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WISCONSIN SPORTS BRIEFS: Cubs win first series in Milwaukee in three years

MILWAUKEE - The Chicago Cubs won their first series in Milwaukee in almost three years, after beating the Brewers 7-2 yesterday afternoon in the rubber game of their three-game set at Miller Park.

The Cubs pulled away with a four-run rally in the third inning which made it 6-nothing at that point. Caleb Gindl and Juan Francisco committed key errors before Dioner Navarro belted a three-run homer. Meanwhile, the Brewer offense could hardly do anything against Matt Garza, who struck out a season-high 10 in seven innings, while giving up a run on eight hits. Garza also went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored a run. He improved to 3-1. Wily Peralta took the loss, giving up all seven Chicago runs in five innings. He’s now 5-9. The Brewers didn’t score until the sixth, when Logan Schafer hit a run-scoring double. Francisco homered for the third straight day, a solo blast in the eighth. Rickie Weeks extended his career-high hitting streak to 11 games. Jean Segura, the National League hits leader with 102, extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Sean Halton singled for his first Major League hit, after the Brewers called him up late Wednesday night.

The Cubs took 2-of-3, winning their first Miller Park series since September of 2010. The Brewers have a two-game losing streak, and are now a game behind the Cubs in last place in the NL Central. The Crew opens a series at Pittsburgh tonight. Brewers’ right-hander Johnny Hellweg will make his big league debut against Pirates’ right-hander Gerrit Cole. 


Pewaukee native Mark Wilson is tied for 101st going into today’s second round of the PGA tournament near Washington D.C. Wilson shot a four-over-par 75 yesterday at the AT&T National at the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. He’s the only Wisconsin player at the event. Roberto Castro has the first-round lead at five-under-66.


Rhinelander native Dan Forsman is tied for 30th after Round-One of the Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh. Forsman shot an even-par 70 yesterday. John Huston has the first-round lead at five-under-65. 


Beloit Snappers’ pitcher Michael Ynoa has been named to the World Team for the All-Star Futures’ Game on July 14th in New York. Ynoa is 2-and-1 for Beloit this season with a 1.95 ERA in 50-and-two-thirds innings. Also, Snappers’ third baseman Renato Nunez is one of the candidates for the final spot on the World team, which will play a squad of American-born prospects in the Futures’ Game. Fans can vote for the final player on each team. More information on that is at The Milwaukee Brewers only have one minor league prospect taking part this year – Triple-“A” Nashville starter Jimmy Nelson, who will be on the U.S. team.   


More honors are rolling in for Madison area native Amanda Kessel. The University of Minnesota hockey junior has been named the Big Ten Conference Female Athlete-of-the-Year. Kessel earlier received player-of-the-year honors from USA Hockey, U.S. College Hockey Online, and the WCHA. She led Minnesota to a 41-0 record and its second straight national title last season. Kessel was also a first-team All-American, and the Patty Kazmaier Award winner as the nation’s top women’s player. She became only the fourth woman in NCAA to score over 100 points in a season, with a total plus-minus ratio of 71. Next season, she’s giving up her senior year with Minnesota to play for Team USA in the 2014 Olympics. Indiana track athlete Derek Drouin was named the Big Ten’s Male Athlete of the Year.


Aaron Rodgers was none-too-pleased when ESPN reporter Jeremy Schaap made a mistake on live TV. Schaap was reporting on the murder case involving former New England tight end Aaron Hernandez, when he mistakenly said there was evidence that might be quote, “implicating Aaron Rodgers.” Schaap quickly corrected the miscue – but it was left out of the video clip that somebody put on You-Tube. Rodgers tweeted, “Not funny ESPN.” Schaap, one of the network’s top reporters, tweeted quote, “Trust me … not my first slip of the tongue, even today.” He also emphasized that he made a quick correction, quote, “which of course the clip did not include.”   



In Major League Baseball…

Chicago Cubs 7, Milwaukee 2

Minnesota 3, Kansas City 1

Angels of Anaheim 3, Detroit 1 in 10 innings

In the Midwest League…

Wisconsin 5, Clinton 4 in 11 innings

Kane County 8, Beloit 7 in 10 innings

Peoria 5, Quad Cities 4

Cedar Rapids 9, Burlington 0

Fort Wayne 8, Lansing 1

South Bend 4, Bowling Green 2

Great Lakes 3, Lake County 1

Dayton 5, West Michigan 0

In the Northwoods League…

Lakeshore 10, La Crosse 5

Madison 13, Wisconsin 6

Eau Claire 7, Wisconsin Rapids 5

Green Bay 3, Battle Creek 2 in 13 innings

Duluth 3, Willmar 2

Mankato 12, Saint Cloud 11

Waterloo 6, Thunder Bay 4

Alexandria 3, Rochester 2 in Game-One

Alexandria 5, Rochester 3 in Game-Two