WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Pirates use the long ball to defeat Milwaukee
PITTSBURGH -- The Milwaukee Brewers lost their first road game of the season last night, 11-to-2 at Pittsburgh. The Pirates did all their damage after Yovani Gallardo left, when they chopped up the Milwaukee bullpen to break a 2-2 tie and go in front for good. Gallardo struck out six in six innings. In the seventh, Rob Wooten gave up a two-run homer to pinch-hitter Josh Harrison. Pedro Alvarez belted a three-run blast that highlighted a six-run eighth inning for Pittsburgh. Wooten took the loss for his first decision of the year. Pirates' starter Edinson Volquez got the win, giving up two runs on eight hits and a walk in seven innings. He's 1-and-0. Andrew McCutcheon gave Pittsburgh an early lead with a two-run homer off Gallardo. The Brewers scored both their runs in the first three frames, on R-B-I singles from Aramis Ramirez and Jonathan Lucroy. Milwaukee went 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position, while the Pirates were 4-for-10 in that department. Milwaukee fell just short of tying a team-record for the best road start, which was 7-and-0 in 1987. The Brewers have now lost three of their last four. Pittsburgh's win was only the second in its last six. The two teams will play each other again tonight at P-N-C Park. Brewers' right-hander Kyle Lohse will face right-hander Charlie Morton.
Wisconsin men's basketball coach Bo Ryan is cautioning fans not to be over-optimistic, in the wake of the Badgers' Final Four run this season. Before the team's annual banquet last night, Ryan told reporters that some fans already have reservations for next year's Final Four in Indianapolis. He cautioned that the Badgers would have to overcome the same breaks and "landmines" they confronted in any N-C-A-A Tournament run. Still, players remain hungry to make it to the national title game, after losing their semi-final to Kentucky two weeks ago. Sam Dekker, who will be a junior next year, says he has a 50-page list of things he needs to improve on -- and everybody on the team must have the same mentality. Center Frank Kaminsky says he's on board with that. He said everyone will have to get better. And after going 30-and-8 this season, Kaminsky says the Badgers will catch no opponents by surprise next year. Over 700 fans attended the team's banquet at the Kohl Center.
Milwaukee Bucks' players cleaned out their lockers and had exit interviews with their coaches yesterday, not knowing what the future holds for them. There's no word on when N-B-A owners will consider the 550-million-dollar proposal from hedge fund owners Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens to buy the Bucks from Herb Kohl. Until that happens, everything's in limbo -- including whether coach Larry Drew and G-M John Hammond will stay around. Both have two years left on their current contracts. Drew says he has no choice but to keep planning for next season -- and the next order of business is to scout players for the June 26th N-B-A Draft. The Bucks will draft no lower than fourth, and will have a 25-percent chance of winning the first pick in next month's Draft Lottery. Drew said he plans to get the veterans together with the young players who will compete in the N-B-A Summer League in July. Guard Nate Wolters and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo will take part in the summer league play as they enter their second seasons in Milwaukee. Rookies will join them.
Two Wisconsin golfers both struggled in their opening rounds at the R-B-C Heritage tournament. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson shot a three-over-par 74 yesterday at the P-G-A Tour event at Harbour Town on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. Jerry Kelly of Madison is at five-over-76. Both have a lot of ground to make up today if they want to stay around for the weekend. Wilson is 92nd after Round-One, and Kelly is tied for 118th. Matt Kuchar, Scott Langley, and William McGirt are tied for the lead at five-under-66.