WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers on their way to St. Louis for a three-game series
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers lost their first weekend game of the season yesterday, 4-to-nothing to the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park. The Brewers were 11-and-0 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays before they only got three hits off Jason Hammel and a pair of relievers. Hammel took a no-hitter into the sixth inning when Carlos Gomez doubled with one out on his bobble-head day. Lyle Overbay and pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks singled for Milwaukee's only other hits, as the Crew was without the injured Jean Segura and Ryan Braun. Starlin Castro hit a pair of solo homers for the Cubs, who broke a four-game losing streak. Hammel ended up going seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits and two walks while striking out seven. He's now 4-and-1, and has allowed three runs or less in each of his first five starts with Chicago. Wily Peralta lost despite getting a quality start. He gave up three runs on eight hits in seven innings with a walk and six K's. Peralta is now 3-and-1. The Crew took 2-of-3 from the Cubs. The Brewers continue to have the best record in baseball at 18-and-7, tied with Atlanta for the fewest losses in the Majors. Milwaukee is at Saint Louis tonight. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will start for the Crew against Cardinals' righty Michael Wacha.
Wisconsin's two teams in the Class-"A" Midwest League are both home tonight to open new series. The Beloit Snappers will host Peoria, after playing a suspended game at Burlington yesterday. The Bees led 3-to-2 in the top of the eighth inning when the rains came. They'll pick it up at that point on June eighth. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will host Burlington this evening. That's after the Rattlers got crushed by Kane County yesterday, 10-to-2. Wisconsin is tied for fifth in the Western Division at 10-and-12, six-and-a-half games behind first-place Kane County. Beloit is still last among the eight West teams at 8-and-14, eight-and-a-half off the pace.
Steve Stricker of Madison remains at Number-15 in the new World Golf Rankings released today. For the second year in a row, the 47-year-old Stricker is pretty much limiting himself to the top events so he can preserve his strength, and spend more time with family and friends. Jerry Kelly of Madison dropped one spot this week to 128th. Pewaukee native dropped 13 places to 283rd. Both Kelly and Wilson missed the cut over the weekend at the P-G-A's Zurich Classic in New Orleans.
Wisconsin will host the nation's biggest event in wheelchair curling. The Wausau Curling Center has won a bid to host the National Wheelchair Curling Trials this fall. It's where Team U-S-A will be picked for the World Wheelchair Curling Championships next February 7th-through-14th in Lohja Finland. Wausau's Cal Tillisch says the details for the national event won't be finalized until this fall. But he said the one-year-old Wausau Curling Center was made for national events like this, and it's why the city was chosen. Tillisch also said a number of area wheelchair curlers will plan a statewide event at the Badger State Games -- and organizers want to make it the leading state wheelchair curling event in the U-S.
Neither Jean Segura nor Ryan Braun will go on the disabled list after their injuries on Saturday night. Segura went to a hospital, after a freak accident in the Milwaukee dugout when Braun hit Segura in the head with his bat while moving it back and forth over his head to loosen up. Segura said it could have been a lot worse, and he hopes to play this week. He said Braun was good to him, and nobody wants to hit a teammate like that. Braun got hurt later when he aggravated a problem in his right ribs on a throw from deep right field. It's an inter-costal strain that will keep Braun out for 3-to-5 days. With catcher Martin Maldonado still suspended, the Brewers were only down to two healthy bench players yesterday -- Rickie Weeks and Mark Reynolds.
The U-W Milwaukee baseball team lost 5-to-2 at home yesterday to Youngstown State. The Penguins scored in four of the first five innings. Brent Gillespie homered and drove in three runs for Youngstown. U-W-M committed three errors, as they dropped to 8-and-7 in the Horizon League and 16-and-18 overall.
Two incoming freshmen who signed to play at Marquette this fall are following coach Buzz Williams to Virginia Tech. Shooting guard Ahmed Hill and seven-foot center Satchel Pierce decided to leave Marquette after talking with new Eagles' coach Steve Wojciechowski. Both committed to the Golden Eagles just over a month ago, when Williams was still around. The Eagles earlier lost Marial Shayok to Virginia. Seymour high school guard Sandy Cohen is the only Marquette freshman to honor his commitment. The Eagles are currently two short of their limit of 13 scholarship players for this fall.
The Wisconsin women's golf team placed sixth in its Big Ten Tournament at French Lick Indiana. Badger freshman Brooke Ferrell had the best round of the day yesterday. She shot a four-under-par 68 to take finish fourth among the individuals at five-over-221 for 54 holes. Michigan State and Ohio State were co-champions, both finishing at 31-over-895. The Badgers were 19 strokes off the pace.