WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Pirates score three in the ninth to beat Milwaukee, 4-1
MILWAUKEE -- The Pittsburgh Pirates scored three runs in the ninth inning last night to beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-to-1 at Miller Park. The Brewers ended a three-game winning streak -- and the Pirates won at Miller Park for the first time in their last six tries. Chris Stewart broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run single off closer Francisco Rodriguez, who took the loss and dropped to 1-and-1. Starling Marte drove in Pittsburgh's final run with a double to deep center. The three runs increased K-Rod's E-R-A from point-four-five to one-point-six-four. Tony Watson got the win in relief. He threw a scoreless eighth inning to improve to 4-and-0. Mark Melancon worked around a two-out single in the ninth for his fifth save. Milwaukee's offense went cold again, mustering only six hits. Two of them came in the fifth inning before Jeff Bianchi hit a sacrifice fly to bring home Khris Davis for Milwaukee's only run. Ryan Braun had two hits, as the Brewers went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Milwaukee will try to win its three-game set against the Pirates this afternoon at Miller Park. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo starts for the Crew against Pittsburgh left-hander Wandy Rodriguez.
Carlos Gomez missed last night's Brewer game with lower back spasms suffered on Tuesday night. So while he was sitting out, the center-fielder agreed to end his appeal of a three-game suspension for the Easter Sunday brawl at Pittsburgh. That will make him eligible to return free-and-clear on Saturday against the Cubs in Chicago. Gomez had his appeal hearing last Friday, and he was hoping to have to reduced to one-or-two games. We'll never know if that would have happened, since Major League Baseball delayed its ruling. Gomez said he'd probably have to miss a game-or-two anyway with the muscle problem in his back. Still, it means he'll be docked for three games of pay, instead of the reduction he was initially hoping to get.
The Milwaukee Bucks have started doing their homework and looking at possible rookies in preparation for the N-B-A Draft in late June. But it's possible that general manager John Hammond and coach Larry Drew might have the rug pulled out from under them, once the new owners take over. E-S-P-N reports that Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry will take control of the Bucks today, when the N-B-A's Board of Governors is scheduled to act on the proposed 550-million dollar sale of the team from long-time owner Herb Kohl. Edens and Lasry have not said what might happen to Hammond, Drew, and their respective staffs. The Draft Lottery takes place Tuesday night -- and after the Bucks had the league's worst record this past season, they have the best chance of nailing down the top pick in the draft. Regardless, Milwaukee can draft no lower than fourth -- and the high pick was said to be one of the top selling points for the team.
Wisconsin receiver Jared Abbrederis became the first Green Bay draft pick to sign a contract yesterday. Media reports said he got a four-year deal worth just over two-point-three million dollars. The Packers also signed their seventh-round pick, receiver Jeff Janis. Lower-round draft choices have almost no wiggle room since the N-F-L went to a rookie wage scale. It's possible that Green Bay could have all but two of its nine draft picks signed by the time the Packers' rookie camp begins tomorrow. It could take a little longer to sign the team's top two draft choices -- first-round safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and second-round receiver Davante Adams. They're allowed to get a little more guaranteed bonuses and slight differences in their contract structures. Also, the Packers reportedly failed to sign undrafted defensive end Denico Autry from Army. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said minor health issues caused the Packers to change their minds. Also, Green Bay cut corner James Nixon. He played in three games last year as a rookie, but he was placed on injured reserve in November with a knee injury.
U-W Whitewater won its opening game in the N-C-A-A Division-Three baseball tournament, with a 6-to-2 victory yesterday over Saint Norbert of De Pere. At a team dinner this week, Warhawks' coach John Vodenlich asked for a volunteer to start the opener of the Whitewater Regional. Fifth-year senior Brock Liston stepped forward, and he struck out seven in seven innings for the top-seeded Warhawks. Liston gave up two runs, both coming on a homer by Saint Norbert's Travis Mason. In the other two games at Whitewater yesterday, Concordia-Chicago topped U-W La Crosse 3-to-1, and Adrian crushed Heidelberg 8-1. Saint Norbert faces elimination this afternoon when it plays Heidelberg. La Crosse also has an elimination game against Whitewater. Adrian faces Concordia-Chicago tonight. At the Linfield Regional in Oregon, U-W Stevens Point edged Trinity of Texas late last night, 3-to-2, on an R-B-I double from Cody Hanke in the seventh inning. The fourth-seeded Pointers will face Cal Lutheran tonight.
Round-Two of the N-C-A-A Division-Three women's golf tournament was suspended twice yesterday by thunderstorms in Florida. It will be completed today. For now, Carthage of Kenosha is tied for seventh. The Lady Reds were 78-over-par for the tournament when play was cut off last night due to darkness at Howey-in-the-Hills. The Carthage players were spread out between the ninth-and-12th holes. U-W Eau Claire was in the same situation. They're tied for 12th at 86-over. Concordia-Wisconsin had its players around the sixth hole when play was cut off. The Falcons are second-to-last in the 21-team field at 160-over. Rhodes College leads the way at 58-over. McKenzie Parks of Carthage was the state's top individual. She was in third place at 10-over midway through her second round. Kate Engler was Eau Claire's top player at 11-over in fourth place. Nina Puch led Concordia-Wisconsin at plus-23.
Madison Edgewood was eliminated after yesterday's second round of the N-C-A-A Division-Three men's golf tournament in Greensboro North Carolina. Edgewood was in 35th place at 29-over-par 635 -- and only the Top-15 schools made the cut at the tournament's halfway point. Kyle Bruce was Edgewood's top player at ten-over. Schreiner remained the tournament leader by four strokes.