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Monday, October 31, 2005

Carlos Lee Receives Silver Slugger Award

From Tom Haudricourt at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Milwaukee Brewers leftfielder Carlos Lee was one of eight first-time winners in the National League when Louisville Slugger announced the Silver Slugger Award recipients in both leagues for 2005 on Monday.
The Silver Slugger Awards are given annually to players at each position in their respective leagues for offensive excellence, as voted on by major league managers and coaches. Selections are based on a combination of offensive statistics as well as general impressions of a player's overall offensive value. Managers and coaches are not allowed to vote for players on their clubs.
"That's what makes it so impressive for Carlos," Brewers hitting coach Butch Wynegar said. "It's what managers and coaches from other teams thought of his play. I'm proud of him. It always means a lot when it comes from your peers, or other managers and coaches."

Lee batted only .265 in his first year with the Brewers, 23 points below his career norm, but led the club with personal highs of 32 home runs and 114 runs batted in. The only Brewer to play in all 162 games, Lee finished with an OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage) of .888.

"I think his batting average can be attributed to switching leagues and seeing a bunch of pitchers he had never faced before," said Wynegar, who arrived in town Monday to take part in the Brewers' weeklong organizational meetings.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Badgers Beat Illini 41-24

Brian Calhoun doesn't mind the work. He'll stay on the field every play if coach Barry Alvarez asks.

"It just depends on how much they need me to carry the ball," the Wisconsin running back said after rushing for 197 yards on 35 carries to lead the 15th-ranked Badgers to a 41-24 win over Illinois on Saturday. "If they need me to carry 50 times, 45, 40, I'm there to do that."

Calhoun scored five touchdowns, including a 46-yard dash for Wisconsin's final score. He also scored five TDs earlier this season against Bowling Green, tying the school record shared by Billy Marek (1974) and Anthony Davis (2002).

The win ensured Wisconsin (8-1, 5-1) would stay at the top of the Big Ten standings. The Badgers entered the game tied with No. 11 Penn State.

Illinois (2-6, 0-5) lost its sixth straight game despite gaining a season-high 538 yards. Quarterback Tim Brasic was 20-of-39 for a career-high 277 yards and two touchdowns and carried the ball 16 times for 116 yards, also a career high and a school record just a week after being pulled from the game against Penn State.

"A lot of guys would get into his situation and their confidence would be shot and it would hard to get anything out of them," Illinois coach Ron Zook said. "But he was able to forget it all and I'm proud of him for that."

Monday, October 24, 2005

Ken Hamlin Out of Hospital, Inspires Team

From Danny O'Neil at the Seattle P-I:

Ken Hamlin was released from the hospital over the weekend.

And while he wasn't at Seattle's game against Dallas on Sunday, he had a videotaped message delivered to remind his team it would be close in his thoughts.

"He said he's there for us, watching for us and praying for us the whole time," cornerback Marcus Trufant said. "He's in everybody's hearts, and he'll be there in spirit with us at the game."

Shaun Alexander said the team saw the message on Saturday night. The message from Hamlin was included at the end of a videotape of highlights taken from last week's victory over Houston.

Hamlin was injured less than six hours after last week's game, when he was involved in an altercation outside a nightclub only a few blocks from the stadium. Hamlin suffered a fractured skull and cerebral contusions. He was released from the intensive-care unit on Wednesday. His prognosis is uncertain.

"Everyone knows Ken and everyone knows how intense of a guy he is," linebacker Isaiah Kacyvenski said. "He wishes he could be on the field. It kind of makes every guy sit back and think about how easy something can be taken away from you."

Hamlin's message this weekend was a boost, his teammates said.

"It was very uplifting," Trufant said. "When you have a guy like that who's down, but he really wishes he could be there."

It was the first game Hamlin had missed since he entered the league as a second-round draft pick by Seattle in 2003.

Marquand Manuel started in Hamlin's spot at safety, but the Cowboys did not look to throw over the top of the defense. There was only one pass play of more than 20 yards for the Cowboys. They only attempted eight passes in the second half, content to control the ball and play behind the defense.

