WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Rangers score three in the seventh to defeat Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Brewers blew a two-run lead last night, as Texas scored three times in the seventh inning to beat the Crew 5-4 in Arlington. Ian Kinsler capped off the rally with a two-run single which put the Rangers in front for good. Elvis Andrus also had two RBI’s on the night, as Texas won its 14th game in its last 16. Juan Francisco drove in all four Milwaukee runs with a pair of homers, including a three-run blast in the fourth inning which gave the Brewers the 4-2 lead they blew later on. Reliever John Axford took the loss after giving up the lead in the seventh. He dropped to 5-6. Jason Frasor threw a scoreless seventh to get the win. He’s 4-2. Joe Nathan pitched a perfect ninth for his 36th save. Milwaukee lost despite out-hitting Texas 9-7. The Brewers remain tied for last in the National League Central, after the Chicago Cubs also lost yesterday. Milwaukee has still not won a road series this year, after splitting its two-game set with Texas. The Crew did have a winning road trip, though, finishing at 5-4. The Brewers are back home to open a four-game set with Cincinnati tonight. Right-hander Kyle Lohse will face Reds’ left-hander Tony Cingrani.
The Madison Mallards won the South Division title in the Northwoods League, with a 5-to-3 come-from-behind victory over the Lakeshore Chinooks in Mequon last night. Alex Bacon hit a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning, as the Mallards took South Division Finals two-games-to-one. Tonight, Madison opens the best-of-three Northwoods’ Summer Collegiate World Series at Duluth. The Huskies swept Waterloo to win the North crown earlier this week.
The Green Bay Packers are trying to keep quarterback Aaron Rodgers fresher, by having him throw less at Training Camp. Rodgers had up to 70 snaps per practice a year ago, and he said that’s “tough on anybody.” The Packer coaches are not saying how many fewer snaps he’s getting at this year’s camp. Rodgers expects to throw fewer passes during the regular season, as the Packers try to run the ball more. He said he’s probably got the best group of running backs in his nine seasons in Green Bay. That includes second-round rookie Eddie Lacy, who had his first solid practice yesterday after almost a week off with a bad hamstring. Meanwhile, coach Mike McCarthy says he’ll try to play all four of his quarterbacks again on Saturday night, when the Packers face Saint Louis in an exhibition. McCarthy has not divvied up the playing time yet – but veteran Vince Young is expected to get as much work as possible, so the team can get a better read on how he’s doing. Graham Harrell will try to atone for a rough outing last week against Arizona, while fourth-stringer B-J Coleman tries to gain some ground in the race for the top back-up quarterback job.
Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen expects to find out more today about the playing status of center Dan Voltz. He injured his right hamstring at practice yesterday. Offensive line coach T-J Woods says the injury is probably not too bad – but Andersen says hamstrings can either heat up or cool down within 24 hours of being hurt. In the meantime, redshirt junior Dallas Lewallen moved to the center spot at practice. He’s been the Number-One left guard at pre-season camp – and he expects to start his first collegiate game on August 31st at home against Massachusetts. Lewallen has only played six games at Wisconsin due to previous injuries to both his knees.
Charlie Danielson of Osceola is the only Wisconsin golfer who made it past the opening round of match play at the U-S Amateur in Brookline Massachusetts. Danielson eliminated Eli Cole of Beverly Hills California 3-and-2 in yesterday’s Round-of-64. Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon, who won three major tournaments in three straight weeks this summer, lost Seth Reeves of Duluth Georgia, one-up. Richard Hearden of Green Bay lost 2-and-1 to Xander Schauffele of San Diego. In today’s Round-of-32, Danielson will face Chase Koepka of Lake Worth Florida.