WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Late surge lifts Brewers to win over to D-Backs
PHOENIX - The Milwaukee Brewers scored six runs in the final two innings last night to win at Arizona, 9-3.
The score was tied at three in the eighth when Diamondbacks' reliever Will Harris came in with two out, and the Brewers did their damage. Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy both walked. Aramis Ramirez then belted the game-winning hit with a two-run double. Khris Davis added an RBI- single. The Crew scored three more in the ninth, highlighted by a two-run triple from Braun. Davis also had an RBI-triple in the game, and Scooter Gennett homered to help Milwaukee win its fourth contest in its last six. Wily Peralta won his third straight start, giving up three runs in seven innings with six strikeouts. He's now 7-5. Harris took the loss in relief. He's 0-2. Diamondbacks' starter Brandon McCarthy gave up three runs in seven innings, and had a two-run single. Roger Kieschnick went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored, as Arizona now lost 5-of-6. D-Backs' manager Kirk Gibson was ejected in the ninth for complaining about a call at third base after it was upheld by replay. The two teams will play again tonight. Brewers' right-hander Kyle Lohse faces Arizona southpaw Wade Miley.
We don't know yet whether Milwaukee Brewers' center-fielder Carlos Gomez can play tonight at Arizona. He sat out last night's six-run victory over the Diamondbacks with a sore hamstring. Manager Ron Roenicke said after the game he hoped Gomez could return tonight. The Brewers miss his offensive production when he's not in the lineup, as the Crew is 3-and-4 without Gomez this season. The Brewers' leading All-Star candidate has a team-high 38 RBI's with a .313 batting average. Gomez has a 13-game streak, the longest for any Brewer since his 14-game string a year ago. Gomez has also reached base in 30 straight games. That's the most in the Majors, and it's the longest for a Milwaukee player since Prince Fielder had a 33-game on-base streak in 2007. The Brewers have won seven of their last 11 contests, and they continue to lead the National League Central Division by three-and-a-half games over second-place Saint Louis. Veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse starts for the Crew tonight against Arizona left-hander Wade Miley.
Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke was a teammate of Tony Gwynn's when the San Diego Padres went to the World Series in 1984. The 54-year-old Gwynn died yesterday, after battling salivary gland cancer in recent years. Roenicke remembered the Hall-of-Fame outfielder as a nice man whose work ethic was amazing. He never struck out more than 40 times in any of his 20 seasons, and he amassed 31-hundred-41 hits by the time his career ended in 2001. Gwynn's son, Tony Jr., came up in the Brewers' organization and spent his first three big league seasons with the Crew. He still talks to Milwaukee second baseman Rickie Weeks, who said Gwynn's father would occasionally come around and lend advice. Weeks says he feels for the entire Gwynn family. Tony Gwinn Junior is now 31. He plays for Philadelphia, which put him on its bereavement list yesterday.
The Class-"A" Midwest League will hold its 50th All-Star Game tonight in Comstock Park, Michigan. The event normally features a pre-game Home Run Derby. This year, however, there will be a "Lost Art of Bunting" contest instead. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have five players on the Western Division All-Star squad -- catcher Clint Coulter, third baseman Taylor Brennan, and pitchers Taylor Williams, Preston Gainey, and Barrett Astin. The Beloit Snappers have four All-Stars on the West team -- outfielder, Boog Powell, infielder Luis Baez, and pitchers Andres Avila and Kyle Finnegan. Coulter, Brennan, and Powell are among the starting position players for the West.
The state high school spring baseball tournament is scheduled to begin today near Appleton with the Division 1 quarterfinals and semifinals. Six games are on the docket at Fox Cities Stadium, weather permitting. Thunderstorms are in the forecast. Defending champion Sun Prairie is scheduled to play this morning's opener against Stevens Point at eight o'clock. Bay Port and Janesville Parker are to square up after that. The other Division-One quarter-finals are set for this afternoon. Middleton is to face Wilmot, and Kimberly is due to play Hartford. If those four games get in, the winners will play in the D-1 semifinals tonight. Semis in the other three divisions are set for tomorrow. Four championship games are now scheduled for Thursday. At least two new champs will be crowned. Last year's Division 2 titlist Lodi did not return-to-state, and neither did D-4 champion Greenwood.
The 18th annual state Women's Open golf tournament begins today at Maple Bluff Country Club in Madison. The 36-hole event is scheduled to run through tomorrow. Amateur Lisbeth Brooks is the defending champion. Sixty-two pros and amateurs will compete.
The Packers apparently have enough salary cap space to finalize a contract extension for receivers Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb -- or perhaps to work out a new deal with tight end Jermichael Finley. The Green Bay Press-Gazette says the Packers are about $13.5 million dollars under this year's NFL salary cap. That's partially due to a carry from last year's cap of almost ten-million dollars. Green Bay has signed all nine of its draft picks, so that's no longer an issue. Nelson and Cobb are both entering the final years of their current deals. Nelson has said he'd like to get a new deal before the start of the season if he can. Cobb also wants to stay with the Pack, but he says it's out of his hands. The 27-year-old Finley is coming off spinal fusion surgery after his serious neck injury last October. He remains a free agent. Today, the Packers are starting their June mini-camp which runs through Thursday.
Testimony is beginning today in the trial of a former University of Wisconsin football recruit. A jury was picked yesterday to decide the fate of 18-year-old Dominic Cizauskas of Mukwonago. He's charged with third-degree sexual assault, for allegedly molesting a female acquaintance in a UW-Madison dorm room. Authorities said it happened last December, when Cizauskas was on an official recruiting visit to the campus. Prosecutors said he had ten shots of liquor before arriving at the dorm. Attorneys say numerous text messages between Cizauskas and the victim will be introduced as evidence during the trial, which is scheduled to run through tomorrow in Dane County Circuit Court. Cizauskas was a standout linebacker at Mukwonago High School. He had committed to play for the Badgers, but his name was left off the school's list of signers in February.
In Major League Baseball...
Milwaukee 9, Arizona 3
Chicago Cubs 5, Miami 4 in 13 innings
Boston 1, Minnesota 0
Kansas City 11, Detroit 8
In the Midwest League...
No games scheduled, All-Star break
In the Northwoods League...
Lakeshore 5, Madison 4 in Game-One
Lakeshore 2, Madison 0 in Game-Two
La Crosse 4, Wisconsin Rapids 2
Wisconsin 8, Kalamazoo 1
Green Bay 6, Battle Creek 5 in 13 innings
Eau Claire 4, Duluth 2, suspended by rain in 2nd inning
Kenosha at Mankato, postponed