WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Seven shutout innings from Estrada lift Brewers to win over Cincinnati
The Milwaukee Brewers won their first series at Cincinnati in almost two years, after a 3-to-1 victory yesterday. Marco Estrada pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and two walks as he struck out a season-high nine. Estrada retired 15 straight at one point, as he improved his record to 6-and-4. Jim Henderson pitched the ninth for his 21st save. He gave up Cincinnati’s only run on a homer from Joey Votto. Caleb Gindl gave the Brewers the only offense they needed with a two-run homer in the second inning off Reds’ emergency starter Greg Reynolds. He filled in for Tony Cingrani, who was put on the disabled list yesterday with a strained lower back. Reynolds took the loss, giving up two runs on five hits in six innings. He fell to 0-and-2. Jean Segura gave the Brewers their final run of the day with a run-scoring single in the seventh. Segura had two singles on the day, as the Brewers out-hit the Reds 7-5. Khris Davis extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a double. Milwaukee has won three-of-its-last-five, and is now two games ahead of the last-place Chicago Cubs in the National League Central. The Brewers are off today, will open a series at Pittsburgh tomorrow night.
The Wisconsin football team is getting ready for its season opener on Saturday in Madison against Massachusetts. Coach Gary Andersen has still not named his starting quarterback yet, and that’s the not the only job still up-in-the-air. Fifth-year senior Conor O’Neill is competing with junior Derek Landisch for the second inside linebacker spot next to Chris Borland. Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda says both will get a lot of playing time, regardless of who starts. Aranda says both O’Neill and Landisch have competed hard for the starting spot, battling each day.
In golf, only one of Wisconsin’s three P-G-A regulars has advanced to the second round of the Fed-Ex Cup Playoffs. Jerry Kelly of Madison is 87th in the Fed-Ex point standings, down from 79th a week ago – but he’s still among the Top-100 who move on to the Deutsche Bank Championship that begins on Friday near Boston. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson was eliminated this weekend, after he dropped from 102nd to 111th in the point totals. Both Wilson and Kelly missed the cut at the opening playoff tournament, the Barclays. Adam Scott won it, and he’s now second in the Fed-Ex standings behind Tiger Woods. Steve Stricker of Madison is not taking part in the playoffs, even though he continues to qualify. He’s still 28th in the standings, down from 20th the week before. Stricker is on a limited schedule this year to catch up on things in Madison, and spend more time with his family.
On the P-G-A Champions Tour, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman tied for 23rd at the Boeing Classic in Snoqualmie Washington. Forsman shot a four-under-par 68 in his third-and-final round yesterday to finish at three-under-213. John Riegger won the tournament at 15-under-201.
The Wisconsin men’s basketball team improved to 3-and-1 on its Canadian exhibition tour, with an 84-to-61 win over Ryerson last night in Toronto. The Badgers scored the first eight points of the game. Sam Dekker scored 18 points for Wisconsin, which plays the final game of its tour this afternoon in Toronto against the “A”-Game Hoops squad.
The Wisconsin women’s soccer team is 2-and-0 on the young season, after winning at Illinois State yesterday 4-to-1. Cara Walls scored twice for the Badgers, who won their first two matches on the road for the first time since 2005.
Elsewhere in women’s soccer, Marquette scored three unanswered goals in the second half to win at Portland State, 3-to-2. Taylor Madigan, Maegan Kelly, and Mady Vicker scored, as the Eagles improved to 1-and-1 on the year.
U-W Milwaukee lost at Michigan State 5-to-2. The Panthers used 19 players including seven freshmen, as they fell to 0-and-2.
The U-W Green Bay women lost at Ball State 3-nothing. The Phoenix out-shot Ball State 5-2 in the first half, but were out-shot 10-9 for the game. Green Bay fell to 0-1-and-1.
The U-W Milwaukee men’s soccer team completed a 2-1 pre-season last night, with a 3-to-1 home victory over Division-Two U-W Parkside. Laurie Bell had two goals and an assist for UW-M.