WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers pound Mets, now lead by three games
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers have won five straight home games, after crushing the New York Mets 9-to-1 last night. The Brewers went up 5-nothing after two innings and never looked back. The Crew is now 29-and-24 at Miller Park, after going 4-and-0 there since the All-Star break. With all the other contenders idle, the Brewers extended their National League Central lead to three games. They also regained the best record in the league at 58-and-45, overtaking idle San Francisco in that department. Jonathan Lucroy, Ryan Braun, and Khris Davis all homered and drove in two runs each against the Mets. Jean Segura belted a two-run triple, as seven of Milwaukee's 10 hits went for extra bases. New York was only held to two hits, as Matt Garza threw another gem. He gave up just two hits in eight innings, including the Mets' only tally of the night -- a solo homer from Lucas Duda. Garza evened his record to 7-and-7. Dillon Gee gave up a season-high six runs in five frames. He dropped to 4-and-3 overall, and 0-and-4 lifetime against Milwaukee. Lucroy's blast was the first homer Gee had given up to a right-handed hitter since April 11th. New York has lost four of its last six. The Brewers have won four straight, scoring a total of 23 runs in those contests. The same two teams play again tonight at Miller Park. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo starts against Mets' right-hander Zack Wheeler.
Three former Brewers played key roles in a 14-inning win by the Kansas City Royals. Norichika Aoki drove in the winning run off John Axford, scoring Lorenzo Cain in K-C's 2-to-1 home victory over Cleveland. Aoki -- whom the Brewers traded for Will Smith last winter -- hit a walk-off single down the third base line. That scored Cain, who was just starting his Milwaukee career when he shipped off to the Royals late in 2010 when the Brewers traded for Zack Greinke. Axford, who holds Milwaukee's season saves record, ended the game on the mound for Cleveland, but Marc Rzepczynski took the loss because he put the player who scored the winning run on base. The 31-year-old Axford is 2-and-3 with a three-point-two-six E-R-A in his first season with the Indians. The Brewers traded him last July to Saint Louis. Aoki is hitting .263 in 76 games for the Royals, with a Major League career-low .333 on-base percentage. Cain played in just 43 games with Milwaukee before he was dealt to K-C. He's hitting .296 in 74 games in his fourth season with the Royals, with three homers and 37 R-B-I's. Also yesterday, ex-Brewer Juan Francisco went a double short of the cycle in Toronto's 8-nothing home win over Boston.
Packers' general manager Ted Thompson said last year's regular season was one of his proudest times during his nine years heading the Green Bay front office. Thompson told almost 15-thousand stockholders at their annual meeting yesterday that the Packers stuck together during the seven weeks Aaron Rodgers was out with a broken collarbone. Not a word was mentioned about the Packers' season-ending playoff loss to San Francisco, or what the team may have learned from it. Thompson said the Packers achieved their three main personnel goals for the off-season -- re-sign as many of their own players as possible, make selective free-agent additions, and draft with an eye toward both now and the future. The players will report to training camp today at their temporary home at Saint Norbert College in De Pere. Coach Mike McCarthy will speak to reporters this morning, and the Packers will hold their first public practice tomorrow morning.
Madison golfer Jerry Kelly is tied for 16th place after the first round of the R-B-C Canadian Open. Kelly shot a three-under-par 67 yesterday at the Royal Montreal course. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson is tied for 67th, after shooting an even-par 70. Michael Putnam and Tim Petrovic share the lead at six-under-64.
Rhinelander native Dan Forsman is tied for 17th after his opening round at the Senior British Open. Forsman shot a one-over-par 72 yesterday at the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club in Wales. He's eight strokes behind tournament leader Bernhard Langer, who shot a six-under-65. He leads Bob Tway by two strokes.
Alex Gaugert overcame a four-stroke deficit to win the State Amateur in Mequon. The 22-year-old Lake Geneva native birdied four of his first five holes yesterday to win his final amateur event. He'll turn pro at the State Open next month. Gaugert finished at six-over-286, two shots ahead of second-place Robbie Ziegler. That robbed the 24-year-old Ziegler of a wire-to-wire victory, after he led for the first three rounds. Ziegler, an assistant men's golf coach for the Wisconsin Badgers, had only one birdie in his final 36 holes. Matt Ross and Joe DuChateau tied for third. They were five strokes off the pace.
Green Bay native Jay DeMerit announced his retirement from pro soccer yesterday. Injuries forced the 34-year-old central defender to leave, after playing for just over three seasons with the Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer. DeMerit starred in soccer, track, and basketball at Bay Port High School, and he played his college soccer at Illinois-Chicago. M-L-S teams refused to take him in after that, so he went off to England and eventually made it to the country's top division. DeMerit played for Team U-S-A in the 2010 World Cup. He started all four games in that event, and played in 26 total matches for the Americans before he finally got an invite to M-L-S. DeMerit started 69 games for Vancouver, but played just 11 this season before tearing an ankle tendon in June.