September 16, 2014

Packers rally from 18 down to beat Jets (AUDIO)

Jordy Nelson

Jordy Nelson

The Green Bay Packers fell behind by 18-points in the first half on Sunday, then rebounded to knock off the New York Jets 31-24 at Lambeau Field.

Things started slow for the Packers on both sides of the ball.  Aaron Rodgers fumbled the first snap from center and the Jets recovered.  Geno Smith eventually found the end zone from 1-yard out and the Jets led 7-0.

The Jets defense then went to work on the Packers and forced a punt.  Geno Smith responded with a 29 yard touchdown pass to Eric Decker and New York jumped out to a 14-0 lead.

Mason Crosby broke the dry spell for the Packers, booting a shot 31-yard field goal and it was 14-3 Jets.

On the next Jets possession, Chris Ivory capped off a 17 play, 80 yard drive with a 4-yard touchdown run to make it 21-3 New York.

The Packers managed to get two more Mason Crosby field goals, from 20 yards and 55 yards to make it 21-9 Jets.

What happened next was the turning point in the football game.  The Jets looked like they were headed for more first half points when Geno Smith was hit while throwing a pass for the end zone.  The pass came up short and Tramon Williams picked it off at the three yard line.  [Read more...]

Brewers break out and beat the Reds

Mark Reynolds - UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Mark Reynolds – UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The Milwaukee Brewers banged out 15-hits and got home runs from rookie Matt Clark and Mark Reynolds in a 9-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds before another sold out crowd (41,870) at Miller Park on Sunday.

The win allowed the Brewers to stay a game and a half behind Pittsburgh in the race for the final National League Wildcard.  The nine runs were the most in a game since the Brewers beat the San Diego Padres 10-1 on August 25th at Petco Park.

Matt Garza (8-8) pitched six solid innings, allowing one run on four hits, walking three and striking out six.  It’s his first victory since July 24th.

The Brewers sent eleven hitters to the plate in the seventh.  Clark clubbed a three run homer to extend the 3-1 lead to 6-1.  Scooter Gennett also singled in a run and Ryan Braun drew a bases-loaded walk as the Brewers jumped in front 8-1.  It’s the third home run for Clark in as many starts since being called up from the minors earlier this month.

Mark Reynolds closed out the scoring with his first home run since Aug. 14.

The Brewers get the day off today, then start a three-city, nine-game road trip in St. Louis tomorrow night.  The trip also takes them to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.

Lattimore gets his chance: Packers vs. Jets today!

Jamari Lattimore

Jamari Lattimore

After Brad Jones struggled at Seattle, it’s Jamari Lattimore’s chance at inside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers today when they host the New York Jets (3:25pm kick) at Lambeau Field today.

Jones has a quadriceps injury that may have contributed to his poor performance against the Seahawks and will sideline him today.  Given Jones’ play at times, if Lattimore performs at a high level, there’s a chance he could keep the job.

Lattimore started four games last season while Jones dealt with injuries.  He had a career high 14 tackles and a sack against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 20th.

The Packers tendered Lattimore as a restricted free agent at the lowest rate ($1.431 million) during the offseason.  There was no guarantee of anything heading into training camp.  But one week into the season, Lattimore will start against the New York Jets today.  The Packers are looking for Lattimore to grab the bull by the horns and help a defense that has struggled to stop the run. [Read more...]

Brewers 3-game win streak is history

Yovani Gallardo

Yovani Gallardo

Cincinnati starter David Holmberg entered Saturday’s game at Miller Park with a 8.25 ERA in four major-league appearances this season.  Those are the types of pitchers that have hurt the Milwaukee Brewers this season.

Holmberg held the Brewers to a run and two hits over six innings to earn his first victory, 5-1 over the Brewers before a sold out (45,205) Miller Park crowd.

The Brewers saw their 3-game win streak come to an end and they missed out on a chance to gain ground on the Pittsburg Pirates in the wild card race after Pittsburgh lost at home, 6-4 to the Chicago Cubs.  The Pirates still hold a game and a half lead on the Brewers for the final wildcard spot.

The Brewers continue to struggle scoring runs.  In 13 games this month, they’ve scored just 36 runs (less than 3 a game).

Right-hander Yovani Gallardo allowed two runs and four hits in six solid innings, but falls to 8-10 on the season.

The Reds broke the game open in the 7th inning.  Leading 2-1 at the time, Billy Hamilton clubbed a two-run triple off of reliever Zach Duke to make it 4-1.

The final game of the series is today.  Matt Garza (7-8, 3.83) pitches for the Brewers and Mike Leake (11-11, 3.62) goes for the Reds.

Top-ranked Whitewater remains perfect

After a slow start, top-ranked UW-Whitewater scored 35 straight points on the way to a 45-13 win over Franklin in Franklin, Indiana.

Franklin (0-2) jumped out early, scoring on their first two possessions and led 13-7.

Whitewater (2-0) quarterback Matt Behrendt found wide receiver Jake Kumerow for three touchdowns two get the Warhawks offense rolling.  Behrendt had 224 passing yards and four touchdowns.  Kumerow had 9 catches for 128 yards.

Local college scoreboard

Marian (Ind.) 24, UW-Oshkosh 20
St. Thomas (Minn.) 46, UW-LaCrosse 0
Simpson (Iowa) 22, UW-River Falls 6
UW-Platteville 26, Dubuque 21
UW-Stout 21, Loras (Iowa) 17
St. John’s (Minn.) 31, UW-Eau Claire 7
North Central (Ill) 51, St. Norbert College 17
Beloit 27, Grinnell 23
Ripon 24, Rockford 14
Carroll 34, Benedictine (Ill.) 6
Augsburg (Minn.) 55, Concordia 45
Adrian (Mich.) 40, Carthage 14
Trinity International 49, Wisconsin Lutheran 22