WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Reds pull away late to defeat Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE -- The Cincinnati Reds scored eight runs in the final two innings on Father's Day to crush the Milwaukee Brewers, 13-to-4 at Miller Park. The Brewers trailed by one in the eighth when Rob Wooten gave up five runs on six hits without recording an out. Marco Estrada gave up three more homers, extending his Major League lead in that department to 23 for the year. Billy Hamilton led off the game with a homer. Brandon Phillips and Todd Frazier each had two-run blasts later on. Estrada took the loss, giving up five runs in five innings. He's now 5-and-4. Afterward, manager Ron Roenicke said he would keep giving Estrada a chance to work out his bugs, and would not remove him from the Brewers' rotation for now. Mike Leake got the win, giving up all four Milwaukee runs in five frames. He's 4-and-6, as the Reds have now won four-of-five. Jonathan Lucroy hit a solo homer for the Crew, and Scooter Gennett belted a two-run double. Carlos Gomez doubled and singled to extend his streak for reaching base safely to 30 games, the longest active streak in the Majors. The Brewers dropped two-of-three to the Reds. Milwaukee's division lead over Saint Louis has been cut to three-and-a-half games in the National League Central. The Crew opens a series at Arizona tonight. Right-hander Wily Peralta will face Diamondbacks' right-hander Brandon McCarthy.
Brewers' outfielder Carlos Gomez has dropped out of a starting spot for National League outfielders in the All-Star fan voting. In the fourth update released yesterday, Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen jumped to second place -- while Gomez fell to fourth for the three starting outfield spots in the July 15th Mid-Summer Classic in Minneapolis. Gomez has one-million 628-thousand votes, 31-thousand fewer than third-place Giancarlo Stanton of Miami. Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers remains the top vote-getter among N-L outfielders. Ryan Braun rose one place to fifth. Brewers' catcher Jonathan Lucroy and shortstop Jean Segura remain in third place at their respective positions. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez is fourth. Milwaukee's Khris Davis is 12th among National League outfielders. Colorado shortstop Troy Tulowitzki remains the N-L's top vote-getter, with almost two-point-six million.
In the Midwest League, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers finished two games out of a playoff spot after the season's first half ended yesterday. The Rattlers got crushed by Quad Cities in their finale, 13-to-2. Wisconsin finished the half in fourth place in the Western Division at 36-and-33, two games behind Wild Card winner and divisional runner-up Burlington. The Beloit Snappers were last in the West at 30-and-40. They ended the first half on a high note, beating Kane County 5-to-4 in 12 innings yesterday. Kane County and West Michigan won the divisional titles, and South Bend earned the other Wild Card spot. Next up is the Midwest League All-Star Game tomorrow night at West Michigan. The Timber Rattlers will have two starters -- third baseman Taylor Brennan and catcher Clint Coulter, who was the Brewers' first-round draft choice in 2012. Beloit outfielder Boog Powell will also start for the West Division squad.
Steve Stricker of Madison tied for 21st at the U-S Open golf tournament. He shot a one-over-par 71 in his final round yesterday at Pinehurst Number-Two, with four bogeys and three birdies. Stricker finished at five-over-285 in the year's second major. A plus-three round on Saturday derailed his chances for a Top-Ten finish. Still, it was the fourth year in a row that Stricker placed in the Top-25 at the Open. Martin Kaymer became the seventh player to win the U-S Open wire-to-wire with no ties. At nine-under, Kaymer had an eight-stroke victory over Erik Compton and Rickie Fowler. It was the second major title for the German Kaymer, after he won the 2010 P-G-A Championship near Sheboygan.
Paul Menard of Eau Claire finished fourth in yesterday's NASCAR Quicken Loans-400 near Detroit. After winning the Nationwide Series' race on Saturday, Menard led for four laps in the Sprint Cup event. And he jumped four places to 13th in the point standings for NASCAR's top circuit. Matt Kenseth of Cambridge dropped two spots to fourth in the standings, after leading just two weeks ago. Kenseth took 14th yesterday after starting 21st. Jeff Gordon retains the series lead. Yesterday's winner J-J Johnson moved into second, Dale Earnhardt Junior rose to third, leaving Kenseth with 513 points -- 24 behind leader Gordon. Beloit-born Danica Patrick finished 17th yesterday, and she remains 28th for the year. Travis Kvapil of Janesville had an accident on the 24th lap, and he finished 43nd and last.
The N-B-A Draft is ten days away, and the top three prospects all plan to visit Milwaukee this week. The Journal Sentinel says Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid from Kansas and Duke's Jabari Parker will all audition at the Bucks' training facility -- but the dates are not set yet. On Saturday, Australian guard Dante Exum auditioned in Milwaukee. The Bucks have the second overall pick in the N-B-A Draft a week from Thursday night.
Former Marquette guard Dwayne Wade was denied of his third straight N-B-A championship ring, when his Miami Heat lost the league's Finals four-games-to-one. San Antonio won its fifth title last night, with a 104-to-87 home rout of the Heat. Wade, who led Marquette to the N-C-A-A Final Four in 2003, scored 11 points in Game-Five, with three rebounds and an assist. Former Bucks' guard Ray Allen started for the Heat, as he was going for his second straight title with Miami. Allen had five points, and committed four of Miami's ten turnovers. Kawhi Leonard was the Finals' M-V-P. He had 22 points and 10 rebounds in the series finale.