WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Cardinals win 9-3 over Milwaukee
ST. LOUIS -- The Milwaukee Brewers took 2-of-3 at Saint Louis, after getting crushed by the Cardinals 9-to-3 yesterday at Busch Stadium. The Crew was up 3-to-1 until Matt Adams put the Cardinals in front for good with a three-run homer in the third inning. Milwaukee starter Matt Garza left in the fourth with a right thumb contusion. He's day-to-day. Garza took the loss, dropping to 1-and-3. He gave up five runs in his three innings on five hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Seldom-used Rule-Five draft pick Wei-Chung Wang had his longest outing of the season, giving up four runs in three innings. And to spare an overworked bullpen, catcher Martin Maldonado was sent to the mound in the eighth with the game out of reach. He gave up only a single to Allen Craig, who went 4-for-5 for the Cardinals on the day with a solo homer and three R-B-I's. Shelby Miller improved to 5-and-0 lifetime against the Brewers. He gave up three runs in six-plus innings, and is now 3-and-2 on the year. Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer and Carlos Gomez belted a solo shot for Milwaukee, which went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Despite the loss, the Crew went a team-record 20-and-8 in April -- only the fourth Major League team ever to have 20 wins before May first. Milwaukee will open a four-game series at Cincinnati tonight. Right-hander Marco Estrada will start against Reds' right-hander Homer Bailey.
The Brewers had planned to look for an experienced reliever before tonight's game at Cincinnati. Manager Ron Roenicke said after yesterday's six-run loss at Saint Louis that he spoke with general manager Doug Melvin about getting some help for a bullpen that's really getting overworked. If the Brewers do find somebody, they'll have to make a roster move -- and with nobody going on the disabled list for now, the Crew might have to send Rule-Five Draft pick Wei-Chung Wang back to Pittsburgh. Rule-Five requires a drafted player to stay on the Major League roster all season, or else he must go back to the team that exposed him to the draft. Wang only had a season of rookie ball, and Roenicke said he has a good arm. The skipper expected to get a better read on him this season and may still do so. Roenicke added that it's tough for winning teams to have a Rule-Five pick on their rosters. Wang has a bloated E-R-A of 15 after four relief appearances.
Former Brewers' starter Zack Greinke led the Los Angeles Dodgers to their ten-thousandth regular season victory, a 6-to-4 triumph at Minnesota. Greinke gave up one unearned run in six-plus innings, while striking out six. He has now given up two runs or less in 21 consecutive starts of five-or-more innings, including the playoffs. That's the longest streak in the Majors since 1914. The veteran right-hander pitched in Milwaukee for just over a season-and-a-half, before he was dealt to the Angels in July of 2012. Greinke signed with the Dodgers after that season. The Dodgers became only the fourth team to record ten-thousand wins -- joining the Cubs, Giants, and Braves.
Central Wisconsin native Jordan Zimmermann improved to 2-and-1 for the Washington Nationals, with a 7-to-nothing victory at Houston. The former U-W Stevens Point right-hander from Auburndale struck out seven and walked one in six-and-a-third innings. Zimmermann said he didn't feel as good as he would have liked -- but he managed to settle down after the Nationals' offense got some early runs.
Linebacker Jamari Lattimore will return to the Green Bay Packers. The restricted free agent had until tomorrow to get an offer from another team. Instead, Lattimore signed a one-year tender offer of just over one-point-four million dollars. The fourth-year pro filled in for injured inside linebacker Brad Jones last season. Lattimore had two sacks, a forced fumble, and 35 tackles.
The Wisconsin softball team ended a 13-game winning streak with a 12-nothing, five-inning home loss to Nebraska yesterday in the opener of a double-header. The Badgers came back to win the nightcap 6-to-4. It was their fourth victory against a nationally-ranked team. The 19th-ranked Cornhuskers hit three homers in the opener -- including a pair of grand slams -- while limiting the Badgers to just four hits. Mary Massei broke a Badger record in Game-Two with her 52nd career double, which drove in two runs. Chloe Miller had an R-B-I double in the first inning, the first run given up by Nebraska in six games dating back to April 18th. Wisconsin ended its regular season home schedule at 12-and-3. They're now 31-and-16 overall.