WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers snap Texas' eight-game winning streak
Scooter Gennett hit a pair of homers last night, as the Milwaukee Brewers won at Texas 5-1. The rookie second baseman hit a solo shot in the third inning – and he broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run blast in the fifth that put Milwaukee in front for good. Khris Davis also homered, and Jean Segura went 2-for-4 as the Brewers improved to 5-and-3 on their nine-game road trip. Marco Estrada picked up his first win since May 24th, giving up one run on four hits in six innings with two strikeouts and no walks. Estrada, in his second start since missing two months with a bad hamstring, is now 5-and-4. Alexi Ogando took the loss for Texas, giving up four runs in six-and-a-third frames. He’s now 5-and-4. Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer for the Rangers, who ended an eight-game winning streak. The start of the game was delayed 42 minutes by rain. Brewers’ third baseman Aramis Ramirez returned for the first time in over a month after getting over knee tendinitis. He went 0-for-3 before leaving in the sixth. Caleb Gindl was sent down to Triple-“A” Nashville to make room for Ramirez on the roster. Milwaukee will try to sweep its brief two-game series with Texas tonight. Right-hander Tyler Thornburg will start for the Crew against Rangers’ right-hander Matt Garza.
Brewers’ starter Yovani Gallardo said he no problems yesterday, after completing his second bullpen session since he strained his left hamstring in late July. Gallardo will have another session tomorrow – and if all goes well, he’s expected to start on Tuesday night at home against Saint Louis. A roster move would have to be made then. Right-hander Tyler Thornburg is expected to be the one heading back down to Triple-“A” Nashville.
In the Northwoods League, the Madison Mallards tied their best-of-three South Division playoff series last night with a 14-to-8 home victory over the Lakeshore Chinooks. The Mallards scored eight runs in the seventh-and-eighth innings to force a deciding Game-Three tonight in Mequon. Meanwhile, the Duluth Huskies closed out the North Division Finals with a 2-to-1 win at Waterloo. Michael Suiter drove in the game-winner with a single in the sixth inning. Duluth now moves on to the Northwoods’ Summer Collegiate World Series, which starts tomorrow night after the Lakeshore-Madison series is completed.
Randall Cobb says he’s not satisfied with his performance at Packer Training Camp so far – and that’s why he’s not sitting out of practice while recovering from an injured right biceps. The third-year receiver and kick returner said he would have to play in pain at some point during the season, so it’s a mindset for him to push through now. Cobb grimaced at practice yesterday but said he would be fine. He believes he hurt the arm during the Packers’ Family Night scrimmage 11 days ago. Cobb did not play in last Friday night’s exhibition loss to Arizona. Starting guard T-J Lang missed practice yesterday with a back injury. Running back Eddie Lacy and receiver Kevin Dorsey returned to practice, but both were held out of team drills. Running back DuJuan Harris also sat out of the team scrimmages after returning to practice on Monday. Coach Mike McCarthy said corner Casey Hayward is at least a week from returning, after he suffered an injured hamstring early in Training Camp.
Quarterback Bart Houston practiced with the Number-Two offense yesterday at Wisconsin’s pre-season camp. The redshirt freshman did not practice at all last season after having surgery on his right shoulder. For that reason, Houston was not considered to be a candidate for the Badgers’ starting quarterback. Still, the coaches wanted to get a look at him after Number-three signal-caller Tanner McEvoy struggled in Monday’s team scrimmage. Houston, whose California high school team went 38-and-1, said he felt rewarded and encouraged. He was not cleared to throw until last December. Also, Badgers’ back-up defensive lineman Jake Keefer is out indefinitely after a serious left knee injury from the scrimmage on Monday. Receiver Chase Hammond hurt a shoulder-and-collarbone Monday, and is also out indefinitely. Backup safety Isaiah Williams has left the Badger camp with an undisclosed injury.
Three Wisconsin golfers have qualified for match play at the U-S Amateur in Brookline Massachusetts. Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon tied for 27th after two rounds of stroke play, shooting two-over-par. He’ll play Seth Reeves of Duluth Georgia today in the Round-of-64. Charlie Danielson of Osceola tied for 38th at three-over. He’ll go against Eli Cole of Beverly Hills California in his opening match. Ricky Hearden of Green Bay also qualified at three-over, tying for 38th. He’ll play Xander Schauffele of San Diego in his first match today. Eddie Wajda of Brookfield failed to qualify after tying for 162nd at 10-over. Keegan Drugan of Holmen went 15-over, tied for 248th in the original field of 312.