September 1, 2014

Brewers prospect plays all “9″ positions

Milwaukee Brewers prospect Nathan Orf ended his season Sunday by playing all nine positions in a single game for the High-A Brevard County Manatees.

Orf if an infielder who started the game behind the plate.  He then played an inning each at all eight positions, then took the mound for the 9th.  After retiring the first batter he faced on a ground ball, Orf was pulled from the game.

The Manatees lost to the Dunedin Blue Jays 7-3 and Orf went 0 for 2 with a walk.  In 123 games this season, Orf hit .288 with 2 HR’s and 43 RBI’s.  He signed with the Brewers after being undrafted coming out of Baylor University in 2013.

Prior to Sunday’s game, Orf played 54 games at second base, 30 in right field, eight in left field, three at third base, two in center field and 25 as the designated hitter.

 

Packers to go with Flynn as Rodgers backup

After deciding to keep both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien on the 53-man roster, Mike McCarthy is going with Flynn as his number-2

Matt Flynn

Matt Flynn

quarterback, going with experience in the opener on Thursday night in Seattle.

Flynn posted a 2-2 record for the Green Bay Packers last season when Aaron Rodgers was out with a collarbone injury.

The Packers knew there was a great chance that they would have lost Tolzien to another NFL team if they had exposed him to waivers.  Tolzien put up better numbers during training camp, but for now, the Packers value Flynn’s experience and Tolzien will serve as the number 3.

The Packers returned to the practice field on Sunday and will work in pads today.

Brewers blown out by Giants

The Milwaukee Brewers dropped their fifth straight game yesterday, 15-5 to San Francisco and were swept by the Giants in the three-game

Ron Roenicke

Ron Roenicke

series.

The loss leaves the Brewers tied with the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL Central Division lead.

The Brewers were outscored in the series 31-8.  They had just 17 hits while giving up 45 to the Giants.  The Giants collected 16-hits in the finale yesterday, 10 of them for extra bases.

To add insult to injury, the Brewers lost center fielder Carlos Gomez to a left-wrist injury in the third inning on a swinging strikeout.  He’s considered to be doubtful for today’s series opener against the Cubs in Chicago.

Kyle Lohse made it through just 5 2/3 innings, allowing seven runs and nine hits.  He’s lost four times in his last five outings and dropped to
12-8 on the season.

Madison Bumgarner (16-9) earned the win, going six innings, allowing a run on five hits.  He walked one and struck out seven.

AUDIO: Ron Roenicke said they are not panicking :17

Jimmy Nelson (2-5, 4.10) pitches the series opener against the Cubs today.  Chicago counters with Jacob Turner (4-8, 5.84).

Kenseth lands spot in the “Chase” field

Kasey Kahne grabbed the lead on a restart following a caution with 23 laps to go and held off Matt Kenseth in a two-lap shootout to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night.

It’s Kahne’s first win of the season and earned him a spot in the Chase for the Sprint cup.  Kenseth also qualified for the Chase on points.

Tony Stewart’s much-anticipated return to racing ended a little more than halfway through the race.  He hit the wall for the second time after his right front tire blew out on Lap 172, ending his night with a 41st place finish.

Kenseth began the night fifth in the points race, but not yet locked into the Chase because he had no wins.  Kenseth needed to finish seventh or better to secure his place in the playoffs.

Timber Rattlers land spot in MWL playoffs

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are in the 2014 Midwest League playoffs after knocking off Beloit 13-2 on Sunday.

That victory eliminated the Quad Cities River Bandits, who won 9-4 at Burlington.  That left Peoria as the only team with a chance to catch the Timber Rattlers.  But the Chiefs lost 9-2 at Kane County on Sunday night to allow the Rattlers to claim the second half Western Division Wild Card spot.

The Timber Rattlers will open the playoffs on Wednesday night at 6:35 against Kane County in game 1 of the best 2-of-3 series.  The Cougars are the First Half Western Division Champions and are 91-48 on the season.  The Timber Rattlers went 6-12 against Kane County during the regular season.