WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Brewers fall to Chicago 4-2; lead still at 1.5 games
CHICAGO -- The Milwaukee Brewers still hold a one-and-a-half game division lead, despite losing their second straight to the Chicago Cubs, 4-to-2 last night at Wrigley Field. Brewers' starter Kyle Lohse left after three innings with an ankle injury -- and he might not be able to make his next start. Lohse aggravated a sore left ankle he's had during his last three outings. He got hurt during an at-bat in the top of the third -- and in the bottom of the frame, he gave up back-to-back homers to Javier Baez and Anthony Rizzo which proved to be the game-winners for Chicago. Tsuyoshi Wada held the Brewers scoreless until the seventh, when Rickie Weeks and Martin Maldonado hit back-to-back homers for the Crew's only scoring of the night. Maldonado also doubled. Wada struck out five in six-and-two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on five hits with a walk. He's now 2-and-1, as he threw the Cubs' seventh straight quality start. Hector Rendon earned his 16th save. Lohse gave up four runs on seven hits. The loss dropped him to 11-and-7. Milwaukee still preserves a one-and-a-half-game lead over Pittsburgh in the National League Central. Saint Louis is two back, and Cincinnati five-and-a-half back. Milwaukee will go for a split of its four-game set with the Cubs this afternoon. Right-hander Mike Fiers faces Cubs' righty Edwin Jackson.
The Lakeshore Chinooks will play at Mankato tonight, as the Northwoods League title series begins. Mankato made the Summer Collegiate World Series for the third time in the last four years, by winning the deciding game of the North Division finals 8-to-5 last night over Willmar. Lakeshore had the night off after sweeping the Wisconsin Woodchucks in the South finals on Monday and Tuesday nights. The title series is also a best-of-three. Lakeshore will be the host team tomorrow night in Mequon, and on Saturday if a third game is necessary. The Chinooks went 4-and-0 against Mankato in the regular season. Lakeshore is one of just three teams in Northwoods League history to win 50 games in a regular season. The Chinooks went 50-and-21. Mankato was 42-and-30.
The trading of Jerel Worthy from Green Bay to New England was made official late yesterday, when the N-F-L announced it. The league's transaction wire said the Packers will get an "unannounced" draft choice, and it didn't say when. Worthy, a defensive lineman from Michigan State, spent two injury-riddled seasons with Green Bay and has not practiced at all at Training Camp. Meanwhile, it's not just the players that get into a heated exchange at practice from time to time. Offensive line coach James Campen got into a shouting match with linebackers' coach Winston Moss -- after Moss was getting on running back Michael Hill during a defensive swarming drill. Both coaches denied any animosity, but guard T-J Lang said the coaches got into a real "fired-up" confrontation. Head coach Mike McCarthy downplayed it after practice, saying it wasn't personal and there's nothing wrong with what happened. A few players got into their own scuffles during yesterday's padded practice as well.
For the 30th year in a row, the Milwaukee Bucks will open their regular season on the road. The N-B-A announced the league schedule yesterday. The Bucks will open at Charlotte on October 29th -- and for a change, their home opener will not be on a Saturday night. That's set for Friday, October 31st against Philadelphia at the B-M-O Harris Bradley Center. LeBron James will play in Milwaukee twice with his Cleveland Cavaliers on March 22nd and April 8th. The Bucks will also play their first-ever regular season game in London on January 15th against the New York Knicks. Despite a high-profile ownership change and the hiring of coach Jason Kidd, the Bucks do not have any games scheduled for network television or cable broadcasts. Only two Milwaukee games are set for the N-B-A's pay T-V channel -- December 29th at Charlotte, and the January 15th London game.
For the second year in a row, Mequon's Jordan Niebrugge was eliminated from the Round-of-64 at the U-S Amateur golf tournament. Niebrugge lost his first match yesterday, after qualifying for the final-64 in two rounds of stroke play near Atlanta. Niebrugge lost to Will Zalatoris of Plano Texas 2-and-1.
Brewers' fans will not be hearing T-V broadcaster Bill Schroeder until next Tuesday, when the Crew hosts Toronto. Schroeder left the booth on Monday night when he right hand and arm flared up, following surgery last week on his right index finger. He was planning to return last night -- but after a discussion with team officials and doctors, it was decided that Schroeder would rest at home for a few days. Brewers' vice-president Tyler Barnes calls the move "an abundance of caution." Schroeder is in his 20th season as a Brewers' T-V analyst. He was a catcher with the team in the 1980's.