"Ken's going to be all right," Manuel said. "In the meantime, we've got to hold the fort down, and that's what we're trying to do."

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Seahawks Come Back to Beat Cowboys 13-10!!

From Mike Kahn at Seahawks.com:

Something different is going on at Qwest Field these days.

First of all, it rained Sunday afternoon on the Seahawks for the first time in four seasons of home games. And secondly, the Seahawks scored 10 points in the final 46 seconds to pull out a stunning 13-10 victory before 67,046 ecstatic fans.

“There’s something going on, I’ll promise you that,” said Seahawks place-kicker Josh Brown, whose 50-yard field goal as time ran out iced the game, and his 55-yarder at the end of the first half set a Qwest Field record.

“There’s something different going on here and you can tell within the organization – as far as the administration - and it comes down to the coaches and players. There is a level of unity that I haven’t felt in my three years here. There’s something going on.”

The result is a 5-2 record for the Seahawks going into the bye week before traveling to Arizona on Nov. 6, and they maintain a two-game lead atop the NFC West. The loss drops the Cowboys to 4-3 in the NFC East and also is redemption for last year’s 43-39 loss here to the Cowboys, who scored 14 points in the final 97 seconds.

It also represented a milestone as Shaun Alexander rushed for 61 yards to pass Curt Warner and Chris Warren to become the leading rusher in Seahawks history.

But this game wasn’t about individual growth. It was about the maturity of a team. With the hospitalization of free safety Ken Hamlin following an altercation after last week’s win over Houston, Hamlin delivered a video message to the team before the game that came at the end of the typical video highlights they always watch.

The video reinforced the responsibility they have to each other more than to themselves.

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Defense Come Up Big As Badgers Beat Purdue 31-20

Just when the Wisconsin Badgers were on their heels, safety Roderick Rogers put everybody on their feet.

Rogers' 84-yard interception return for a touchdown ignited the third-largest crowd to ever fill Camp Randall Stadium and swung the momentum Wisconsin's way in the 19th-ranked Badgers' noisy 31-20 win over Purdue on Saturday.

"We always talk about being a spark and swinging the momentum of the game and that swung it," said coach Barry Alvarez, whose Badgers (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) became bowl eligible in his farewell season.

Co-captain Brett Bell said it juiced up everybody decked out in red.

"It got the crowd going, it got the offense going, it got the defense going," he said.

Cornerback Jake Ikegwuonu gave the 82,828 fans even more to cheer about with his two interceptions, including a game-sealing pickoff that he returned 62 yards for a score with 3:21 left.

In all, the Badgers' banged-up defense recorded five takeaways and had 146 return yards off their three interceptions of redshirt freshman Curtis Painter, who replaced junior starter Brandon Kirsch at quarterback for Purdue (2-5, 0-4).

Monday, October 17, 2005

Hamlin in Hospital

This sucks! My thoughts and prayers are with Hamlin and his family. GET WELL SOON HAMMER!

From Mike Sando at The News Tribune:

Seattle Seahawks safety Ken Hamlin is in serious but stable condition at Harborview Medical Center for skull, brain and hand injuries suffered when he was assaulted outside a nightclub following the team’s 42-10 victory Sunday night, the team said today.

Hamlin will remain in the intensive-care unit for the coming days and could need several weeks to recover, team physician Dr. Stan Herring said during a press conference at team headquarters.

Hamlin was struck on the left side of his head, resulting in a skull fracture and a blood clot that require constant monitoring. Surgery was not expected to be necessary, Herring said, but that could change depending on whether the clot gets bigger.

“He has a skull fracture,” Herring said. “He has a small subdural hematoma and he has some bruising of the brain tissue. He will be kept in the intensive-care unit at Harborview as we monitor him closely for the next 24-48 hours.

“So far, he has done well. After that time frame, if he is stable we will make further plans about care.”

The blood clot was a primary concern. Long-term brain damage was not expected.

“Right now, Ken is awake intermittently and talking to us,” Herring said. “There is no evidence of severe brain injury in that regard.

“He is cooperating and when awake, alert and knows what is going on. … He’s a little confused and tired. We have to wake him up over and over to make sure he is OK. He knows where he is. He knows his family is coming to see him.”

