WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Roenicke expects a better second half for Brewers
The Milwaukee Brewers return from the All-Star break tonight with the hope of avoiding their second 100-loss season in team history. At its current pace, the Crew stands to lose 97 games come October. They’re currently 38-and-56, with the fourth-worst record in Major League Baseball. Tonight, the Brewers will host the Miami Marlins – who have the Majors’ second-worst record at 35-and-58. Manager Ron Roenicke says the Brewers should be playing a lot better – even with all the injuries to key players like Ryan Braun, Aramis Ramirez, and Corey Hart. Braun is expected to return tonight, after missing last weekend’s Arizona series while on a bereavement leave. Milwaukee has also been plagued by inconsistent hitting, fielding, and starting pitching. Roenicke says his main goal for the second half is to find some consistency – at least to the point where he can have a set starting line-up and pitching rotation. Right-hander Kyle Lohse will start for Milwaukee tonight against Marlins’ right-hander Jacob Turner.
The Milwaukee Bucks were eliminated from the NBA Summer League tournament in Las Vegas, after losing to the L-A Lakers 72-to-68 in yesterday’s second round. Center Robert Sacre hit a post-up shot in the lane with 1:44 left to put Los Angeles in front for good. Former Wisconsin forward Marcus Landry led the Lakers in scoring with 18 points. Landry, a Milwaukee native, has been training in suburban New Berlin in the hopes of latching onto his first NBA team since he graduated from the U-W in 2009. Second-year forward John Henson led the Bucks with 16 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocked shots. Bucks’ rookie guard Nate Wolters led a late Milwaukee rally that fell short. He scored all nine of his points in the second half. The Bucks were seeded ninth, and the Lakers eighth among the 22 teams in the Summer League tournament. Milwaukee will a consolation game tonight against San Antonio to close out its Vegas schedule.
Two Wisconsin golfers are among the final-eight at the U-S Amateur Public Links Championship in Lorton Virginia. Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon won his third-round match yesterday afternoon, 5-and-3 over Justin Shin of Canada. That was after he defeated Kyle Weldon of Saint Louis 6-and-4 in the morning Round-of-32. Kyle Henning of Brookfield eliminated Carlson Cox-the-Fourth of Church Hill Tennessee one-up in the Round-of-16. That was after he eliminated P-J Samiere of Hawaii 5-and-4 yesterday morning. Today, Niebrugge plays Zecheng Dou of China in the tournament quarter-finals. Henning plays Eric Sugimoto of San Diego. The winners advance to the semi-finals this afternoon. The title match is set for tomorrow.
A new champion will be crowned today, when the state high school summer baseball tournament is played in Mequon. Four teams will try and succeed defending champion Oak Creek. Sheboygan Falls will play West Bend in the first semi-final at noon, followed by Kettle Moraine against New Berlin West. The winners will go for the state summer title at 6:35 this evening at Mequon’s Kapco Park. West Bend West is playing in its eighth summer tourney in the last decade. Sheboygan Falls made the event for the third year in a row. Kettle Moraine is making its first appearance since 2008. New Berlin West has won 14-of-its-last-16 games.