Afternoon State Sports Briefs: Brewers first MLB team in 13 years to score on two sacrifice buntsWisconsin Sports
-- The Elias Sports Bureau said the Brewers did something last night that no Major League team has done in almost 13 years – score on two sacrifice bunts and two sacrifice flies in the same game.
CHICAGO - The Elias Sports Bureau said the Brewers did something last night that no Major League team has done in almost 13 years – score on two sacrifice bunts and two sacrifice flies in the same game.
Shaun Marcum and Carlos Gomez each had RBI’s with their sacrifice bunts in Milwaukee’s win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. And Jonathan Lucroy and Aramis Ramirez each drove in runs with sac flies. Journal Sentinel beat writer Tom Haudricourt thought it was a rare feat – and he had the Brewers check with the Elias Sports Bureau. And they found that the Chicago White Sox was the last team to have two run-scoring bunts and two-RBI sac flies on May 10th of 1989. Ironically, the Sox beat the Brewers in that game, 12-2 at the old Milwaukee County Stadium.
Chris Narveson will make his season debut for the Milwaukee Brewers tonight, when they play the Cubs in Chicago. The left-hander is 5-1 in six career starts against the Cubbies, while giving up two-and-three-quarter earned runs every nine innings. Narveson went 11-8 for Milwaukee last season with an ERA of 4.45. And the Brewers won all but four of his final 17 starts. The Cubs will send veteran left-hander Paul Maholm to the mound. He signed a one-year contract in January after Pittsburgh let him go. Maholm went 6-and-14 for the Pirates last year with a 3.66 ERA – but he went 0-5 in his final seven outings. Maholm is 1-8 in his last 16 starts against Milwaukee. The Cubs are 1-3 on the young campaign. Milwaukee is at 2-2, after a two-run victory last night.
Emory Nelms of Beloit College is the baseball performer-of-the-week in the Midwest Conference. And Alex Norman of Beloit is the league’s top pitcher. Nelms, a senior catcher, went 9-for-15 at the plate last week with seven walks, nine RBI’s, six runs scored, and an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of one-point-four-nine-two. Norman, a senior, gave up nine hits in a 3-1 complete-game victory over Carroll last Friday. In softball, Stephanie Rieuwpassa of Ripon is the position player-of-the-week. The junior infielder batted .438 while driving in at least one run in all four of her contests last week. Rieuwpassa went 3-for-4 with a homer against Oshkosh, while tossing a one-hit shutout on the mound. But she did not also get the pitcher-of-the-week honors. That went to Alyssa Edler of Monmouth.