WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers use the long ball to split series with Minnesota
Wily Peralta ended a five-game winless streak, as the Brewers slugged their way to an 8-to-5 victory at Minnesota last night. Peralta gave up a grand slam to Oswaldo Arcia. But the Brewers' offense gave their starter plenty of support as Carlos Gomez hit a three-run homer, and Khris Davis and Jonathan Lucroy each had two-run shots. Lucroy's homer was his 500th career hit. Arcia's first career grand salami put Milwaukee down 4-nothing in the third inning -- but the Crew jumped in front for good in the sixth on the Davis homer and Jean Segura's R-B-I single. Peralta went five innings, giving up four runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts. He's now 5-and-5. Francisco Rodriguez pitched a perfect ninth for his 18th save. Kevin Correia took the loss, giving up five runs on 10 hits in five frames. He fell to 2-and-7. Ryan Braun had three hits and scored twice, as the Brewers split their four-game home-and-home set with the Twins and improved to 9-and-4 in Interleague play this season. Arcia went 2-for-4 before leaving in the sixth with a sprained right ankle. The Brewers extended their National League Central Division lead to five games over second-place Saint Louis. They're now 1-and-1 on an eight-game road trip, and they'll open a weekend series at Pittsburgh tonight. Brewers' right-hander Kyle Lohse will start against Pirates' right-hander Brandon Cumpton.
The Milwaukee Brewers used their first three draft picks on high school prospects last night. A left-handed pitcher from Hawaii was the Brewers' first round selection. Kodi Medeiros of Hilo was taken with the 12th overall pick. Milwaukee also took shortstop Jacob Gatewood of Clovis High School in California with the 41st pick in the initial competitive balance round. Milwaukee used its second-round choice on outfielder Monte Harrison of Lee's Summit West high in Missouri. He was 50th overall. Brewers' scouting director Bruce Seid said they were not "safe" picks, but all three players have serious talent. Whether the Brewers can sign them is another story, as all three had committed to play in college -- Medeiros at Pepperdine, Gatewood at U-S-C, and Harrison with Nebraska. The 6-2 Medeiros threw as fast as 97 miles an hour during a workout at Miller Park on May 29th. He said he'd talk with his parents and an adviser before deciding whether to go pro. Medeiros turned 18 on May 25th. He went 7-and-1 in his senior year of high school with a whopping 83 strikeouts in 43-and-a-third innings, and a stingy E-R-A of point-97. He was Hawaii's highest-drafted player ever, and the first since 2001 to be taken in the first two rounds. Houston made San Diego prep pitcher Brady Aiken the top overall pick in the Draft, which continues today with rounds three-through-ten. Thirty more rounds are planned for tomorrow.
The 119th Wisconsin state high school track-and-field meet begins this morning in La Crosse. Brookfield East is going for its fourth boys' team title in Division-One, while Kenosha Tremper defends its D-One girls' crown. In Division-Two, the Shorewood boys and East Troy are the returning champs. The Edgar girls are going for their fifth consecutive Division-Three championship, and Fond du Lac Springs is back to defend its D-Three boys' title. Kimberly has the most boys' qualifiers in Division-One with athletes in 14 events. Seymour is in 12 events to lead Division-Two, and Fond du Lac Springs leads D-Three with 11 events. On the girls' side, West Bend West is entered in the most events with 15. Osceola has the most in Division-Two with 14. Cuba City and Eau Claire top Division-Three with girls in 15 competitions each. The Cedarburg boys and Fort Atkinson girls are the defending titlists in the wheelchair competition. The state meet runs through tomorrow.
With fewer practices at Training Camp, Green Bay Packers' coach Mike McCarthy says each one has to be used more wisely. That's one reason the Packers will have a full practice instead of a scrimmage during its 14th annual Family Night, set for Saturday August 2nd at Lambeau Field. The date was announced yesterday, along with the change in the focus. McCarthy said this week the Packers will be down to about 22 practices at this year's camp -- down from around 35 just three years ago. The league's 2011 collective bargaining agreement was apparently the reason for that. Also, the Packers clearly want to avoid a repeat of last year's Family Night -- when a record crowd of 63-thousand saw starting right tackle Bryan Bulaga go out for the season with a torn A-C-L knee ligament. In a statement, the Packers still promised 11-on-11 sessions that feature "live contact" as part of their Family Night event -- which also includes the usual prize giveaways and fireworks show.
The Big Ten Conference will keep its football championship game in Indianapolis at least through 2021. That's after a unanimous decision by the league's council of presidents and chancellors that was announced yesterday. Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy has hosted the game indoors since its inception in 2011. Meanwhile, the Big Ten will rotate the location of its men's basketball tournament -- and it will head east for the first time with the addition of Maryland and Rutgers. Chicago will host the event next year, Indianapolis in 2016, and Washington D-C in 2017. The Big Ten women's tournament has normally been held in the same city as the men -- but starting in 2017, it will stay in Indianapolis at least through 2022.
In golf, Jerry Kelly of Madison shot a one-over-par 71 in his first round at the P-G-A's Fed-Ex Saint Jude Classic in Memphis. Kelly was tied for 85th after Day-One. The first round did not get completed because of a three-and-a-half hour rain delay. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson was two-over after 17 holes when play was suspended by darkness. He was tied for 99th at that point. Ben Crane was the clubhouse leader, after he shot a seven-under-par 63. The first round will wrap up starting at seven this morning at the T-P-C Southwind course.