WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Gallardo earns his first win since April as Brewers win 8-3
MILWAUKEE -- Yovani Gallardo earned his first win since April 6th, as the Milwaukee Brewers beat Baltimore 8-to-3 at Miller Park last night. The veteran right-hander went six-and-two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on four hits with five walks and five strikeouts. It was the night after Gallardo belted a walk-off double, giving Milwaukee the final two victories in its three-game set with the Orioles. Scooter Gennett put the Crew in front for good in the third inning with a sacrifice fly -- and the Brewers put the game away with four runs in the eighth. Milwaukee's Khris Davis belted a three-run homer, and Ryan Braun went 2-for-3 with a pair of R-B-I's and a run scored. Milwaukee out-hit the O's 10-to-9. The Crew now has at least 10 hits in a season-high eighth straight games. Jonathan Lucroy ended a nine-game hitting streak, but Carlos Gomez extended his string to nine with a double and a single. Former Brewers' prospect Nelson Cruz had a pair of solo homers, giving him a Major League-leading 19 for the year. Bud Norris took the loss, giving up four runs in six innings. He's now 3-and-5, as Baltimore has now dropped six of its last ten. Gallardo is now 3-and-3 after pitching his first game since May 20th, when he hurt an ankle on a defensive play at Atlanta. The Brewers are off today, and will host the Chicago Cubs tomorrow night.
Ryan Braun says it would be a tremendous honor to be named to his sixth Major League All-Star Game in July. But he's not obsessing over the fans' vote totals. Braun, who constantly gets booed on the road after his 65-game drug suspension from a year ago, is third among National League outfielders in the first round of fan voting announced yesterday. He's among the elected starters at the moment with 446-thousand-780 votes -- putting him ahead of Miami's Giancarlo Stanton, the Dodgers' Yasiel Puig, and Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez. Braun is hitting .315, despite more problems with an old rib-cage injury. He missed 14 games with that, and has seven homers and 23 R-B-I's. Braun says he'd like to see the Brewers get more All-Stars, and that will come as the team gets better. Aramis Ramirez is second in the fan voting at third base, Jonathan Lucroy fourth at the catcher's spot, and Jean Segura fifth at short. Gomez and Segura were the Brewers' All-Stars a year ago. The Mid-Summer Classic is set for July 15th in Minneapolis.
The Brewers may have found a use for Rule-Five draft pick Wei-Chung Wang. He threw a 25-pitch simulated game yesterday, giving Aramis Ramirez some at-bats as he gets over an injured hamstring. Wang has not been in a real game since May sixth, when he gave up five runs. The Brewers like his arm and his potential, so they refuse to give him back to Pittsburgh -- the team that gave him up for last December's Rule-Five draft. Wang would have to go back to the Pirates if Milwaukee doesn't keep him on its Major League roster all season. Manager Ron Roenicke only uses Wang in blow-out situations -- and there have only been a few of those so far this season. The skipper said the simulated games would help Wang make some progress in his development. As for Ramirez, he now says he'll play in a couple of minor league rehab games if Roenicke wants it. He could play for the Class-"A" Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Clinton Iowa this weekend. Ramirez is expected to be back in the Brewers' lineup sometime next week.
The Green Bay Packers will begin their voluntary organized team activities today. Contact is not allowed, but injuries can still pop up -- as the Dallas Cowboys found out this week when they lost linebacker Sean Lee for the season with an A-C-L knee injury. Corner Casey Hayward hopes to make an impression, after missing most of last year with a nagging hamstring. Coach Mike McCarthy will also get a look at his six tight ends. That doesn't count Jermichael Finley, who met with the team's medical staff yesterday about the devastating neck injury he suffered last October and his resulting fusion surgery. If he can play, Finley must still work out a contract since he's a free agent at the moment. The Packers will also get their first look at defensive end Julius Peppers, the team's top free-agent signing this spring. The Packers will have ten voluntary O-T-A practices -- today through Saturday, next Tuesday through Thursday, and June 10th-through-13th. Green Bay's mandatory mini-camp for players will take place June 17th-through-19th.
The Packers have released inside linebacker Victor Aiyewa. He joined Green Bay last October on its practice squad, and he ended up playing in five games -- mostly on special teams. Aiyewa had four solo tackles.
In golf, Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon helped Oklahoma State finish second in the N-C-A-A Division-One golf tournament. Alabama won a repeat title by beating the second-ranked Cowboys 4-to-1. Niebrugge, a 20-year-old sophomore, lost his final match 2-and-1 to Cory Whitsett of the Crimson Tide.