Afternoon Sports Brief - Brewers look to defeat San Diego Padres tonight at Miller ParkWisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Brewers have not won three straight at home this season.
The Milwaukee Brewers have not won three straight at home this season. But they could do it tonight with a victory over the San Diego Padres at Miller Park. Milwaukee just took 2-3 from the Chicago Cubs at home. That improved the Brewers’ record to 14-16 at Miller Park, after they had the Majors’ best home mark a year ago at 57-24. We might see more of Aramis Ramirez tonight. The Brewers’ third baseman has missed most of five games with a strained quad muscle. But he was a pinch hitter yesterday, and he was intentionally walked before he left for a pinch runner. Ramirez is batting .349 in his last 12 contests with three homers and 11 RBI’s. Right hander Shaun Marcum will start for Milwaukee tonight against San Diego right hander Edinson Volquez. Marcum is 4-3 with a 3.39 ERA. He has allowed just two runs in his last 14 innings. Volquez is 2-5 with a 3.42 ERA. He’s coming off a no decision against Arizona last Saturday in which he gave up two runs in six innings with five walks. The Brewers are 26-31 overall. San Diego is 19-39 with six straight road losses.
In the Midwest League, the division leading Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will continue their home series against Clinton tonight. The Rattlers lead the Western Division by two games over second place Beloit. That’s after Wisconsin lost to Clinton 2-1 last night, while Beloit won at Burlington 4-3. That series continues tonight as well. Wisconsin is 37-23 for the first half, and is five games up on third place Kane County. Lansing has the league’s best record at 41-18. The Lugnuts lead the Eastern Division by nine and a half over Bowling Green, and those two teams will play again tonight at Lansing. Also this evening, Kane County hosts Quad Cities. Peoria entertains Cedar Rapids. Fort Wayne plays at West Michigan. Lake County is at Dayton. And South Bend hosts Great Lakes.
In golf, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman fell out of the lead this morning at the PGA Champions Tour’s second major of the year. But Forsman was still second behind Bill Glasson after 11 holes of his second round at the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek Alabama. Forsman was one under for his round during the noon hour and he was at seven under for the tournament, one stroke behind Glasson who was at two under after nine for his round. Bernhard Langer was in third place at five under. Forsman and Glasson shared the lead after yesterday’s first round.
Fox Point native Skip Kendall plunged down the leader board today at the PGA’s Fed Ex Saint Jude Classic in Memphis. Kendall shot a four over par 74 in his second round, putting him at three over 143 after two rounds. If the projected cut stays where it is, Kendall won’t be around for the weekend. The cut line was at two over during the lunch hour, and Kendall was just a stroke below that in a tie for 86th. He started the day in a tie for 18th. J B Holmes was the mid day leader at six under.
If you have NFL Network, you can watch Milwaukee’s Arena Football League team tonight on TV. The Mustangs will host the Philadelphia Soul at the Bradley Center beginning at seven o’clock. Milwaukee is 4-7, and it broke a three game losing streak with an 81-68 win over San Jose last Saturday. The Mustangs have not won back to back games since late March. Philadelphia lost to the Mustangs 64-63 on May fifth. But Philly is 9-3, after winning seven of its last nine and they’re 5-1 on the road. Among other things, the Soul does a good job of winning the turnover battle. It has Arena Football’s third est turnover margin at plus 0.