Hamlin’s broken right hand will heal without surgery, Herring said.

“The concern is to make sure his neurologic status does not deteriorate,” Herring said. “At this point, it appears this will be managed non-operatively unless things change.”

Hamlin’s playing status was the least of the doctors’ concerns at this point.

“It’s way too soon,” Herring said. “We need to get him out of the ICU, get him home and see how he does for the next few weeks.”

Team president Tim Ruskell released the following statement:

“Ken was the victim of an assault outside a downtown nightclub early this morning. Ken is in intensive care in serious but stable condition. Coach (Mike) Holmgren and I talked with Ken and his spirits are good considering the situation. We are working in concert with the Seattle Police Department. The fact that this is an active assault investigation prevents us from further comment at this time. As information becomes available we will share it with you. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ken and his family."

Hamlin’s agent, Lawrence Temple, was on his way to Seattle from Texas.

Holmgren said he was running on a treadmill at about 7:30 a.m. when he received the news.

“We said a quick prayer for him,” Holmgren said.

Marquand Manuel becomes the starter at free safety. Hamlin has been one of the Seahawks’ biggest hitters on defense. He was a second-round draft choice from Arkansas in 2003.

Francis Sprains Ankle

From Brian Schmitz at The Orlando Sentinel:

Orlando Magic PG Steve Francis sprained his right ankle in practice Sunday and will be evaluated today. The Magic (2-1), preparing to face the Heat (1-2) in Miami for an exhibition game on Tuesday night, did not believe Francis' injury was serious.

Reserve C Mario Kasun, bothered by tendinitis in his right ankle, underwent a magnetic resonance imaging and missed practice. He sat out Saturday night's game against the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets in Tampa.

F Grant Hill, who was held out of Saturday's because of a bruised right knee, practiced Sunday.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Seahawks Stomp Texans 42-10

From Mike Kahn at Seahawks.com:

There really is no explanation for it. But as Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said, “This was a weird game because we didn’t know much about them and they didn’t know much about us.”

Now we know plenty.

Led by Shaun Alexander’s 141 yards rushing and four touchdowns, plus Maurice Morris’ career-high 104 yards rushing and a touchdown on just eight carries, the Seahawks set a franchise record with 320 yards on the ground on the way to a 42-10 route of the Houston Texans Sunday night at Qwest Field.
They broke the old rushing record of 319 yards, and it’s the first time since John L. Williams and Curt Warner - on Dec. 11, 1988 both rushed for more than 100 yards - that a pair of Seahawks backs have surpassed the century mark in the same game. Alexander now has 715 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns rushing to lead the NFL in both categories.

But as much as the backs were excited about the performance, so was the offensive line, led by the left side with All-Pros Walter Jones and Steve Hutchinson at tackle and guard, respectively. Nonetheless, a good bit of the success Sunday came from running right – so it was a special night for center Robbie Tobeck, guard Chris Gray and tackle Sean Locklear as well.
“In the NFL - (300 yards rushing) – that’s unheard of,” Tobeck said. “You look in college and you see those games. I don’t know how often that happens in the NFL, but I know it’s rare. I’ve only seen it a couple of times since I’ve been in the league. That’s a huge, huge thing.

“It’s funny, we were in the huddle before Mo broke off that long (49-yard) run, and I said, ‘Hey, let’s get 'Mo a hundred, let’s get 'Mo a hundred.’ And he said, ‘Hey, I’m running behind you guys.’ He busted out through there and it was nice to see. I was trying to catch him, but I was tired. I’d been playing the whole game.”

Mora Beats Manfredo

In my personal opinion, the judges sucked. Bonsante and Manfredo were ripped off.

From ESPN.com:

Off the heels of their spirited showdown in May to decide the $1 million prize awarded to "The Contender," Sergio Mora and Peter Manfredo put together another good scrap Saturday night in the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Manfredo, now trained by Freddie Roach, promised to get his revenge on Mora in front of the L.A. fighter's home crowd. He left empty-handed as Mora won in a split decision.

