April 24, 2015

Veteran Bulls outlast young Bucks in 2OT, can clinch series Saturday

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Missed free throws and periods of stagnant offense were two of the biggest contributors to the Milwaukee Bucks losing Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Playoff series to the rival Bulls, 113-106, in double overtime.

Playing in front of an energetic, yet bi-partisan crowd at the Bradley Center, the Bucks surged to an 18-point second quarter, a lead that was quickly erased by an 18-0 Chicago run.

Trailing by ten with 2:50 remaining in regulation, Khris Middleton scored eight straight points to rally Milwaukee and force overtime. The Bulls started the second OT with a 12-0 to sieze control. [Read more…]

Losing streak ends at eight for Brewers with 4-2 win vs. Reds

Kyle Lohse - UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Kyle Lohse – UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Wondering how and when a rough, eight-game losing stretch would end, the Milwaukee Brewers finally put a whole game together to defeat the Cincinnati Reds, 4-2, ending the skid and avoiding a four-game sweep.

Kyle Lohse (1-3) lasted seven innings while striking out four to pick up his first win in four starts this season. He allowed two runs on three hits.

Lohse did falter in the fifth inning trying to protect a 1-0 lead. The righthander served up a two-run homer to Marlon Byrd, handing the Reds a one run advantage.

It didn’t last long, though, as Aramis Ramirez answered with his first home run of the year, a solo blast to even the game at two. Then in the seventh, Milwaukee (3-13) took advantage of a leadoff walk to Logan Schafer as Jean Segura connected on a two-out RBI single to center to give the Brewers the lead for good. [Read more…]

Brewers lose pitchers’ duel on wild pitch after Attanasio gives vote of confidence

Mark Attanasio - Photo: David Bernacchi/

Mark Attanasio – Photo: David Bernacchi/

No matter the type of game, the Milwaukee Brewers cannot seem to figure out a way to finish on the winning side.

A day after losing a 26-run slugfest, the Brewers managed to come out on the wrong side of a 2-1 pitchers’ duel against the Reds at Miller Park.

Closer Francisco Rodriquez (0-2), pitching in a non-save situation, bounced a breaking ball in the dirt and off the chest of catcher Martin Maldonado in the ninth inning, allowing the speedy Billy Hamilton to score from third for the game’s winning run. [Read more…]

Brewers bust out of slump with 10 runs, allow 16 in loss to Reds

Mike Fiers - UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Mike Fiers – UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds tied a major league record Tuesday at Miller Park, combining to hit three grand slams in one game. The one problem: the Reds hit two of them.

Cincinnati (7-7) finished with five home runs in a 16-10 defeat of the Brewers (2-12), marking their seventh consecutive loss.

Mike Fiers (0-3) took the loss after allowing grand slams in back-to-back innings, though the first was aided by a Jason Rogers throwing error at third base. Fiers finished with four earned runs on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts. [Read more…]

Packers to honor Favre on Thanksgiving night

QB Brett Favre - Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

QB Brett Favre – Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Green Bay Packers will not only host the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving night at Lambeau Field, but they’ll witness longtime Packers great Brett Favre’s number-4 unveiled on the facade inside Lambeau Field as his number is retired.

“I think it’s great,” coach Mike McCarthy said in a team release, “and it will be great for our fans, the first time we’ve had a Thanksgiving night game here at Lambeau Field.  I think it will definitely be a special night.”

The Packers will also host NFC Champion Seattle in Week 2 on a Sunday night at Lambeau Field. [Read more…]