WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers now 15-5, after beating San Diego
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers became the first Major League team to go 10 games above .500, after beating San Diego 4-to-3 last night at Miller Park. The Brewers scored the eventual winning run in the fifth inning on a single from Ryan Braun. He also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, and extended his hitting streak to six games. Aramis Ramirez added a solo homer, and Scooter Gennett hit an R-B-I triple as the Crew won its fourth straight game, still with the Majors' best record at 15-and-5 after 20 games. Manager Ron Roenicke says quote, "Things will go the other way sometime ... You can't expect in the next 20 games to keep doing what we're doing ... But when we play good baseball, we're really a good team." Wily Peralta improved to 3-and-0. He struck out six in six-and-a-third innings, giving up three runs -- two earned -- on six hits and a walk. The Milwaukee bullpen held San Diego scoreless the rest of the way, as Francisco Rodriguez picked up his eighth save of the year. Padres' starter Andrew Cashner ended a streak of 11 quality starts, giving up four runs in six frames. Yonder Alonso had two hits an R-B-I for the Padres, and Chris Denorfia homered as San Diego dropped its second straight. The Brewers and Padres will play again tonight at Miller Park. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo faces San Diego right-hander Ian Kennedy.
The Brewers added a fresh arm to their busy bullpen by bringing up right-hander Alfredo Figaro from Triple-"A" Nashville, and sending Rob Wooten back down. Manager Ron Roenicke said Wooten would have been sent to Nashville Friday anyway, when Brandon Kintzler is expected to return from the disabled list after straining a rotator cuff. Wooten pitched two scoreless innings in Sunday's 14-inning victory at Pittsburgh -- and he would not have been available to pitch last night. Roenicke said Wooten could have pitched an inning tonight, had he stayed.
Carlos Gomez now says he'll accept a suspension from Major League Baseball if he thinks it's fair. The Brewers' center-fielder first said he would appeal any punishment he gets for Sunday's bench-clearing brawl. Gomez swung his helmet and ran toward Pittsburgh starter Garrit Cole, who gave him some words about the way he celebrated a long fly ball which went for a triple. Gomez said he was upset after his parents called him yesterday to say they were not happy about the incident. He told them he didn't mean to do it and quote, "Things happen in the game." Brewers' catcher Martin Maldonado could also be suspended for throwing a punch at Pittsburgh's Travis Snider. Pirates' catcher Russell Martin, who also did some jaw-boning during the brawl, said yesterday he'd fight Maldonado for charity. Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke said both sides got heated up, and things just got emotional.
It appears that the N-B-A is putting more pressure on Milwaukee to build a new arena for the Bucks. ESPN reports that the league has the right to buy the Bucks from prospective owners Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry, if a new arena is not in place by November of 2017. The cable network says the proposed sale agreement allows the N-B-A to take back the Bucks for 575-million dollars, if construction isn't started three-and-a-half years from now. When asked last week about a possible buy-out, Edens deferred comment to the league -- and the league's not commenting. Outgoing owner Herb Kohl seemed to confirm the report last week when he said quote, "Ultimately, if we don't get to a new arena, yes, we will lose our team. The money will go away." Kohl has put up 100-million dollars for a new arena to replace the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center. Edens and Lasry has pledged the same. That leaves an estimated 200-million or more to be funded by local investors and perhaps taxpayers.
U-W Superior could leave the W-I-A-C and join the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference as early as the fall of 2015. The UMAC's Council of Presidents is expected to vote on the transfer before June first. Superior has been in the WIAC for over 100 years, and it would remain in the conference for men's and women's hockey because the UMAC does not offer those sports. Travel has become an issue for Superior, since it must go 368 miles to its furthest W-I-A-C opponent at Whitewater and 326 miles to Platteville. In the UMAC, teams from Superior would not have to travel more than 255 miles to an opponent. It would also pit Superior with schools closer to its enrollment. It has the W-I-A-C's smallest enrollment at just under 25-hundred, and would have the third-largest enrollment in the UMAC. Northland College of Ashland is in the conference, along with seven schools from Minnesota. The move could hurt the W-I-A-C in baseball, because the league would drop to six teams -- one less than the minimum to get an automatic bid for the N-C-A-A Division-Three tournament.
Brian Finnel of Madison said the warm weather made the last ten miles extremely challenging in yesterday's Boston Marathon. But he made it through, and was the state's top finisher in 57th place with a time of two-hours, 26-minutes, and 27-seconds. The 26-year-old Finnel is a seventh-grade science teacher in Madison who was a distance runner at Southern Door High School and U-W Stevens Point. He ran his first marathon last fall in Chicago. It was almost 70 in Boston yesterday -- a far cry from the cold-and-snowy winter Finnel endured along with the rest of us. He said his quadriceps could feel it in Miles 16-to-21 -- and he didn't think the Boston hills would be so long or so difficult. Still, Finnel said he was very proud of how he performed in only his second marathon. Samantha Gries of Cleveland in Manitowoc County was the state's top female finisher, placing 138th among the women and two-thousand-484th overall. Her time was three hours and 47-hundredths seconds.
Former U-W Milwaukee guard Dan Weisse will become the new head coach at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. Weisse, an Oshkosh native, played four years with the Panthers through 2003. For the past three years, he was an assistant at Minnesota State-Moorhead.
Cody Peterson of U-W Milwaukee has been named the Horizon League baseball co-pitcher of the week. Peterson, a junior, shares the honor with Valparaiso senior Cole Webb. Peterson took a no-hitter into the eighth inning last Friday. He ended up tossing a one-hitter with a season-high eight strikeouts in a 3-nothing win over Valpo. The day before, Webb pitched a shutout against U-W-M, ending the Panthers' 20-game home winning streak. Also, U-W Green Bay junior Michael Tenzer was named the Horizon men's tennis player of the week. Tenzer won a pair of singles' matches last week to improve to 6-and-0 in the Number-One slot.