On the undercard, Jessie Brinkley and Anthony Bonsante rematched the first encounter from season one of the reality show. Bonsante, who was stopped in that fight, outworked Brinkley handily, it seemed, through five rounds.

But the judges didn't see it that way, giving Brinkley a unanimous decision with scores of 48-47 (twice) and 49-46, eliciting boos from the crowd.

In a give-and-take pattern that mimicked their first fight, Mora and Manfredo took turns seizing the momentum, only to have the other man battle back. Although the exchanges weren't as furious as their first bout, the bout did unfold at a relatively fast pace.

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Badgers Keep the Ax!!!

The Wisconsin Badgers and Minnesota Gophers have seen just about everything in their 115-year rivalry.

Well, maybe now they have.

Jonathan Casillas blocked a punt and Ben Strickland recovered it in the end zone with 30 seconds left to complete a stunning rally and lift No. 23 Wisconsin to a 38-34 victory over No. 22 Minnesota on Saturday.

"When you think you've seen it all, you haven't seen it all," Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez said.

With the Golden Gophers leading 34-31, Justin Kucek lined up to punt at the Minnesota 5. Kucek dropped the snap, picked up the ball and tried to get the punt off, but Casillas raced through for the block. Strickland then recovered it for the winning score.

It was a shocking turn of events for the Badgers (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten), who appeared to be headed for their second loss in a row after failing to complete a comeback bid in last week's 51-48 loss at Northwestern.

The Gophers (5-2, 2-2) led 34-24 with 3:27 to play after Gary Russell's second touchdown of the day.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Weeks Has Successful Surgery

From Adam McCalvy at MLB.com:

Second baseman Rickie Weeks has some tough months ahead, but the Brewers expect him to be ready to go when Spring Training begins in February.

As expected, the 23-year-old underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb. He will remain in a cast for six weeks and then undergo four weeks of rehabilitation, but he should be ready to report on time to Maryvale Baseball Park at full strength.

Dr. Don Sheridan performed the surgery in Phoenix and simply reattached the existing ligament. That was good news, according to assistant general manager Gord Ash, who indicated last week that the fix could require a graft or joint fusion.

Weeks was the Brewers' No. 1 draft pick in 2003 and entered the 2005 season as the franchise's top-rated prospect by Baseball America. He was called up to the Majors for good after the Brewers traded second baseman Junior Spivey to Washington in early June.

In 360 at-bats, Weeks hit .239 with 13 home runs and 42 RBIs, at times flashing five-tool talent. Until the final weekend of the regular season, manager Ned Yost insisted that Weeks' late-season offensive struggles (.224 average, one home run in September) and defensive mistakes (21 errors in 94 starts, including eight errors in September) had nothing to do with his sore thumb.

On the penultimate day of the season, that tune changed at bit.

"He wouldn't have had a bad month without that problem," said Yost. "We weren't going to use it as an excuse."

Before his call to Milwaukee, Weeks batted .320 in 55 games for Triple-A Nashville with 12 home runs, 48 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Injuries Galore

From José Miguel Romero at the Seattle Times:

Perhaps Michael Boulware didn't overstate it when he said it was a miracle that he was able to stand and walk out of a St. Louis hospital Sunday. What's more, the Seahawks strong safety is expected to play this weekend against Houston.

It has been just two days since a helmet-to-helmet hit — and the weight of 295-pound guard Tom Nutten falling on Boulware's lower back in the second quarter of Seattle's win at St. Louis — led to Boulware being taken off the field on a stretcher. Boulware tried to get up and could not, the feeling in his legs temporarily lost.

He was taken to a local hospital for precautionary X-rays and an MRI, then was able to leave the hospital and fly back with the Seahawks to Seattle.

Yesterday, Boulware said he felt much better and described those moments as the scariest of his career.
"There's still some minor pain in my lower back," he said. "I was really concerned about being able to walk again, and even the possibility of having to retire. Now the possibility of being able to play in this game is exciting and I'm very motivated for it."

Coach Mike Holmgren said Boulware had another MRI taken yesterday just for good measure, and expects Boulware to practice all week.

