WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers lose in extras to San Diego
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers snapped a four-game winning streak with a 2-to-1 home loss to San Diego in 12 innings last night. Chase Headley hit the game-winning homer. It was a 447-foot blast to right-center off Alfredo Figaro, who was in his third inning of relief and lost his first decision after being called up from Triple-"A" on Monday. Rookie Donn Roach earned his first Major League victory with two scoreless relief frames. He's now 1-and-0. Huston Street pitched a one-two-three 12th inning for his seventh save. The Padres scored their only other run on a squeeze bunt from starter Ian Kennedy. Scooter Gennett homered for Milwaukee's only tally. The Brewers' offense continued to struggle at home, as they went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. They've scored just 26 runs in 11 Miller Park games. Manager Ron Roenicke expects his team to snap out of that slump, noting that Miller is a good park for hitters. The Brewers are now 6-and-5 at home, and 9-and-1 on the road. They'll play the rubber game of their series against the Padres tonight. Right-hander Kyle Lohse starts for the Crew against right-hander Tyson Ross.
The Brewers say Pittsburgh Pirates' starter Gerrit Cole should have got suspended yesterday -- joining two players on each team who were punished in the wake of their bench-clearing brawl on Sunday. Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke said the suspensions were not fair because quote, "The guy who started it all got nothing." He said Brewers' G-M Doug Melvin feels the same way. Milwaukee catcher Martin Maldonado was given a five-game suspension by Major League Baseball for punching Pittsburgh's Travis Snider, who got two games. Brewers' outfielder Carlos Gomez, who tripled and then swung his helmet after Cole had words with him, got three games. Pirates' catcher Russell Martin was suspended one game. All four were fined undisclosed amounts. E-S-P-N said Maldonado was fined 25-hundred dollars. All the involved players except Maldonado appealed their punishments, so they're still playing for now. Gomez said his suspension was unfair, and all he did was respond to Cole and others who were screaming at him. Maldonado accepted his suspension. Jonathan Lucroy is catching the next five games, with an off-day tomorrow. Utility player Elian Herrera will be the backup catcher if needed.
Brewers' pitching prospect Johnny Hellweg has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow. The right-hander is seeking a second opinion from specialist James Andrews on whether he'll need Tommy John reconstructive surgery. If he gets the operation, it would sideline Hellweg for 12-to-18-months. Brewers' assistant general manager Gord Ash said the team would wait for Andrews' opinion before deciding what to do. Hellweg was examined yesterday by team doctor William Raasch. That was after he felt a pop in his elbow while pitching on Sunday at Omaha. The 25-year-old Hellweg was acquired by the Brewers almost two years ago, in the trade that sent Zack Greinke to the Angels and brought Jean Segura and pitching prospect Ariel Pena to Milwaukee. Hellweg struggled in his Major League debut last season, going 1-and-4 with the Crew with a six-point-seven-five E-R-A in seven starts and one relief appearance. At Nashville this year, he was 1-and-2 with an E-R-A of almost five.
The N-F-L says it will announce its regular season schedule tonight at seven o'clock. It help both the Packers and their fans make plans for this fall. The Super Bowl champions normally kick off the season on a Thursday night -- and the Packers could provide the opposition for Seattle, since they already know they'll face each other at Century-Link Field. Also, we'll find out if the Packers will keep their national appeal, after two scheduled Sunday night games on N-B-C got moved to the daytime last year when Aaron Rodgers was out with a shoulder injury. The Packers already know their opponents for 2014. They were set by last year's N-F-L divisional standings. Besides the normal division opponents, Green Bay will host the New York Jets, New England, Carolina, Philadelphia, and Atlanta -- and besides Seattle, the Pack will also play at New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Buffalo, and Miami.
U-W Milwaukee women's basketball forward Avyanna Young will reportedly transfer to the Wisconsin Badgers for her final two years of eligibility. The Journal Sentinel quoted her father in mentioning the move. The 6-1 Young, from Milwaukee King High School, was third in scoring at U-W-M last season with just over 13 points a game. She was also the Panthers' leading rebounder with almost 10 boards per night. Young had 15 double-doubles, the 31st highest in the N-C-A-A's Division-One.
The U-W Milwaukee baseball team crushed Division-Two Parkside last night, 13-to-3 at Kenosha. Parkside committed seven errors, while the Panthers scored in each of the first four innings to build up a 7-nothing lead. Ryan McShane went 3-for-3 and scored twice for U-W-M, which improved to 14-and-16 overall. Parkside fell to 10-and-24.