WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Lucroy's walk-off homer wins it for Milwaukee
Jonathan Lucroy hit a walk-off homer to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-to-3 home win over Cincinnati last night. The Brewers extended their National League Central lead to a game-and-a-half over Saint Louis -- their biggest margin in almost two weeks, after the Cardinals fell to Tampa Bay. The fourth-place Reds dropped to four-and-a-half back, going 0-and-5 since the All-Star break. The Brewers scored all their runs on solo shots. Lucroy hit a pair, including the game-winner off Sam LeCure which led off the bottom of the ninth. Ryan Braun and Aramis Ramirez hit back-to-back homers in the first frame. It extended Braun's hitting streak to ten games. Francisco Rodriguez got the win in relief. He's now 4-and-3. There was a tense moment in the ninth when K-Rod hit Kristopher Negron in the helmet with a pick-off throw. Negron was given medical attention, but he stayed in the game. LeCure took the loss. He's 1-and-2. Jay Bruce ended an 0-for-16 slump with an R-B-I double for Cincinnati. Reds' starter Homer Bailey retired 11 in a row at one point. Brewers' starter Jimmy Nelson ran out of gas in the seventh, hitting a couple batters before Chris Heisey hit a sacrifice fly off reliever Brandon Kintzler to tie the game. Milwaukee second baseman Scooter Gennett left after four innings with recurring tightness in a right quad muscle. Milwaukee will go for a sweep of the Reds this afternoon. Right-hander Kyle Lohse starts against Reds' righty Mike Leake.
Catcher Jonathan Lucroy has been named the Brewers' winner of the "Heart and Hustle Award" by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. The award recognizes current players who show a passion for the game, and embody its values and tradition. It's baseball's only award that's selected by former players. Lucroy has been a workhorse for Milwaukee this season, leading the team by playing in 93 of its 101 games. He was among the National League's hitting leaders after batting .359 in June. But until last night, Lucroy was only hitting .164 this month, with just three hits in his last 30 at-bats. He hit a pair of solo homers last night, including the game-winner in the ninth which gave the Crew a win over Cincinnati and improved Milwaukee to 3-and-2 since the All-Star break.
The South Division won the Northwoods League All-Star Game, blanking the North 3-to-nothing last night in Mequon. Pete Alonso of the Madison Mallards belted a three-run homer in the fourth inning. That also scored Zack Domingues of Wisconsin Rapids and Paul DeJong of the Wisconsin Woodchucks for the game's only runs. Alonzo, who plays his college ball at Florida, was named the M-V-P as the game's "Star of Stars." Roberto Baroniel of Green Bay got the win. Tim Black of Madison threw a scoreless ninth to get the save. Andrew Towns of Willmar took the loss. A Home Run Derby was held before the game. The North Division out-hit the South 18-to-13. Brett Siddall of the Lakeshore Chinooks won the individual title with seven dingers.
Robbie Ziegler continues to lead the State Amateur golf tournament at the halfway mark. The U-W Madison assistant men's coach shot a one-over-par 71 yesterday in hot conditions at the Ozaukee Country Club in Mequon. Ziegler is the only player under par after 36 holes at minus-three-137, five strokes ahead of second-place Christopher Calla of Fond du Lac. The Winnebago Lutheran high school junior shot a 74 in his second round, and was at 142 going into today's third round. Five players are tied for third at 143 -- Brandon Cloete, Joe Weber, Tyler Schmude, Zach Gaugert, and Mitchell Johnson. Seventy of the 166 players made the 36-hole cut.
Eddie Terasa of Waukesha is the winner of the Wisconsin P-G-A Senior Championship. He shot a one-under-par 69 in his second-and-final round yesterday at the Watertown Country Club, and finished at one-over-141. Teresa is the head golf pro at North Hills Country Club in Menomonee Falls. The victory qualified him for the P-G-A's Professional National Championship in mid-November in Port Saint Lucie Florida. Dan Buckley of Rhinelander and Rich Tock of Mequon also qualified. Buckley finished second in the state senior tourney at 142. Tock finished at four-over-144. Elsewhere, Maggie Leef of Merton in Waukesha County won her qualifier for the U-S Women's Mid-Amateur, to be played in early September in Noblesville Indiana. Ann Brownfield of Thiensville also qualified. And at the U-S Junior Amateur, Thomas Longbella of Chippewa Falls advanced to the Match Play Round-of-64 by placing 28th in stroke play. That tournament is being played at The Woodlands in Texas.