"There's no reason to think he's not going to play this week," Holmgren said. "His [lower spinal] cord got bruised, just shocked a little bit. But the news is good."


• Holmgren said WR Darrell Jackson, scheduled for arthroscopic knee surgery tomorrow, has cartilage damage, and the team will have Jackson back before the season is over. The early prognosis was four to six weeks.

• WR Bobby Engram's cracked ribs are feeling better, but Holmgren put no timetable on his return.

• CB Andre Dyson strained a hamstring Sunday and is expected to be out for at least two weeks. That's also the expected recovery time for OL Floyd Womack, who has a pulled thigh muscle.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Seahawks Finally Beat Rams 37-31

From Seahawks.com:

Sometimes adversity is the best way to figure it all out.

Without their two starting wide receivers to begin the game, then losing three starters on defense during the game, the Seattle Seahawks put an end to their three-game regular season losing streak to the St. Louis Rams with a 37-31 win at the Edward Jones Dome Sunday afternoon.

The victory moved the Seahawks to 3-2 and alone atop the NFC West, with the next two games at home, while the Rams dropped to 2-3.

“It’s nice to stand up here and talk about a victory,” Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said. “This is a difficult place to play and the fans really helped them today. I thought it was a great effort by our team because we had a little adversity with injuries and the guys stepped up and played. A win like this will help us down the road.”

Playing without Darrell Jackson and Bobby Engram, the Seahawks started Joe Jurevicius and young D.J. Hackett at wide receivers, then lost cornerback Andre Dyson (hamstring), safety Michael Boulware (back) and linebacker D.D. Lewis (ankle) during the game. Responding on defense were rookie linebacker Leroy Hill, cornerback Kelly Herndon and safety Marquand Manuel.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Brewers Release Five

From Tom Haudricourt at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Right-hander Victor Santos, who spent most of the past two seasons in the Milwaukee Brewers' starting rotation, will not be back with the club in 2006.

Santos was one of five players the Brewers removed from their 40-man roster Friday, making room to protect minor-league prospects later in the off-season. The Brewers also dropped reliever Julio Santana, outfielder Chris Magruder, infielder Trent Durrington and minor-league pitcher Luis Peña, who is coming off surgery.

Santos, 29, began the season in the Brewers' rotation after going 11-12 with a 4.97 earned run average in 31 appearances (28 starts) in 2004. He pitched well for the most part in the first half, compiling a 3.50 ERA, but was 2-9 in 18 appearances, mostly due to a lack of run support.

But Santos became increasingly ineffective in the second half, going 2-4 with a 7.45 ERA in 11 outings (seven starts). He was removed from the starting rotation in late August and made only three relief outings in September.

"Victor pitched well in the first half and could have won seven or eight games if we scored some runs for him," general manager Doug Melvin said. "Then, when we did score some runs for him, he wasn't pitching so well.

"He could bounce back but we decided to look elsewhere."

Badgers Upset by Northwestern 48-51

Wisconsin's Brian Calhoun became the first Wisconsin player with more than 100 yards rushing and receiving in a game, carrying 23 times for 122 and catching 11 passes for 128. Stocco was 24-of-31 for 326 yards with two interceptions and four touchdowns -- all to Jonathan Orr.

Northwestern's scoring streak started when Joel Howell kicked a 21-yard field goal with 4 seconds left in the first half and ended when Sutton fumbled with 3:31 left in the game. In between, the Wildcats scored six touchdowns.

"Playing a top-15 football team in the country, not a small achievement," Northwestern coach Randy Walker said of the victory. "But we do have a way of making it interesting. 'Why can't we do this easy?' I kept saying in the fourth quarter."

Although Northwestern scored touchdowns on all four of its possessions in the third quarter, Wisconsin stayed in the game.

Northwestern drove 80 yards for a touchdown on the opening drive of the third quarter. A 45-yard run by Sutton put the ball on the Wisconsin 24. Basanez then had a clear path to the end zone when he tripped at the 4, but he connected with Mark Philmore on the next play to pull to 17-16.

Wisconsin blocked the extra point, but the lead disappeared on Northwestern's next possession. Sutton ran for a 1-yard score, capping a 73-yard drive that put the Wildcats ahead 23-17.

