WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Solid start from Peralta lifts Brewers to a 3-1 win
NEW YORK -- Wily Peralta won his second straight start, as the Milwaukee Brewers topped the Mets in New York last night 3-to-1. The right-hander threw six-and-a-third solid innings and retired nine of the last ten batters he faced. Peralta gave up one run on four hits and a walk, while striking out three -- all while a personal family situation was on his mind. After the game, Peralta flew home to his native Dominican Republic. He'll be back in time for his next start on Monday at Arizona. Jean Segura put the Brewers in front for good with a fourth-inning single. Carlos Gomez also had an R-B-I single. Jonathan Lucroy drove in a run with a ground-out, as he went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles. Curtis Granderson scored the Mets' only run on a sacrifice fly. Peralta went above .500 with the win, and is now 6-and-5. Francisco Rodriguez threw a perfect ninth for his 20th save. K-Rod became only the third active Major League pitcher to record eight seasons of 20-saves-or-more. Mets' rookie Jacob deGrom is still winless in his first six Major League starts. He gave up three runs on nine hits in five-and-two-thirds innings, as deGrom fell to 0-and-3. Mets' skipper Terry Collins was ejected in the fifth when he argued a close play at first in which Taylor Teagarden was called out. The call stood after a replay review. The Mets have now lost seven of their last eight. The Brewers have won three-of-four. They'll close out their series tonight at Citi Field. Brewers' right-hander Kyle Lohse faces Mets' southpaw Jonathon Niese.
The 114th U-S Open golf championship begins today -- and Wisconsin's two players will both tee off around high noon at Pinehurst Number-Two in North Carolina. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson has an 11:52 tee time, in a three-some with Ken Duke and Joe Ogilvie. Steve Stricker of Madison tees off at 12:03 with Jim Furyk and Bill Haas. Stricker is trying to become only the second golfer to win the U-S Open at age-47 or later. Julius Boros is the first. The 47-year-old Stricker has yet to win a major in his career. Wilson is also shooting for his first major title. Defending Open champion Justin Rose will be in a featured group with six-time Open runner-up Phil Mickelson and last year's U-S Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick. Pinehurst is hosting its third U-S Open, which will be played at Erin Hills northwest of Milwaukee three years from now.
The Milwaukee Bucks are about to audition two of the top candidates in the June 26th N-B-A Draft. Media reports say Bucks officials will travel to Santa Barbara California to give a workout to Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins tomorrow. Then on Saturday, Australian point guard Dante Exum is expected to have a pre-draft workout in Milwaukee. Exum and Wiggins are among the top four prospects in the draft. Kansas center Joel Embiid had a workout and a medical exam yesterday with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have the first pick. Milwaukee has the second pick. The Bucks are expected to audition Embiid and Duke forward Jabari Parker at some point. One report yesterday said that Philadelphia wanted to trade up to the top spot to get Wiggins -- but the 76'ers were not willing to send its Number-three and Number-10 overall picks to the Cavs to get the top spot.
At least two new champions will be crowned at the state high school softball tournament that begins this morning in Madison. Division-Three titlist Mineral Point is not returning -- and neither is Division-Four champion Algoma. Westosha Central will start defending its Division-One crown in the tournament's first game at 9:05 this morning against Racine Case. Quarter-finals are set for today in the state's largest division. Hortonville takes on Verona. Stevens Point plays Kimberly. And Germantown goes against Menomonee Falls. Tonight, the Division-Two semi-finals will be played. Defending champ New London faces New Berlin Eisenhower. And Mosinee plays McFarland. Semi-finals in Divisions One, Three, and Four are set for tomorrow. Title games will be played Saturday at U-W Madison's Goodman Diamond.
Wisconsin senior Mohammed Ahmed took third place in the 10-thousand-meters last night at the N-C-A-A track championships in Eugene Oregon. Ahmed's time was 28 minutes, 43-point-82 seconds -- almost 14 seconds behind the winner, Oregon freshman Edward Cheserek. Ahmed also made the nationals in the five-thousand meters, which he'll run tomorrow night. Also, Zach Ziemek of the Badgers is second after the first day of the decathlon. He has 42-hundred-23 points, a personal high after five-of-the-ten events. Wisconsin will have two other athletes competing today at the nationals. Alex Brill will make his first run in the three-thousand-meter steeple-chase, and Michael Lihrman will compete in the hammer throw. Also, Durell Busby of U-W Milwaukee will run tonight in the 110-meter hurdles.