to Tampa Bay at home, 3-nothing -- and Pittsburgh moved into a tie for second with a 6-1 home victory over the L-A Dodgers. Cincinnati's loss dropped the fourth-place Reds to five-and-a-half games behind Milwaukee. Cincy took a 1-nothing lead in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly from Billy Hamilton. The Brewers scored two in the bottom of the fifth and never trailed after that. Ryan Braun legged out an infield single to drive in the game-winner. Mark Reynolds homered twice later on. Kyle Lohse got the win, giving up a run on four hits in six-and-two-thirds innings. He's now 11-and-4. Mike Leake took the loss, giving up four runs on 11 hits in six frames. He's 7-and-9. The Reds have lost six straight for the first time since May of 2011. The Brewers have a three-game winning streak for the first time since late June. They're now 4-and-2 after the All-Star break, and will open a four-game home series tonight against the New York Mets. Right-hander Matt Garza will face Mets' right-hander Dillon Gee.
Brewers' second baseman Scooter Gennett could miss a few more games with tightness in his right quadriceps. He's listed as day-to-day, after leaving Tuesday night's win over Cincinnati after four innings. Gennett first noticed the problem last weekend at Washington. He said he didn't feel the muscle grab him, but there was enough pain. Gennett said he could not remember any particular play that caused his trouble. He's been on a platoon this season with Rickie Weeks, who's starting in his place.
Wisconsin NASCAR truck racer Johnny Sauter finished eighth last night at the second annual Car-Cash Mud-Summer Classic in Rossburg Ohio. It was a much better finish than a year ago for Sauter. The Necedah native wiped out three-fourths of the way through the inaugural Car-Cash event, which was NASCAR's first dirt track race in 43 years. Darrell Wallace Junior was last night's winner. He led for the final 97 laps of the 150-lap contest. Sauter remains third in the Camping World Truck Series' season point standings, ten points off the pace. Ryan Blaney moved into first last night, and Matt Crafton fell to second.
Robbie Ziegler still leads the State Amateur golf tournament, despite shooting a seven-over-par 77 in his third round yesterday in Mequon. The U-W Madison assistant men's golf coach thought he blew the lead he held during the first two rounds -- but only two players shot plus-two or less, thus letting Ziegler preserve a three-stroke lead going into today's final round at Ozaukee Country Club. Ziegler is at four-over-214 through 54 holes. Mitchell Johnson of Middleton and Tyler Schmude of Horicon are tied for second at 217. Cousins Zach and Alex Gaugert are tied for fourth at 218.
Chippewa Falls golfer Thomas Longbella was eliminated yesterday at the U-S Junior Amateur tournament in Texas. Longbella lost to Cole Madey of Oregon 3-and-2 in the first Match Play round. Longbella qualified for the Round-of-64 by placing 28th in stroke play earlier in the week. Madey will play Will Grimmer of Cincinnati this morning in the Round-of-32.
Things will heat up at Lambeau Field today, when stockholders of the Green Bay Packers will get together for their annual meeting. A number of the 352-thousand share-holders normally tailgate in the parking lot before the meeting begins. Board members will be elected, and the team's financial report will be spelled out. General manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy normally give their assessments of the upcoming season. They'll also get to see the newest improvements at Lambeau -- including the relocated Harlan Plaza and the new Packer Pro Shop. Tomorrow, the players will start reporting to camp. The first official Training Camp practice is set for Saturday morning