WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Parker believes he'll end up in Milwaukee
Jabari Parker believes he'll end up with the Milwaukee Bucks with the Number-two overall pick in tonight's N-B-A Draft. The one-season forward from Duke made the remark yesterday at a news conference in New York with other top draft prospects. The 19-year-old Parker said the Bucks were more committed to him than the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have the first pick. However, he denied tanking a workout with the Cavs so he'd have a better chance of falling to the second spot. Parker, who's 6-8, said he didn't have any real position at Duke, but N-B-A teams see him primarily as a small forward. Parker noted that Milwaukee has a need at that slot, and the Bucks would give him a great chance to grow along with other young players on the team. The teams themselves are playing it close-to-the-vest -- so it's possible that Parker could still end up with the Cavs, or perhaps another team if there's a trade at the top. Kansas swingman Andrew Wiggins is expected to be a top pick tonight, along with Australian point guard Dante Exum. The Bucks also have three picks in tonight's second round -- the 31st, 36th, and 48th selections overall. The draft begins at 6:30 tonight from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The Milwaukee Brewers have still not been swept this season, after crushing the Washington Nationals 9-to-2 in their Miller Park series finale yesterday. The Nats were going for their first sweep in Milwaukee since 2006, but Scooter Gennett wiped out that possibility in the second inning with a grand slam which put the Crew in front for good. Khris Davis had a solo homer and a two-run single, which put the Brewers up 7-to-2 in the fifth. Marco Estrada had a solid outing, giving up two runs and two runs in six-and-a-third innings with four walks and four strikeouts. He did not give up a homer for the first time since April 15th, as he improved to 7-and-4. Stephen Strasburg was shelled for seven runs in four-and-two-thirds innings. The loss dropped him to 6-and-6. Jonathan Lucroy, Aramis Ramirez, and Ryan Braun were all given the day off after their 16-inning loss to the Nats on Tuesday night. Ian Desmond and Nate McLouth drove in the only runs for Washington, which took 2-of-3 from the Crew. Milwaukee and the L-A Dodgers remain the only Major League teams not to be swept this season. The Brewers maintained their four-and-a-half-game lead in the National League Central Division. They've won seven of their last ten, scoring 62 runs in those contests. Tonight, Milwaukee opens a four-game home series against Colorado. Right-hander Wily Peralta faces Colorado left-hander Christian Friedrich.
Alfredo Figaro will become the Brewers' long relief specialist after he was called up from Triple-"A" Nashville yesterday. His call-up was meant to provide a fresh arm, after the Brewers had used six relievers in Tuesday night's 16-inning marathon loss to Washington. Mike Fiers, who worked four innings in that game and took the loss, was sent back down to Nashville. He'll rejoin the Sounds' starting rotation, and will pitch Monday night against Memphis. Figaro, a right-hander, threw two scoreless innings in the eighth-and-ninth yesterday in Milwaukee's 9-to-2 home rout of the Nationals. Figaro started for a short time last season for Milwaukee. He went 2-and-1 at Nashville this year with an E-R-A of just over five. This is Figaro's second call-up with Milwaukee in 2014. He gave up a game-deciding homer to San Diego's Chase Headley in the 12th inning on April 22nd.
The Brewers will have one player in the All-Star Futures' Game on July 13th in Minneapolis. Left-handed starter Jorge Lopez of Class-"A" Brevard County will be part of a team of foreign-born prospects, against the top American-born minor leaguers. Rosters for the Futures' Game were announced this week. Lopez is 7-and-3 for Brevard County this season, with 56 strikeouts in 72 innings and an E-R-A of three. The Brewers drafted him in the second round in 2011 out of the Caguas Military Academy in Puerto Rico. Rosters for the Futures' Game were announced yesterday.
After being in the top-three all week, Menasha golfer Ryan Helminen dropped to 16th place after his final round yesterday at the P-G-A Professional National Championship. The 39-year-old Helminen still earned one of 20 berths to the P-G-A Championship in Louisville in mid-August. The teaching pro at Ridgeway in Neenah struggled to a 43 on the front-nine yesterday in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. He came back on his final nine with a one-under-35, and finished the round at six-over-78. Helminen was five-over for the tournament at 293. That was seven strokes behind the winner, Michael Block. One other golfer with Wisconsin ties also punched his ticket to the P-G-A major. Dave Tentis, head pro at Hudson's Troy Burne Golf Club, tied for eighth place at 290. He lives in Woodbury Minnesota. Craig Czerniejewski, the head pro at the Washington County Golf Course in southeast Wisconsin, tied for 31st.
U-W Madison golfer Kimberly Dinh finished in a tie for second at the Michigan State Women's Open. The senior from Midland shot an even-par 72 in her third and final round yesterday. She finished at nine-under-207 at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, two strokes behind champion Becca Huffer of Denver. Dinh shot a tournament-record 62 in her opening round but cooled off after that.