WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers win in extras, again
ST. LOUIS -- For the second game in a row, the Milwaukee Brewers overcame a three-run deficit to win in extra innings at Saint Louis. Lyle Overbay hit a run-scoring single in the 11th-inning last night, as the Crew beat the Cardinals 5-to-4. It gave Milwaukee three straight wins over the Cards for the first time since August of 2011. It secured the Brewers' first series victory over Saint Louis in their last eight. And Milwaukee became the first team in the Majors to win 20 games this year. The Redbirds took a 3-nothing lead in the first inning on a homer from Yadier Molina. Milwaukee tied it in the fourth, when Overbay singled for the first of his two R-B-I's, and starter Kyle Lohse hit a two-run single. Carlos Gomez homered in the seventh, and Allen Craig hit an R-B-I triple in the home seventh that sent the contest to extra innings. Lohse struck out nine in six frames, and had a no-decision as he went for his fifth straight victory. Tyler Thornburg got the win with two scoreless relief innings. He's 3-and-0. Francisco Rodriguez earned his 13th save, and has not given up a run in any of them. Kevin Siegrist took the loss. He's 0-and-1, as the Cardinals have now dropped 5-of-7. The Brewers have won nine-of-their-last-eleven overall. They're now 11-and-1 on the road this season. The Brewers and Cardinals will wrap up their series at Busch Stadium this afternoon. Right-hander Matt Garza will face Cards' righty Shelby Miller.
Brewers' shortstop Jean Segura played last night for the first time since Ryan Braun accidentally hit him in the head with a bat in the dugout last Saturday. Segura was a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of the Crew's 11-inning win at Saint Louis. He was thrown out while trying to bunt his way on base. Segura said he felt a lot better yesterday. He said the swelling under his right eye went down a lot, his vision is fine, and it doesn't hurt much anymore. Still, Segura must pass more on-field tests before he can start. Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke said he hoped Segura could start today -- but the player said it might be another day or two. There's nothing new on the progress of injured starters Braun and Aramis Ramirez. Braun's getting over a strained oblique muscle. Ramirez bruised an elbow when he was hit by a pitch on Monday night, and he hopes to return this afternoon.
Milwaukee pitching prospect Johnny Hellweg has had Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his right throwing elbow. The Brewers said yesterday that Doctor James Andrews performed the operation, after he confirmed a diagnosis from team doctor William Raasch. Hellweg will miss the rest of this year, and most likely the first part of the 2015 campaign. He was pitching for Triple-"A" Nashville ten days ago when he felt a pop in his right elbow. It turned out to be a torn ulnar collateral ligament. The 25-year-old Hellweg was traded to Milwaukee in July of 2012 in the deal that sent Zack Greinke to the Angels. He made his big league debut last season and went 1-and-4 in eight games. At Nashville this year, Hellweg was 1-and-2 in four starts, with a four-point-nine-five E-R-A.
Outgoing Milwaukee Bucks' owner Herb Kohl and Bucks' coach Larry Drew both praised the N-B-A's new commissioner for coming down hard on Clippers' owner Donald Sterling. Adam Silver announced a lifetime ban for Sterling yesterday, and fined him the league maximum of two-and-a-half million dollars for racist remarks on an audio recording. The commissioner also said he would urge league owners to force a sale of the Clippers. Drew said there was no other way to rectify the situation, and something had to be done quickly. Drew said a lot of people felt a sense of relief, and it's time to move forward. He played for Sterling and the Clippers for two seasons from 1986-through-'88. Kohl, who's in the process of selling the Bucks, said the team denounces Sterling's remarks, and stands with the actions the commissioner took against him.
Marquette has reportedly offered a men's basketball scholarship to Neenah High School center Matt Heldt. The Journal Sentinel said the 6-10 junior has also received offers from U-W's Green Bay and Milwaukee, Toledo, and Northern Illinois.
The Milwaukee Wave pro indoor soccer team has nailed down a new ownership group. The team announced yesterday that sports developer Mike Zimmerman has created a new venture called M-K-E Sports and Entertainment. It will be a holding company for present-and-future sports entities, including the Wave. Team owner Sue Black said she would have an ownership interest in the new group, and she'll continue to lead the Wave. Black said the agreement would help provide long-term sustainability to the 30-year-old Wave franchise. The team has reportedly struggled through financial problems, and it has until mid-May to get a one-year extension for its home at Milwaukee's U-S Cellular Arena. Zimmerman recently tried but failed to get local government financing for a new baseball stadium in suburban Franklin.