State Baseball Roundup: Hart's grand slam in the eighth ends losing streakWisconsin Sports
-- Corey Hart belted a grand slam in the eighth inning last night to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 7-4 come-from-behind victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Miller Park.
MILWAUKEE - Corey Hart belted a grand slam in the eighth inning last night to give the Milwaukee Brewers a 7-4 come-from-behind victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Miller Park.
Rickie Weeks started the rally with two out, when he reached on a throwing error by third baseman Kevin Frandsen. Josh Lindblom then relieved Phillies’ starter Cliff Lee. Ryan Braun was intentionally walked, and Aramis Ramirez got a free pass before Hart pounded his second career grand slam. And that was after Hart struck out three times against Lee, who tied a season-high with 12 K’s. Lee also gave up a pair of solo homers to Ryan Braun – his first since August first. Ramirez also homered. Lindblom took the loss and dropped to 2-3. Livan Hernandez struck out a pair in the eighth to get the win. He’s now 4-1. Jim Henderson picked up his third save. Brewers’ starter Marco Estrada gave up four runs in five innings, and he’s now gone 15 starts without a win, dating back to last August.
The Brewers won their seventh straight home game, while ending a three-game overall losing streak. They’ll host the Phillies again tonight. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo starts against Phillies’ righty Vance Worley.
Brewers’ starter Shaun Marcum will have a bullpen session today. And then manager Ron Roenicke will decide if he’ll return to the rotation next week. Marcum gave up two earned runs in three-and-two-thirds innings of his second-and-final rehab start for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Wednesday night. Roenicke said Marcum’s cut fast-balls were sliding too much in the final inning – and the skipper says he wants Marcum to have full command of his pitches before returning to a big league game. Marcum has been out since mid-June with tightness in his right throwing elbow.
The La Crosse Loggers are just one victory away from their first Northwoods League title. The Loggers crushed the Moondogs 12-2 in Mankato Minnesota last night, to win the opener of the best-of-three Summer Collegiate World Series. La Crosse jumped out to a 7-1 lead after four innings. The Loggers added two more runs in the sixth, and three in the ninth. Brandon Bednar went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored. Alex Gunn got the win, giving up two runs in six-and-a-third innings while striking out three. The series moves to La Crosse tonight, where the Loggers can wrap it up with a win. If they don’t, a third-and-deciding game will be played in La Crosse tomorrow night.