WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Milwaukee pounds Chicago 9-0, gets Minnesota next
MILWAUKEE -- Kyle Lohse tossed a three-hit shutout yesterday, as the Milwaukee Brewers crushed the Chicago Cubs 9-to-nothing at Miller Park. The veteran right-hander struck out six and walked nobody to win his seventh straight decision. Lohse also gave the Brewers all the offense they needed, with two singles in three at-bats and a pair of R-B-I's. He threw just 93 pitches in his 11th career complete game and the first for Milwaukee this season. Lohse is now 7-and-1 on the year, and has still not lost since April first. Cubs' starter Jeff Samardzija brought a National League-leading one-point-six-eight E-R-A into yesterday's game -- but he got tagged for eight runs in just three innings. The loss dropped him to 1-and-5, as his E-R-A jumped to over two-and-a-half. Ryan Braun belted a two-run homer, as Milwaukee led for good after just two at-bats. Scooter Gennett went 3-for-4 with a homer and a pair of doubles, and Lyle Overbay hit a three-run double as Milwaukee took 2-of-3 from the Cubs while winning four of its last five. Khris Davis ended a nine-game hitting streak as he went 0-for-4. Chicago's Anthony Rizzo was ejected in the fourth for arguing a strike call, as the Cubs dropped their fourth game in their last five. The Brewers extended their division lead during the weekend. They now have a four-game edge over Saint Louis in the National League Central. Milwaukee will host Minnesota tonight. Right-hander Matt Garza will start against Twins' right-hander Kyle Gibson.
Brewers' third baseman Aramis Ramirez went 0-for-2 with a strikeout yesterday in his first rehab game with the Class-"A" Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Ramirez was planning to get three at-bats as he comes off a strained left hamstring. But the game was suspended by rain in the bottom of the fifth inning, with the Timber Rattlers losing to Quad Cities 3-to-2. They'll finish the game at 12:05 this afternoon at Fox Cities Stadium near Appleton, and both teams will then play seven innings in their scheduled contest. If all goes well with Ramirez, he'll return to the Brewers tomorrow and then make his big league return on Wednesday -- possibly as a designated hitter when the Crew plays at Minnesota.
Wisconsin's Matt Kenseth moved into first place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup point standings, after he finished third in yesterday's Fed-Ex-400 in Dover Delaware. Kenseth had spent much of the year one spot behind points' leader Jeff Gordon -- who placed 15th at Dover. Kenseth now has 463 points to Gordon's 461. Kenseth earned his fifth Top-Five showing of the year, and his tenth Top-Ten finish in just 13 races this season. Paul Menard of Eau Claire had his seventh Top-10 performance of 2014, placing 10th yesterday. He moved up two spots to 14th in the point totals. Beloit-born Danica Patrick was 23rd in the race. She dropped one place for the season to 28th. Jimmie Johnson won for the second straight week, and his NASCAR-record ninth time at Dover. He's fourth in the standings -- quite a comeback after a Fox interview disclosed during the race that he had hernia surgery last December.
With Evan Dietrich-Smith gone, two young players appear to be competing for the Green Bay Packers' starting center spot at this point. The Packers drafted Corey Linsley in the fifth round last month. J-C Tretter, a fourth-round pick from Cornell a year ago, made it through his initial O-T-A practices last week after he had season-ending leg injuries in one of his first Green Bay workouts as a rookie. Tretter had a broken fibula and torn ankle ligaments on the first day of the O-T-A's last May. He spent most of last season on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Tretter was added to the 53-man roster last December and practiced with the Packers for the rest of the campaign. Tretter says he'll be ready for an open competition for the center's job at Training Camp. Dietrich-Smith, a free agent, left in March for Tampa Bay.
In golf, Steve Stricker of Madison tied for sixth place at the P-G-A's Memorial Tournament. Stricker shot a four-under-par 68 in his final round yesterday in Dublin Ohio. He finished at nine-under-279 -- four strokes behind Hideki Matsuyama and Kevin Na in regulation. Matsuyama won the tournament in a one-hole playoff. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson tied for 72nd. He shot a four-over-par 76 yesterday, and finished the tournament at plus-five-293.
On the P-G-A Champions Tour, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman tied for 22nd at the Principal Charity Classic in Des Moines Iowa. Forsman shot his best round of the tournament yesterday at six-under-par 66. He completed the 54-hole event at four-under-212. Tom Pernice Junior and Doug Garwood both led after regulation at 12-under. Pernice won the tournament on the second playoff hole.
In rowing, the Wisconsin women's lightweight-four boat won its fourth straight national title yesterday at the I-R-A championships in West Windsor New Jersey. The Badgers beat out second-place Stanford by over two-and-a-half seconds on the two-thousand meter course. The Badgers' varsity lightweight-eight boat placed sixth. At the N-C-A-A women's regatta in Indianapolis, Wisconsin placed 16th. The Badgers' varsity-four boat led the way in tenth place. In men's rowing, the Wisconsin lightweight-four took third place at the I-R-A nationals in New Jersey. The Badgers' freshman-eight placed fifth, and the varsity-eight took 11th.