WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers' winning streak ended by Cardinals
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers ended a nine-game winning streak when they were shut out at home last night by Saint Louis, 4-0.
The Brewers had only three hits -- all off Cardinals' starter Lance Lynn. He struck out 11 in seven innings, walking three as he won his third straight start to begin the season. Matt Garza also went seven frames for Milwaukee. He gave up a solo homer in the second to Jhonny Peralta, and a three-run blast in the sixth to Jon Jay. Garza struck out six and surrendered a total of nine hits with one walk. The loss dropped him to 0-and-2. The Brewers also ended a team-record string of 26 games in which their starters gave up three earned runs or less. It was tied for the third-longest streak in the Majors since 1990. Two of Milwaukee's three hits were doubles from Jean Segura and Logan Schafer. Both teams left six runners on base. The Cardinals won their third straight, and they're now 30-and-11 against the Brewers since August of 2011. The Brewers and Cardinals will play each other again tonight at Miller Park. Right-hander Marco Estrada faces Saint Louis right-hander Shelby Miller.
Former UW-Stevens Point starter Jordan Zimmermann earned his first win of the season last night for the Washington Nationals. He went seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits as the Nationals won at Miami, 9-2. Zimmermann, a right-hander from Auburndale in central Wisconsin, struck out seven as he tied Livan Hernandez for the most career wins in a Washington uniform with 44. Zimmermann said he threw a lot better, after going just one-and-two-thirds innings against the Marlins last week. He said he was getting ahead in the count with his fastball. Zimmermann is now 1-0 on the young season.
The Milwaukee Bucks clinched the season's worst-record in the NBA, and the top spot in the Draft Lottery, after losing at Toronto last night 110-100. Had the Bucks won, they still would have secured the league's worst mark after Philadelphia nailed down the second-to-last spot with a five-point home win over Boston. Milwaukee is now 15-66. The Bucks lost their 14th straight away from home, ending their road season at 5-36. Toronto set a new team record with its 48th victory. The Raptors rested All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan, as they keep hanging on to the Number-three playoff spot in the East. Greivis Vasquez filled in and scored 25 points -- giving him 51 in two games against Milwaukee this month. Toronto led by 22 in the second quarter before the Bucks chipped away. The Raptors led by six with with 6:14 left. But Milwaukee guard Ramon Sessions got a technical foul, and Toronto then went on a 12-to-3 run to take control. Sessions led Milwaukee with 21 points. Brandon Knight scored 18 as he returned from a hip injury. Milwaukee out-scored Toronto in the paint 50-to-38. The Raptors went 4-0 against Milwaukee this season, after starting the year with 10 straight losses to the Bucks. Milwaukee will close out its season tomorrow night at home against Atlanta.
Milwaukee Admirals' goal-tender Marek Mazanec has been named the American Hockey League's player of the week. He won all three of his starts last week, while giving up an average of just one goal per game. Mazanec stopped 80-of-83 shots in those contests.
University of Wisconsin senior Michelle Mueller is the Big Ten softball player of the week. The senior third baseman belted four homers with 18 RBI in four Badgers' victories over North Dakota and Illinois. Mueller hit a grand slam against the Fighting Sioux. She also homered in three consecutive plate appearances in a game against Illinois in which she set a UW record for the most RBI's in a game with eight. Mueller batted .600 last week, with an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of 2.12