WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers sweep Dodgers in LA, lead remains at three games
Jonathan Lucroy drove in five runs, and Wily Peralta earned his Major League-leading 15th win as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Dodgers in Los Angeles yesterday, 7-to-2. The Dodgers were swept for the first time this season in a series of thre games or longer. Milwaukee once again has the National League's best record at 70-and-55. Lucroy belted a two-run homer in the first inning, and he hit a three-run double in the second. Both were off Dodgers' starter Dan Haren, who gave up six runs in three innings and fell to 10-and-10. Peralta is 15-and-7, tied with Adam Wainwright of Saint Louis and Johnny Cueto of Cincinnati for the most wins in the Majors. Peralta tossed six scoreless innings, giving up five hits and three walks with five strikeouts. The Brewers won despite being out-hit 8-to-7. Carlos Gomez homered in his second straight game, and Khris Davis singled and doubled as the Brewers won their fourth straight overall. The Dodgers scored their runs on R-B-I doubles by Scott Van Slyke and Darwin Barney. But it wasn't enough, as the Dodgers dropped six of their last eight at Dodger Stadium. The Brewers maintained a three-game lead over Saint Louis in the National League Central. Pittsburgh -- which has lost five straight -- is now five-and-a-half games back in third. The Brewers are off today, and will host Toronto tomorrow night.
Will Power extended his season points lead in the Indy-Car racing series, after he won the A-B-C Supply Wisconsin-250 yesterday at the Milwaukee Mile. The Australian driver led for 229 laps while surviving a late charge from Juan Pablo Montoya. Power did not make a late pit-stop, and he preserved fuel for the final 67 laps to win his first career race at State Fair Park in West Allis. Montoya was two-point-eight-seconds back in second place. Tony Kanaan took third. The 33-year-old Power is now 39 points ahead of second-place Helio Castroneves in the Indy-Car standings. Castroneves was 11th yesterday. Ryan Hunter-Reay, the two-time defending champion in the Milwaukee race, finished 21st and second-to-last. He said something in the right rear of his car broke, and he left after 168 of the 250 laps.
Matt Kenseth of Cambridge dropped two places to fifth in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, after he placed 38th in yesterday's Pure Michigan 400 near Detroit. Beloit-born Danica Patrick caused a nine-car wreck on a re-start in the 26th lap. Kenseth was in that crash, along with Travis Kvapil of Janesville. Patrick slid down the track after Turn-Two, which set off a chain reaction. Kenseth and two others wheeled their cars behind a wall for extensive repairs. Patrick stayed on pit-road while her car was getting fixed. She finished 18th, and remains 28th in the Sprint Cup standings. Kvapil placed 32nd, but rose one spot for the year to 38th. Paul Menard of Eau Claire was Wisconsin's top finisher in yesterday's race in fourth. He's still 17th in the standings. Jeff Gordon won the race, and he remains first in the point totals with 816 -- 107 ahead of Kenseth.
Green Bay Packers' running back Eddie Lacy is doing just enough to get re-acquainted with live football action, as he gets ready for his second N-F-L season. Lacy did not play in the Packers' opening exhibition loss at Tennessee. He had 12 snaps on Saturday -- all during Green Bay's opening touchdown drive in which Aaron Rodgers ran predominantly a no-huddle offense. Lacy had five carries for 25 yards, and two pass receptions for 22 more. The former Alabama product says he does not want to begin this season like a year ago -- when he missed a week of Training Camp with a bad hamstring. Lacy says his goal is to have fresher legs going into the regular season, and coach Mike McCarthy agrees. The Packers are 1-and-1 in the pre-season, after a 21-to-7 victory at Saint Louis on Saturday. The Pack hosts Oakland on Friday night.
The Wisconsin football team is 14th in the pre-season A-P college football poll released yesterday. The Badgers were also 14th in the U-S-A Today coaches' poll which came out in late July. Wisconsin went 9-and-4 a year ago, in coach Gary Andersen's debut season. Defending national champion Florida State opens at Number-One in both polls. L-S-U, whom the Badgers open against on August 30th in Houston, is ranked 13th in both.
Wisconsin has two P-G-A golfers eligible for the Fed-Ex Cup playoffs. Jerry Kelly of Madison is 61st in the point standings, and Steve Stricker of Madison 99th. However, Stricker was uncertain a week ago whether he'd play in the first post-season event, the Barclays, which begins on Thursday in Paramus New Jersey. Stricker was planning to see a doctor last week about a torn left labrum which has bothered him the past couple of months. Kelly skipped the Wyndham Championship this past weekend to rest up for the Fed-Ex Cup events. The Top-125 players in the point standings will compete. After next Sunday, the Top-100 advance to the second playoff tourney, the Deutsche Bank Championship over the Labor Day Weekend. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson is 187th in the Fed-Ex standings, and is not eligible for the playoffs. Wilson tied for 51st at the Wyndham tournament in Greensboro North Carolina. He shot a four-under-par 66 yesterday, and finished at minus-four-276. Camilo Villegas was the winner at minus-17.
The Wisconsin men's soccer team won its exhibition opener yesterday, 1-to-nothing at home against Illinois-Chicago. Tom Barlow scored the only goal of the match in the 28th minute.
Also yesterday, the Marquette men play to a 1-1 draw with Tulsa in their exhibition opener in Milwaukee. David Selvaggi scored Marquette's only goal in the 29th minute.
The U-W Milwaukee men played to a scoreless tie in an exhibition against Creighton. Panther goal-tenders Agustin Rey and Liam Anderson combined for nine saves.