WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Mets use the long ball to defeat Milwaukee, 6-2
NEW YORK, NY -- Marco Estrada gave up two more homers last night -- including a grand slam -- as the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the Mets in New York, 6-to-2. Daniel Murphy belted a two-run shot off Estrada in the third. And catcher Taylor Teagarden -- who was making his Mets' debut after being called up from Triple-"A" -- hit a grand slam in the sixth. Estrada has now given up 20 gopher balls this season, six more than anyone else in the Majors. He lasted six innings, surrendering all six New York runs on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts. The loss dropped Estrada to 5-and-3. Daisuke Matsuzaka got the win to go 3-and-0. He gave up a run on three hits in six frames, with three walks and five "K's." The Brewers lost despite out-hitting the Mets 6-5. Lyle Overbay and Carlos Gomez both had R-B-I doubles, as Milwaukee lost its second game in its last five. The Mets ended a six-game losing streak, and avoided their first seven-game futility string in more than three years. The Brewers' lead in the National League Central dropped to four games over second-place Saint Louis. Milwaukee and New York play again tonight in the Big Apple. Right-hander Wily Peralta faces Mets' right-hander Jacob deGrom.
Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke has used six players in the lead-off spot this season. Scooter Gennett became the latest, when Jean Segura was dropped to eighth last night. The skipper said he wanted a hotter bat to lead off. Gennett batted .327 in his previous 15 contests with a homer and five R-B-I's. He singled in three at-bats last night -- and he walked, scored a run, and struck out twice. Segura, the Milwaukee shortstop, surged at the plate when he assumed the lead-off spot as part of Roenicke's major shake-up of the batting order in late May. Segura has gotten cold lately, going just 2-for-21 in his previous five road games going into last night. He went 0-for-4 in the Number-eight spot last evening. Carlos Gomez, Rickie Weeks, Logan Schafer, and Elian Herrera are the other Brewers to occupy the lead-off spot at various times this year.
Mequon Homestead rallied in its final two holes yesterday to win the Division-One title at the boys' state high school golf tournament in Verona. Homestead led throughout most of the 36-hole event, but Green Bay Notre Dame took the lead midway through the second-and-final round. Homestead came back, however, and won with 618 strokes to 619 for second-place Notre Dame. Oak Creek senior Kaylor Steger won the Division-One individual crown at two-under-142. Bennett Hutson of Onalaska and Ricky Kuiper of Racine Case tied for second at one stroke back. In Division-Two, Waukesha Catholic Memorial won its second straight title at 607. Madison Edgewood was a distant second, seven strokes off the pace. Chris Colla of Winnebago Lutheran was the medalist at four-under-140. Matt Bachmann of Sheboygan Falls was the runner-up at four strokes back. Lancaster won the Division-Three crown with 627 strokes. Defending champion Osseo-Fairchild took second, 23 strokes back. Thomas Longbella of Chippewa Falls McDonell won the D-Three individual crown at two-under-142. Zach Hentrich of Lancaster was seven strokes back in second.
Eau Claire native Greg Dick has been elected to the state golf association's Hall-of-Fame. He'll be inducted in his home town this fall, as the hall's 85th member. The 56-year-old Dick now lives in Sherman Texas. He was one of just a few players to win the state high school, State Open, and State Amateur championships. Dick was also an honorable mention All-American for Northern Illinois, where he won the Mid-American Conference crown in 1978. His State Amateur title came in 1980, and his State Open crown four years later.
Will Rodgers throw to Rodgers this fall? That remains to be seen, but Green Bay rookie tight end Richard Rodgers did make a couple of nice catches from quarterback Aaron Rodgers at the Packers' O-T-A practice yesterday. The third-rounder made a tough one-handed grab during a non-contact scrimmage, and he stretched out for another one-handed catch while working solely with the offense. Aaron Rodgers was impressed, considering the no-pad circumstances. The quarterback said Richard has made some incredible catches at the O-T-A's -- and with his body type and hands, he makes it look easy. Coach Mike McCarthy says the tight end Rodgers looks good in spacing -- and that's about all he can judge during the O-T-A's. He says players don't win jobs in June -- they win them at Training Camp in July and August.