WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Schafer's suicide squeeze bunt wins it for Milwaukee
Logan Schafer had a walk-off suicide squeeze bunt to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-to-3 win over the Chicago Cubs last night at Miller Park. The Cub defense did not see it coming. Jeff Bianchi easily ran home from third base to give Milwaukee its third straight victory and its fifth-in-six-games. Justin Grimm took the loss. He's 0-and-2. Jim Henderson threw a scoreless ninth inning to get the win. He's 5-and-5. Marco Estrada had another solid start for the Crew. He struck out seven in seven innings, giving up three runs. Estrada only gave up a pair of singles in his first six frames. In the seventh, Ryan Sweeney hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at one -- and then Wellington Castillo hit a two-run homer to put the Cubs in front 3-1. Milwaukee tied the game in the bottom of the seventh when Carlos Gomez hit a two-run blast. Gomez went 2-for-3 with three R-B-I's on the night. Norichika Aoki ended an 0-for-13 slump with a single and a triple. The Brewers now have 42 three-baggers for the season, which leads the Majors. The Cubs' loss was their fourth straight, and the sixth in their last seven. Fourth-place Milwaukee has opened up a four-and-a-half game lead over last-place Chicago in the National League Central. The two teams play again tonight. Right-hander Tyler Thornburg goes against Cubs' left-hander Chris Rusin.
Carlos Gomez has a real chance to become the first Brewer since 1982 to win a Gold Glove award. Gomez has made five catches at the center-field wall this season to rob batters of home runs. That's the most in the Majors for a single year since the statistic started being kept a decade ago. Also, Gomez has saved 34 runs from being scored. That's also the most by a big league centerfielder. Gomez came to Milwaukee in 2009 in the trade that sent shortstop J-J Hardy to the Minnesota Twins. This is the first year that Gomez has been Milwaukee's full-time centerfielder. Gold Gloves are given to the best defensive players at each position in each league. Gomez said winning one would be a career highlight. Robin Yount was the last Brewer to win a Gold Glove 31 years ago. No Milwaukee outfielder has received a Gold Glove since Sixto Lezcano in 1979.
Tim Masthay is relishing his new role as the Green Bay Packers' kick-off specialist. Mason Crosby did the job for six years, but Masthay -- the Packers' punter -- has been lobbying for the past couple seasons to do kickoffs. Finally, with Crosby struggling at Training Camp, coach Mike McCarthy gave Masthay a chance -- and he's been solid so far. Last Sunday, Masthay booted four kickoffs past the end zone for touchbacks. He says he normally aims past the end zone toward the first row of the crowd. Masthay calls it an "animalistic aggressiveness." Special teams' coach Shawn Slocum says Crosby may still get a chance to make kickoffs -- but for now, McCarthy wants Crosby to focus on making field goals. The Packers are 1-and-1, and they'll start practicing today for Sunday's contest at Cincinnati.
Despite losing to Notre Dame last weekend, Purdue football coach Darrell Hazell says his players are confident as they get ready to play at Wisconsin on Saturday. The Boilermakers are 1-and-2. They got crushed by Cincinnati 42-to-7 in their opener -- and they just barely beat F-C-S opponent Indiana State 20-to-14 before losing to the Fighting Irish 31-24. Hazell said he saw signs of confidence on his bench during the Notre Dame game that he had not seen at other times. The coach says his players are maturing, and they're learning to deal with adversity. They'll face a 24th-ranked Wisconsin team that's 2-and-1 after its controversial two-point loss at Arizona State last Saturday night.
Joel Sweeney of U-W Eau Claire made the national Division-Three Team-of-the-Week from D-Three-Football-Dot-Com. Sweeney, a senior running back, rushed for 266 yards and both touchdowns in a 17-14 Eau Claire loss to Saint John's of Minnesota. He ran 43 times, and his rushing yardage was the sixth-largest in Blugolds' history.
In golf, Eddie Terasa of Waukesha won his 11th Wisconsin P-G-A Championship. He shot an even-par 72 in his third-and-final round yesterday at the Horseshoe Bay Golf Club at Egg Harbor in Door County. Terasa finished at two-under-214. Charlie Brown of Racine finished one stroke back. Defending champion Ryan Helminen of Appleton placed third. David Roesch of Germantown was fourth.