WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Two-run homer in the 16th lifts the Nationals over Milwaukee
MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Zimmerman hit a two-run homer in the top of the 16th inning, as the Washington Nationals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-to-2 early this morning at Miller Park. The blast came off Mike Fiers, who lost his first decision since he was recalled this month from Triple-"A" Nashville. The game lasted five-hours, 22-minutes -- the longest in Miller Park's 14-year history in terms of innings, and the longest for the Nationals since they moved from Montreal in 2005. Ryan Braun had two hits and two R-B-I's for the Brewers, who lost two straight to the Nationals but maintained their four-and-a-half game lead in the National League Central. Former U-W Stevens Point right-hander Jordan Zimmermann of Auburndale took a no-hitter into the fourth inning for Washington. He struck out nine in six frames, giving up two runs on six hits. Brewers' starter Yovani Gallardo gave up a run on four hits in six innings. Tyler Clippard threw a scoreless 15th to get the win. He's now 5-and-2. Rafael Soriano threw a 1-2-3 final frame to earn his 18th save. Anthony Rendon homered for the Nationals, who have now won four straight overall. They still with a two-game lead in the N-L East. The Brewers lost only their second series in their last ten. They'll close this one out this afternoon. Right-hander Marco Estrada faces Nationals' right-hander Stephen Strasburg.
Former Brewers' outfielder Tony Gwynn Junior was given a standing ovation last night, in his first Major League at-bat since his Hall-of-Fame father died nine days ago. Gwynn came to the plate as a pinch-hitter for Philadelphia in the eighth inning of a 7-to-4 home win over Miami. Once the normally-tough Philly crowd rose to its feet, Marlins' catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia paid a visit to the mound -- which extended the fans' tribute. After the game, Gwynn broke down while talking about his father, and the support he was given by the Philadelphia fans. Tony Gwynn Senior won eight National League batting titles and played in two World Series during his 20-year career with San Diego. He died from cancer June 16th at age 54. The younger Gwynn came up in the Brewers' organization, and played three seasons for the Crew from 2006-through-08.
Despite what many pundits think, Milwaukee Bucks' general manager John Hammond says his team has more than two great choices with the Number-two pick in tomorrow night's draft. Now that Kansas center Joel Embiid is out of the picture with his broken foot, most of the attention has gone to Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins and Duke forward Jabari Parker. On Monday, Bucks' co-owner Marc Lasry said the team would most likely take either Wiggins or Parker, depending on who Cleveland selects with the top overall pick. Hammond tried downplaying that yesterday during his pre-draft news conference, calling it "more than a two-player draft." The Bucks have also given consideration to Australian point guard Dante Exum as a possibility for the Number-two pick. Hammond also refused to rule out Embiid, saying the Bucks need to keep all of their options open. Hammond said he's been getting plenty of calls from teams seeking a trade for the Number-two pick -- and he said it's no surprise.
Wisconsin high school football teams might have to reduce their player-on-player contact for practices which begin in just over a month. Tomorrow, the W-I-A-A's Board of Control will decide whether to adopt new guidelines for this fall's season -- or put the idea through a committee process for a possible adoption in 2015. The state coaches' association has been working with W-I-A-A leaders and medical advisers on a plan which would address increasing concerns about the safety of football. Coaches' association director Dan Brunner said it would put Wisconsin "ahead of the curve" before new policies are mandated on the national level. Among other things, full contact practices with pads would not occur until the seventh day of workouts -- as oppose to the current fourth day. Competition-type contact, excluding scrimmages, would be limited to 75-minutes in the second week, and 60-minutes a week after that.
In golf, Ryan Helminen of Menasha remains in a tie for third place going into today's final round of the P-G-A Professional National Championship. Helminen shot a two-over-par 74 in his third round yesterday in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. The 39-year-old teaching pro at Neenah started with three bogeys -- and he had five of them on the day. Helminen remains under par for the tournament, thanks to his minus-four round on Sunday. He's at one-under-215, four strokes behind first-place Jamie Broce.
Wisconsin Badgers' senior Kimberly Dinh is in a three-way tie for the lead going into today's third and final round of the Michigan State Women's Open. Dinh, a native of Midland, saw a five-stroke lead disappear during yesterday's second round at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville. She shot a one-over-par 73, after a tournament-record 10-under-62 in her opening round on Monday. Becca Huffer and Ashlan Ramsey bought caught up yesterday. All three are at nine-under after 36 holes.