WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers' lead still at one game as both Brewers and Cards lose
The Milwaukee Brewers are still hanging onto a one-game division lead, despite losing to San Francisco 7-to-4 last night at Miller Park. The Giants scored three runs in the first inning and never trailed after that. Yovani Gallardo retired just one batter before ending his string of 17 scoreless frames. He lasted four innings, giving up four runs on nine hits with four walks and four strikeouts. The loss dropped Gallardo to 6-and-6 on the year, and 6-and-4 lifetime against San Francisco. Ryan Vogelsong, allowed one run in six innings, giving up seven hits with a walk and three "K's." The win improved his mark to 7-and-8. Pablo Sandoval went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and a run-scoring single, as the Giants out-hit Milwaukee 14-13 to win their fifth game in their last seven. Carlos Gomez homered for the second straight night, and Khris Davis also went yard for the Brewers. Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run single which got the Crew to within one run in the seventh. The Giants scored three more in the eighth to pull away, as the Brewers dropped their third game in their last four. Saint Louis also lost last night, so Milwaukee keeps its one-game lead over the Cardinals in the National League Central. Third-place Pittsburgh moved to within a game-and-a-half, and Cincinnati is within four after both those teams were victorious. The Brewers and Giants close out their series this afternoon. Right-hander Wily Peralta will start for the Crew against Giants' right-hander Jake Peavy.
The Lakeshore Chinooks clinched the second half title in the Northwoods League with a 2-to-1 home victory over the Wisconsin Woodchucks last night. Brant Valach drove in both runs for the Chinooks, who won the South Division crown in both halves. That means the second-place team will get the division's final playoff spot after this weekend -- and the Woodchucks still have a half-game lead over Kenosha for that spot, after the Kingfish also lost last evening. In the North Division, Waterloo still holds a half-game lead over three other teams -- including Willmar, the first half champion in the North. The playoffs take place next week, with four teams squaring off in the divisional finals.
Wisconsin will have four golfers -- including two club pros -- in the P-G-A Championship which begins this morning at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville. Of course, the world's top golfers will appear in the year's final major, including Steve Stricker of Madison. He has a 12:25 tee time with Tom Watson and Sergio Garcia in his three-some. Ryan Helminen of Menasha starts at 8:20 with Kevin Streelman and Edoardo Molinari of Italy. Helminen is the teaching pro at Ridgeway in Neenah. He and Hudson club pro Dave Tentis earned their spots by finishing in the Top-20 in this summer's P-G-A Professional National Championship. Tentis opens his fifth P-G-A major with a 12:10 tee time. He'll play with Danny Willett and Fabrizio Zanotti. Tentis lives in Woodbury Minnesota, and is the head pro at the Troy Byrne Golf Club in Hudson. Tour regular Jerry Kelly of Madison is also part of the field. He'll start his opening round at 1:10 this afternoon with Tommy Fleetwood and Hideo Tanihara.
Derek Sherrod and Lane Taylor both say they're ready to step up as the prime back-ups on the Green Bay Packers' offensive line. That's after coach Mike McCarthy confirmed yesterday that Don Barclay tore an A-C-L ligament in his right knee at Tuesday's practice. He's most likely out for the season, after filling in for the injured Bryan Bulaga since late in 2012. Bulaga's back, but the Packers will certainly need key reserves when any of their five starting linemen get hurt. Barclay was ready to be the main backup at the four guard and tackle slots. Sherrod, a first-round draft choice in 2011, has not played much since he broke his leg in December of his rookie year at Kansas City. He and Taylor only combined for 20 snaps last season, during Taylor's first year as an undrafted acquisition by the Pack. Meanwhile, outside linebacker Clay Matthews says he'll be ready to start in Saturday night's exhibition opener at Tennessee. Matthews said yesterday he felt good about his surgically-repaired thumb -- even though it's still not at 100-percent yet.
A physical corner on the Wisconsin football team is being tried out as an inside linebacker for passing downs. D'Cota Dixon, a freshman from Oak Hill Florida, has gotten a lot of work inside during the first three days of the Badgers' pre-season camp in Madison. Assistant Bill Busch says he's impressed with what he sees so far from the 5-10, 206-pound Dixon. Meanwhile, tight end T-J Watt left yesterday's practice with an apparent right knee injury suffered during a drill. The red-shirt freshman hurt the opposite knee a year ago, and he still wears a brace for it. Three quarterbacks practiced in the afternoon session yesterday -- Tanner McEvoy, Bart Houston, and Connor Senger. McEvoy threw a 63-yard touchdown pass during a 7-on-7 play. He also threw a pair of interceptions.
Former long-time Wisconsin men's track coach Ed Nuttycombe will be inducted into the coaches' association's Hall of Fame. He'll join five others in a ceremony December 15th in Phoenix. Nuttycombe led the Badgers to 26 Big Ten indoor-and-outdoor track titles over 30 seasons before he retired last year. Also, former Wisconsin men's hockey coach Jeff Sauer and Badgers' skater Brian Rafalski will be inducted December fourth into the U-S Hockey Hall of Fame. Sauer coached the Badgers to a pair of N-C-A-A titles. Rafalski starred for the U-W before becoming a three-time N-H-L Stanley Cup champion, and a three-time Olympian. Also being honored is River Falls native Karen Bye Dietz, who was part of the U-S Olympic gold-medal women's hockey team in 1998.