WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers lost their fourth straight game
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers lost their fourth straight game and their third straight series last night, after falling to Philadelphia 4-to-1 at Miller Park. The Brewers were held to just three singles -- two from Lyle Overbay and one from Aramis Ramirez. Overbay drove Ramirez home in the second inning for Milwaukee's only run. Philly had the game-winning hit in the sixth, a two-run homer by Jimmy Rollins. Chase Utley also went yard, as Philadelphia improved to 4-and-5 on a ten-game road trip. Roberto Hernandez pitched eight strong innings for the win, giving up a run on three hits with three strikeouts and a pair of walks. Hernandez retired the final 12 batters he faced, as he improved to 4-and-8. Jonathan Papelbon threw a perfect ninth for his third save of the series, and his 22nd of the year. Brewers' starter Kyle Lohse struck out eight in eight innings. He gave up four runs on seven hits, as he dropped to 9-and-4. Lohse also ended 122 straight starts without an error, when he committed a throwing miscue in the eighth. It was his first error since May of 2010. Ryan Braun sat out again with his recurring back problems. Milwaukee has now lost 8-of-9, cutting its lead in the National League Central to two games over Saint Louis and two-and-a-half over third-place Cincinnati. The Crew will try to salvage a win over the Phillies this afternoon at Miller Park. Brewers' right-hander Matt Garza will face righty David Buchanan.
A year ago, Jean Segura was packing his bags for his first Major League All-Star Game. Now, the Brewers' shortstop is so upset about his lack of hitting, he went to manager Ron Roenicke yesterday to see what he could do. The skipper says the 24-year-old Segura needs to be more consistent with his swing -- but it would be hard to change his mechanics at this point of the season. Segura only batted .196 in June, and he was down to .120 in July before he grounded out four times last night. For the year, Segura is batting .232 with a .266 on-base percentage. Roenicke says it's matter of frustration, and he does not believe Segura has lost his confidence. The skipper says Segura continues to play well in the field, but he needs to get going at the plate.
The Green Bay Packers have dedicated a newly-designed plaza in front of Lambeau Field which honors former team president Bob Harlan. It's now at street level, and it's further west than its original location at the Miller Brewing entrance. Packer fans joined team officials, Green Bay officials, and construction workers at a ceremony yesterday. Harlan is now the Packers' chairman emeritus, and he says he's honored that his name would always be embossed at the stadium where he had a 37-year career. He helped engineer 13 straight winning seasons for the Packers from 1992-through-2004, as well as a Super Bowl title in the '96 season. Current team president Mark Murphy said 22-hundred truckloads of dirt had to be removed to relocate Harlan Plaza, which is best known for its statues of coaching legends Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi.
Milwaukee Bucks' guard Nate Wolters hurt his left ankle yesterday, when he stepped on a player's foot at the Bucks' Summer League practice in Las Vegas. Both Wolters and coach Jason Kidd said the injury is not too serious. The second-year pro expects to be ready for Friday night's Summer League opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Meanwhile, Kidd's top assistant at Brooklyn last season will apparently stay in that role in Milwaukee. Media reports said Joe Prunty will join former Nets' assistants Sean Sweeney and Eric Hughes on the Milwaukee staff. Prunty has been an N-B-A assistant for 18 years. He helped the San Antonio Spurs win three of its league titles in 1999, 2003, and '05.
The Marquette men's basketball team will play seven home games during a non-conference schedule that was announced yesterday. The Golden Eagles will host their annual tilt against the Wisconsin Badgers on December sixth. Indiana transfer center Luke Fischer will make his Marquette debut at home on December 16th against Arizona State. The Eagles will play at Ohio State on November 18th. And then they'll head to Orlando for the Thanksgiving weekend to play in the Old Spice Classic against a field that includes Kansas, Michigan State, Tennessee, and Xavier. Marquette will enter its second season in the newly-reworked Big East Conference. The league's schedule has not been announced yet.
Former Wisconsin men's hockey star Dany Heatley is about to play for his third N-H-L team in four years. The Anaheim Ducks signed the 33-year-old free agent winger to a one-year contract yesterday. Heatley left the Minnesota Wild, where he was traded from San Jose around this time in 2011. He played two seasons for the Badgers in Madison in the late 1990's before joining the former Atlanta Thrashers as the N-H-L's Number-two overall draft pick. Heatley has also played for Ottawa. He's had 372 goals and 419 assists in 863 career N-H-L games. Last season, Heatley had his ice time reduced after the Olympic breaks -- and he finished with just 28 points. Heatley is a four-time All-Star. He has scored at least 50 goals in two pro seasons. He's second among active N-H-L players with 143 power play goals.