WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Fiers strikes out 14 in Brewers' win
CHICAGO - Mike Fiers struck out a career-high 14 batters -- the most ever by a Milwaukee Brewer in a road game -- as the Crew topped the Cubs in Chicago 6-2 yesterday.
Fiers went six scoreless innings in his second start in place of the injured Matt Garza. The Brewers went up 3-nothing in the first frame and never looked back. Khris Davis and Mark Reynolds homered for the Crew, and Scooter Gennett had a two-run double. The Cubs got both their runs late on a single from Chris Valaika. Cubs' shortstop Starlin Castro ended a 13-game hitting streak. Fiers gave up a walk and three hits. His 14 K's were the second-most in Brewers' history, behind Ben Sheets' 18 strikeouts in a home game against Atlanta in 2004. The win improved Fiers to 2-and-1 on the year. Edwin Jackson took the loss, giving up five runs in four-and-two-thirds' innings. It ended a string of seven quality starts for the Cubs, and it dropped Jackson's mark to 6-13. The Brewers split their four-game series at Wrigley Field. They extended their lead in the National League Central Division to two games over Saint Louis, which moved into second with a win last night. Pittsburgh fell to third at two-and-a-half back. The Brewers open a weekend series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles tonight.
Brewers' manager Ron Roenicke says he won't decide for two-or-three days whether Kyle Lohse will make his next start. Lohse aggravated an injured right ankle on Wednesday night against the Chicago Cubs, and went just three innings. It helps that the Brewers are off on Monday. It pushes Lohse's turn in the rotation to Tuesday night, when the Crew hosts Toronto. Roenicke says the veteran right-hander will have to get a lot better by then. As the skipper put it ... "I hate to put him out there again, if that thing is going to still bother him. Then you worry about the next start after it." For now, Lohse continues to get treatment. He says he'll pitch when he can.
The Brewers have announced options for fans who want to buy post-season tickets for games at Miller Park. Tickets to the Wild Card, Division Series, League Championship Series, and World Series will be available to those place down a full-season deposit for next year. Tickets to all playoff rounds except the World Series will be available for those buying 20-game plans for next season. In both cases, next year's deposits will be lower for those who buy 10-game Fan's Choice plans by August 24th for the rest of this season. More information is available at Brewers.com
The Lakeshore Chinooks took Game-One of the Northwoods League Summer Collegiate World Series, with a 5-4 win at Mankato, Minn. in 13 innings last night. The Chinooks had a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth when Levi Scott hit a solo homer to send the game to extra innings. Jake Noll scored the winning run on an error by Ridge Smith, after Noll doubled to lead off the 13th. Chinooks' catcher Zack Bowers went 2-for-6 with a double, two RBI's, and a run scored. The Chinooks are now 3-0 in the playoffs. Game-Two of the title series is tonight in Mequon.
The Green Bay Packers will hold a closed practice today, before heading to Saint Louis for an exhibition game against the Rams tomorrow afternoon. Head Coach Mike McCarthy says five players will not make the trip. They include rookie tight end Colt Lyerla, running back Rajion Neal, and linebacker Joe Thomas. Thomas and Neal did not practice this week, after they were hurt in last weekend's exhibition loss at Tennessee. McCarthy said Thomas could return next week. Defensive tackle Letroy Guion, who has missed all of Training Camp with a bad hamstring, will join the team but won't play.
Henry Ellenson of Rice Lake scored 21 points for the U-S Under-17 basketball team in a 113-71 pounding of China in the quarter-finals of the World Championships in Dubai. Ellenson, a senior forward-and-center, made 10-of-12 shots from the floor and had ten rebounds. Diamond Stone of Whitefish Bay Dominican had 17 points and eight rebounds. The senior forward-center also set an Under-17 single game record with five blocked shots. That raised his total to 20 blocks in five games, all U.S. victories. The Americans will play Serbia this afternoon in the semifinals.
Pewaukee native Mark Wilson is tied for 98th place after the opening round of the PGA's Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina. Wilson shot a one-over-par 71 yesterday. Camilo Villegas is the first-round leader at seven-under-63.
The University of Wisconsin women's soccer team scored a 1-0 exhibition victory at Marquette last night. Cara Wells scored the only goal of the match in the seventh minute.