WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Gomez moving up in the All-Star balloting
Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez has moved into one of the three starting outfield spots in the National League All-Star fan balloting. The latest round of results was released yesterday -- and Gomez is in third place among N-L outfielders with almost one-point-two million votes, only 15-hundred of fourth-place Andrew McCutcheon of Pittsburgh. Gomez jumped two spots from fifth a week ago. Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers and Giancarlo Stanton of Miami remain first-and-second in the voting. If Gomez can win the final outfield spot, he'd become only the fourth Brewer to clinch a starting spot in the fan voting system. The others are Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, and Rickie Weeks. Braun is currently sixth among N-L outfielders. Shortstop Jean Segura and catcher Jonathan Lucroy are third in the voting at their respective positions. Aramis Ramirez dropped one spot to fourth among National League third basemen. Troy Tulowitzki of Colorado is the N-L's top vote-getter with just over two-million votes at short. Fans will keep voting at Major League stadiums until June 26th, and online until July third. The All-Star Game will be played July 15th in Minneapolis.
The Brewers will continue their eight-game road trip tonight in New York, where they'll take on the Mets. The Crew is 3-and-2 so far. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy has had at least one hit in each of those five contests -- including a pair of doubles in Sunday's 1-nothing victory at Pittsburgh. Lucroy was moved into the Number-three spot in the Brewers batting order last month, as part of a re-shuffling by manager Ron Roenicke that has paid off nicely with a much-improved offense. The skipper says Lucroy has become the team's most consistent hitter, and part of the reason is his disciplined approach. He's not a free swinger like many of the other Brewers. Lucroy works the count, draws walks, and hits to all fields. The fifth-year big leaguer now has the third-highest batting average in the National League at .335 -- behind only Troy Tulowitzki of Colorado and Yasiel Puig of the L-A Dodgers. Lucroy is also second in the Majors in doubles with 23. At that pace, he'll break Lyle Overbay's team record of 54 doubles for a season. Milwaukee leads the National League Central by five games over Saint Louis. Right-hander Marco Estrada starts for the Crew tonight at Citi Field against Mets' right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka.
Former U-W Stevens Point starter Jordan Zimmermann has been named the National League's player of the week for the first time in his career. The Washington Nationals' right-hander from Auburndale won both his starts last week, throwing 17 scoreless innings. He held Philadelphia to five hits in eight frames last Tuesday night. On Sunday, Zimmermann threw a two-hit shutout at San Diego, striking out 12 Padres along the way. He's the first Nationals' pitcher to win the N-L's weekly honors since Stephen Strasburg almost four years ago.
Mequon Homestead is the Division-One leader at the halfway point of the boys' state high school golf tournament. Homestead shot a four-player total of 308 in yesterday's first round at University Ridge in Verona. Eau Claire Memorial is two strokes back in second place. Green Bay Notre Dame and Waterford are tied for third, a five off the pace. Kaylor Steger of Oak Creek is the Division-One individual leader at four-under-par 68. Madison Edgewood leads Division-Two at 301, four strokes ahead of defending champion Waukesha Catholic Memorial. Chris Colla of Winnebago Lutheran is the D-Two individual leader at four-under-68. Lancaster leads Division at 317. Defending champion Osseo-Fairchild is eight strokes back in second. Thomas Longbella of Chippewa Falls McDonell is the D-Three medalist leader at three-under-69. The final round of the 36-hole state tournament is set for today.
Australian point guard Dante Exum will reportedly become the first top N-B-A Draft candidate to visit the Milwaukee Bucks for an audition. The Journal Sentinel says he's due in sometime this weekend. The Bucks have the second overall pick in the June 26th draft. E-S-P-N-Dot-Com says Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins will also work out for the Bucks -- but team personnel will have to hit the road to do it, visiting Wiggins at Santa Barbara California this week. The top candidates have reportedly been centering their workout schedules on the Cleveland Cavaliers -- who are still looking for a new coach, and are still considering whether to trade their top pick. Kansas center Joel Embiid and Duke forward Jabari Parker are the other top candidates the Bucks are reportedly considering.