Morning State Sports Roundup: Brewers win againWisconsin Sports
-- Khris Davis has homered in three straight games – and his latest shot gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-to-3 exhibition win over the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday.
PHOENIX - Khris Davis has homered in three straight games – and his latest shot gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 4-3 exhibition win over the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday.
Davis, who’s filling in for Ryan Braun in left field, hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning. He also singled and walked, while raising his Cactus League batting average for the spring to .348. Starter Mark Rogers gave up two unearned runs in three innings, with three hits and three walks. Manager Ron Roenicke said Rogers’ pitching command comes-and-goes – and he’s just now starting to get some breaking balls over the plate. The Milwaukee relievers had a better showing yesterday. Alfredo Figaro gave up one hit in three innings with three strikeouts. Michael Olmsted struck out a pair in the ninth to get his second save of the spring. The Brewers are now 6-and-6 in the Cactus League. They’ll play Texas this afternoon.
The Brewers made several personnel moves yesterday involving eight pitchers. They optioned left-hander Miguel De Los Santos to Triple-“A” Nashville, and right-handers Santo Manzanillo and Ariel Pena to Double-“A” Huntsville. Five young hurlers were sent to the Brewers’ minor league camp – Taylor Jungmann, Arcenio Leon, Darren Byrd, Jed Bradley, and Jairo Asencio. De Los Santos and Asencio were still in the Dominican Republic at last word, due to issues with their visas.
New York Giants’ defensive end Chris Canty made a free-agent visit to the Green Bay Packers yesterday. His agent said there were no talks on a possible contract, and he won’t talk with Packer officials until at least today to see what they might be thinking. Canty was a key member of the Giants’ Super Bowl-winning defense just over a year ago. He was cut last month for salary cap reasons. Media reports say the 30-year-old Canty has already visited Kansas City and Tennessee, and the Titans have made an offer.
Steve Stricker of Madison is tied for sixth after the first round of the World Golf Championships’ Cadillac tournament at Doral in South Florida. Stricker shot a five-under-par 67 yesterday on the TPC Blue Monster course. He’s one stroke behind five leaders – Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell, Bubba Watson, Sergio Garcia, and Freddie Jacobsen. Meanwhile, Madison golfer Jerry Kelly is struggling at the PGA’s Puerto Rico Open. Kelly shot a four-over-par 76 in his first round yesterday at Rio Grande. He’s tied for 120th.
Madison area native Amanda Kessel has been named the WCHA women’s hockey player-of-the-year. Kessel had 34 goals and 41 assists for an undefeated Minnesota team in the regular season. Kessel is a junior, and is a sister of NHL All-Star Phil Kessel. She led the league in goals, assists, and total points. And both Kessel and Wisconsin’s Brianna Decker are among the 10 finalists for the Patty Kazmaier award as the national player-of-the-year. Decker was one of three Badgers getting all-conference honors. She made the first team for the third year in a row. Decker ranks seventh all-time in the NCAA with 115 career goals. Also, Badgers’ goal-tender Alex Rigsby received second-team honors for the second straight time. And Badgers’ defenseman Courtney Burke was named to the league’s rookie team. The awards were presented yesterday, on the eve of the WCHA’s Final Face-Off in Minneapolis. The Badgers will play North Dakota in a semi-final this afternoon, and then Ohio State will face Minnesota. The winners go for the league title tomorrow night.
The Milwaukee Wave won its Major Indoor Soccer League playoff opener last night, 12-10 in overtime at Missouri. Giuliano Oliviero scored the game-winning goal at the 8:48 mark of the extra period. The Comets dropped to 13-14. Milwaukee improved to 22-5, and can win its two-game series on Sunday at home. If Missouri wins, a tie-breaker will determine which team moves on.