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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers lose a series at Wrigley for the first time since 2011

CHICAGO -- The Milwaukee Brewers lost their first series at Wrigley Field since September of 2011, after falling to the Chicago Cubs 4-2 yesterday.  Cubs' starter Travis Wood took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, when he gave up a double to Logan Schafer and a two-run homer by Rickie Weeks which landed on Waveland Avenue.  The Milwaukee offense struggled again, as it was out-hit 8-3.  That was after the Crew only got four hits while being shut out on Saturday.  Wood struck out seven in seven innings to improve to 4-and-4.  Hector Rondon earned his fifth save.  Brewers' starter Marco Estrada suffered his first loss in six starts.  He gave up all four Chicago runs in five frames, including a two-run homer to Welington Castillo and a solo shot from Mike Olt.  Estrada struck out four, surrendering seven hits and two walks.  He fell to 3-and-2.  Milwaukee center-fielder Carlos Gomez sat out his fifth straight game, this time with a stomach virus.  The Brewers lost two-of-three at Wrigley, dropping only their 10th game in their last 34 to the Cubbies.  Milwaukee continues to have the second-best record in the National League at 27-and-17.  The Crew opens a four-game series at Atlanta tonight.  Right-hander Wily Peralta will face Braves' left-hander Mike Minor.

Brewers' reliever Jim Henderson said he was pain-free after throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session.  Henderson has been on the disabled list since May second with inflammation in his right throwing shoulder.  He said he still needs to clean out some mechanical cob-webs.  Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke said Henderson will need at least a couple of rehab appearances before rejoining the Milwaukee bullpen.  The amount of his final rehab is not certain yet.


In the Midwest League, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers scored six runs in the 10th inning yesterday to win at Peoria, 7-to-1.  Peoria's Arturo Reyes took a no-hitter into the seventh.  The 22-year-old right-hander ended his day after giving up his only hit -- a double to Wisconsin's Rafael Neda with two out in the top of the seventh.  The Rattlers' Michael Ratterree belted a solo homer in the ninth to send the game to extra innings.  The Brewers' lower-Class-"A" farm club then erupted for their 10th inning rally, ending a streak of 15-and-a-third scoreless innings by the Peoria bullpen. 


The U-W Whitewater baseball and softball teams are both in the national finals of their N-C-A-A Division-Three tournaments.  The Warhawk men are among eight regional winners heading to Fox Cities Stadium near Appleton for their D-Three World Series.  They'll play Southern Maine in the last of four opening contests on Friday.  Whitewater is 40-and-7.  Southern Maine is 35-and-13.  In the other Friday games at Appleton, defending national champion Linfield plays Saint Thomas.  Baldwin-Wallace opens against South College.  And Midwest plays New York-Cortland.  Meanwhile, the Whitewater women will open against Rochester New York on Thursday at the D-Three Softball World Series at Tyler Texas.  Whitewater is 37-and-11 after winning its Super Regional at Illinois Wesleyan.  Rochester is 32-and-12.  Both national finals have double-elimination formats.  They'll run through next Tuesday at the latest.


Wisconsin was blanked at Oregon 6-to-nothing in the final game of their N-C-A-A Division-One softball regional yesterday.  Courtney Ceo went 3-for-4 with a homer and three runs scored for the top-ranked Ducks, who advance to a Super Regional they'll be hosting next week.  Maria Van Abel had two of Wisconsin's five hits.  Taylor Paig-Stewart gave up six runs on 11 hits as she struck out five in a complete game.  The Badgers went 2-and-2 at the Oregon Regional.  They ended their season at 36-and-19, with the second-highest win total in school history.  U-W Green Bay was eliminated in the same regional, losing both its first two games. 


The Wisconsin men won their Big Ten outdoor track meet yesterday at West Lafayette Indiana.  The Badgers' victory was highlighted by a 1-2-3 showing in the five-thousand meters.  Mohammad Ahmed won the race.  Reed Connor was second, and Malachy Schrobilgen third.  It was 18th title the Badgers won in men's outdoor-and-indoor track since 2000.  On the women's side, Wisconsin placed 10 among 12 teams in their conference meet.  Molly Hanson was the Badgers' top finisher yesterday.  She placed third in the 15-hundred meters. ____________________

In golf, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman tied for 59th place at the Regions Tradition tournament on the P-G-A Champions Tour.  Forsman shot a three-over-par 75 yesterday in his fourth-and-final round in Shoal Creek Alabama.  He finished at 12-over-par-300.  Kenny Perry won the event at seven-under-281. _____________________

The Wisconsin women's rowing team placed third at the Big Ten Championships which ended yesterday at Indianapolis.  The Badgers' second-novice-eight won its third straight league crown.  The boat led by coxswain Jane Movrich defeated second-place Michigan by almost five seconds in the two-thousand meter final.  In men's rowing, the Badgers placed sixth at the Eastern Sprints in Worcester (woo-ster) Massachusetts.  Harvard took first.  The Badgers' second freshman eight won their grand final for the fourth year in a row.