WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers swept in SF, now tied for division lead
SAN FRANCISCO - A lost weekend in San Francisco has dropped the Milwaukee Brewers into a tie for first place in the National League Central Division.
Sunday’s 15-5 pasting completed the sweep for the Giants. Kyle Lohse took the loss after giving up seven runs in less than six innings. Martin Maldonado and Ryan Braun had homers for Milwaukee, but other than a brief early lead, the visitors were dominated. The three-game set saw San Francisco outscoring the Brewers 31-8. That was a season-high fifth-straight road loss and it means the Brewers don’t have sole possession of the division’s top spot for the first time since July 20th. Martin Bumgarner picked up his third straight win for the Giants. Pablo Sandoval had three hits, a home run and three runs batted in. Hunter Pence went four-for-five. The Brewers play in Chicago this afternoon with a Labor Day first-pitch time of 1:20 p.m. Right hander Jimmy Nelson looks for his third win for Milwaukee.
The Milwaukee Brewers will be sending two players to be named later to Cincinnati in exchange for hard-throwing reliever Jonathan Broxton. The right hander is four-and-two this season with a 1.86 earned run average. He has seven saves in 51 appearances and he is expected to become the set-up man for closer Francisco Rodriguez. Broxton will join the Brewers today in Chicago.
All 10 players signed to the Green Bay Packers practice squad were with the team during the preseason. The transactions were announced yesterday by the league.
(PRACTICE TEAM: S-Chris Banjo, WR-Kevin Dorsey, C-Garth Gerhart, WR-Alex Gillett, RB-Michael Hill, LB-Adrian Hubbard, TE-Justin Perillo, DE-Luther Robinson, T-Jeremy Vujnovich, WR-Myles White.)
Russell Henley holds a one-shot lead going into today’s final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship. It’s the second leg of the four-event Fed-Ex Cup playoff. The only Wisconsin golfer in the field is Madison’s Jerry Kelly. He shot a one-under-par 70 Sunday and is two-over for the first three rounds. Kelly is tied for 59th. At the Champions Tour Shaw Charity Classic, Rhinelander native Dan Forsman bounced back from his bad round Saturday. He shot an even-par 70 and finished the three-day competition at six-over-par, good for a tie for 76th. Forsman finished 21 shots off the pace.
Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth finished 1-2 at the Oral-B USA 500 Sunday night in Atlanta. Both drivers have clinched positions in the 10-race Sprint for the Cup. Only two of the 16 spots are still open. Beloit-born Danica Patrick finished strong in sixth and Eau Claire’s Paul Menard was 18th. Tony Stewart was knocked out of the race and he will have to win next weekend at Richmond to qualify for the Sprint for the Cup.
Necedah’s Johnny Sauter still leads the point standings for the Camping World Truck Series, but his lead is down to seven points over Matt Crafton. Sauter finished 8th Sunday at the Chevrolet Silverado 250 in Ontario. Ryan Blaney was the winner. He now trails Sauter by 13 points.
--National League Central Division
San Francisco 15, Milwaukee 5
St. Louis 9, Chicago 6
Cincinnati 3, Pittsburgh 2
--Regional Major League Action
Baltimore 12, Minnesota 8
Chicago 6, Detroit 2
Wisconsin 13, Beloit 2