WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers shut out in Chicago; lead now 1.5 games
CHICAGO -- Wily Peralta failed to become the Major Leagues' first 15-game winner last night, as the Milwaukee Brewers were shut out by the Cubs 3-nothing in Chicago. Peralta lost for the first time since July 8th, giving up three runs on seven hits in six-and-a-third innings as he fell to 0-and-3 against the Cubbies this season. Peralta dropped only his second decision in his last 12, and is now 14-and-7 on the year. Rookie Kyle Hendricks got the win in his sixth big league start, giving up six hits and a walk in seven-and-a-third frames. He's now 4-and-1. Hector Rendon threw a perfect ninth for his 15th save. The Brewers' biggest scoring threat came in the eighth when they loaded the bases with one out. Cubs' reliever Pedro Strop got Jonathan Lucroy to bounce into a double play. Mark Reynolds had two of Milwaukee's six hits. Anthony Rizzo hit a solo homer for Chicago. Justin Ruggiano and Arismendy Alcantara each had run-scoring singles, as the Cubs split their Wrigley Field series with the Crew at a game each. Milwaukee's lead in the National League Central dropped to one-and-a-half games over second-place Pittsburgh, and three over Saint Louis. The Brewers and Cubs play again tonight in the Windy City. Kyle Lohse goes for the Crew against Chicago left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada.
After two injury-plagued seasons in Green Bay, defensive tackle Jerel Worthy will apparently get a fresh start in New England. Worthy's agent says the Packers will trade the interior lineman from Michigan State to the Patriots, as soon as he passes a physical with that team. Media reports say Green Bay will get a conditional draft pick in return. Worthy had two-and-a-half sacks in his rookie year before tearing an A-C-L knee ligament in the final regular season game at Minnesota. Last year, he only played in two games and had one tackle. The Packers still have a plethora of defensive linemen which include starters B-J Raji, Mike Daniels, and Datone Jones -- as well as Josh Boyd and Mike Pennel. Veteran Letroy Guion has missed all of Training Camp so far with a hamstring injury. Speaking of hamstrings, Packers' receiver Jordy Nelson returned to practice on a limited basis yesterday, after missing last Saturday night's exhibition loss at Tennessee with a bad hammie. Nelson says he's not sure about his prognosis at the moment, but things look good. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers is gearing up for his pre-season debut on Saturday afternoon at Saint Louis. He's expected to get the most playing time among the four quarterbacks in camp, although he'll mostly have limited snaps.
The Lakeshore Chinooks advanced to the Northwoods League title series by sweeping the South Division finals last night. The Chinooks clinched the best-of-three set with a 2-to-1 victory over the Wisconsin Woodchucks in ten innings in Mequon. Zack Bowers hit a walk-off single, to give the Chinooks a day off before playing either Willmar or Mankato in the Summer Collegiate World Series that begins tomorrow night. Willmar edged Mankato 3-to-2 to force a third-and-deciding game tonight in the North Division finals.
Minor League Baseball has named Tyler Marincov of Beloit as the Midwest League's player of the month. Marincov, the Snappers' right fielder, had a league-leading .783 slugging percentage in July. He also led the circuit in extra-base hits with 20, and doubles with 12. Marincov's on-base percentage was .444 in July, as he batted .373 with 65 total bases. He was named the Midwest player of the week on July 21st.
In golf, Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon will start match play today at the U-S Amateur in Johns Creek Georgia. Niebrugge shot a one-under-par 70 yesterday at the Atlanta Athletic Club. He completed two qualifying rounds of stroke play at 144, two strokes above the cut-line and nine strokes behind co-leaders Lee McCoy of Clarksville Georgia and Taylor Moore of Edmund Oklahoma. Today, Niebrugge will face Will Zalatoris of Plano Texas in the head-to-head Round-of-64. After winning three major tournaments last summer, Niebrugge was eliminated in the 2014 Round-of-64 at the U-S Amateur.