WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Diamondbacks come back from three runs down to beat Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers blew a 5-to-2 lead last night, and lost at home to Arizona 7-to-5. The Crew became the final Major League team to lose a game when scoring four-runs-or-more. They're now 18-and-1 in that department. Milwaukee scored all five of its runs in the first inning, highlighted by a throwing error from Chris Owings and a two-run double by Logan Schafer. The Brewers still led by one in the eighth when Miguel Montero tied it with an R-B-I single, and then Aaron Hill belted a two-run homer off Brandon Kintzler -- who dropped to 1-and-1 with the loss. Marco Estrada escaped with a no-decision in his worst outing of the year, giving four runs in six innings. Evan Marshall, who was called up from Triple-"A" earlier in the day, won his big league debut with one-and-a-third hitless innings of relief. Paul Goldschmidt fell a triple short of the cycle by going 3-for-5 for the Diamondbacks. His homer was a two-run blast. Goldschmidt continues to be a Brewer-killer, batting .469 in ten games at Miller Park. Arizona has now won four-of-six. The Brewers have dropped five of their last seven. They're 22-and-12, and they no longer have the best record in the Majors. Detroit now has that distinction at 19-and-9. Milwaukee and Arizona will close out their three-game series this afternoon at Miller Park. Right-hander Wily Peralta will start against Arizona right-hander Bronson Arroyo.
Brewers' reliever Tom Gorzelanny could make his season debut in early June. The veteran left-hander is coming off a shoulder operation last December, to fix a damaged rotator cuff and labrum. Gorzelanny was hoping to be back by now, but his recovery has been slower than expected. Assistant general manager Gord Ash says the 31-year-old Gorzelanny should be ready for a minor league rehab assignment soon. Ash says he'll need the full 30-day time limit for returning to the Majors, since it will be like a spring training for him. The Brewers will have to drop somebody to add Gorzelanny to the roster, but team officials won't worry about it until he gets closer to returning. The Brewers have three other left-handers in their bullpen -- Zach Duke, Will Smith, and seldom-used Rule-Five draft pick Wei-Chung Wang.
With the start of the N-F-L Draft just a day away, University of Wisconsin players wonder if this will finally be the year that the Green Bay Packers pick one of them. General manager Ted Thompson has often made the 135-mile trip to Madison to scout the U-W -- but according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, he has not drafted a single Badger as he goes into his tenth year in the war room. Thompson has drafted 87 players during that stretch. He did bring in ex-Badgers' quarterback Scott Tolzien -- but the player went undrafted, and was in the San Diego and San Francisco organizations first. The Packers brought in Wisconsin nose tackle Beau Allen recently for a pre-draft audition. He said it's surprising that Green Bay has not picked a Wisconsin player in so long -- but he notes the Pack seems to be doing okay anyway. The Seattle Seahawks have a Super Bowl-winning quarterback in ex-Badger Russell Wilson. The Houston Texans have former N-F-L defensive player-of-the-year J-J Watt from Pewaukee. The Cleveland Browns have perennial Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas from Brookfield. Linebacker DeAndre Levy and tight ends Owen Daniels, Lance Kendricks, and Garrett Graham have also had N-F-L success during Thompson's tenure.
The U-W Milwaukee baseball team split a home double-header against Chicago State last evening. The Panthers won the opener 7-to-5 and lost the nightcap 9-to-6. Chicago State overcame a one-run deficit in the seventh inning of the second game, as Jared Patterson singled home the winning run. Milwaukee had scored six times in the previous inning, capped off by a two-run single from Ryan Solberg. Pat Wilson homered for Milwaukee in the opener. U-W-M is now 17-and-22 on the season.
The Wisconsin men's hockey team has named goal-tender Joel Rumpel as its M-V-P for this past season. It's the first time in eight years that the Badgers' top honor went to a goalie. Rumpel's teammates chose him. He went 21-6-and-1 with a two-point-oh-seven goals-against average and a .929 save percentage. Rumpel was an All-Big Ten second-team selection, and was among 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award as the nation's best college hockey player.