The teams combined for three touchdowns in the final 2:22 of the quarter, starting with Basanez's 52-yard touchdown pass to Kim Thompson that made it 30-20.

Calhoun answered with a 1-yard touchdown run that pulled Wisconsin to within three.

After an 81-yard kickoff return by Gerard Hamlett, Sutton ran it in from the 14 to make it 37-27.

A 9-yard scoring pass from Basanez to Sutton made it 44-34 early in the fourth, and Wisconsin punted on its next possession. The teams had combined to score on seven consecutive drives.

"We were OK at the half," Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez said, referring to a 17-10 lead. "They didn't have the ball much, and I didn't think there were any major things we had to correct. ... I would have been pleased to play like we did in the first half."

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Wild Beat Flames in Opener 6-3

The crowd was roaring, the Minnesota Wild were ready, and Miikka Kiprusoff and the Calgary Flames came out flat.

Marc Chouinard scored three goals and Todd White added a goal and two assists, leading the Wild past the Flames 6-3 on Wednesday night in the season opener for both teams.

Pierre-Marc Bouchard had three assists, and Brent Burns and Kyle Wanvig each contributed a power-play goal for Minnesota, which surprised defending Western Conference champion Calgary and its stellar goalie Kiprusoff with an outburst of offense.

The Wild, who held a 16-3 shot advantage in the first period, led 3-0 until late in the second.

"You spot a team that much momentum, point-blank chances, stuff like that, it's not a good game," said Jarome Iginla, whose goal pulled the Flames within 4-3 midway through the third period. "We were standing still the whole game. It's not good enough."

Dwayne Roloson, an All-Star in 2004, had 28 saves for the Wild, a small but speedy team that's never been much of a scoring threat but figures to take advantage of the league's new rules designed to open up the game and make it more fan-friendly.

"It's going to be up in the air pretty much every night," said Chouinard, a five-year veteran who notched his first NHL hat trick after totaling a career-high 11 goals in 2003-04.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Seahawks Sign Rouen, cut Araguz

From Seahawks.NET:

The Seattle Seahawks' official website anounced today that they have cut veteran punter Leo Araguz and re-signed former punter Tom Rouen.
Rouen, a 13-year veteran, spent the first five years of his career in Denver before signing with the Seahawks as a free agent in 2003. He posted a 41.5 yard average on 93 punts in 20 games with the Seahawks in 2003 and 2004, but was allowed to leave following last season.
He signed with the Carolina Panthers, but was released before the start of the season.
No contract terms were released by the team.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Seahawks Sign Urban, Cut Kashama

From Seahawks.com:

The Seattle Seahawks have re-signed WR Jerheme Urban, the club announced Tuesday afternoon.

Urban was released earlier this season on September 13 after making the initial roster, but was inactive for the season opener at Jacksonville on September 11.
Originally signed by the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2003, Urban spent most of 2003 and 2004 on the practice squad. Urban was signed to the active roster for the final game of 2003, but was inactive for that game. He started the 2004 season on the practice squad and then was signed to the active roster and saw action in six games, including one start.

To make room on the roster, the Seahawks released DE Alain Kashama, who has been inactive all four games this season.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Seahawks Lose in OT 17-20

From Doug Farrar at Seahawks.net:

Two things we learned today…first, the Seahawks are not as good as they appeared to be when they decimated the Cardinals last week. Second, the underpinnings of insecurity which have killed this team slowly and softly over the last few years are still in effect. Poor coaching at times, an inability to get off the field defensively (and stay on it offensively) and a lack of killer instinct away from the friendly confines of Qwest Field are three all-too-familiar demons and they all must be overcome before this team can hope to be of championship caliber.

However, one of the more insidious gremlins can be exorcised next Sunday in St. Louis, as the Seahawks look to get past the “We Can’t Beat The Rams” thingy. For that to happen, as depleted as the Rams may appear to be, this team must tighten up the “little things” that mean a lot.
At 2-2, their ability to do so will decide their season’s fate.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Brewers Lose 1-3, Finish at .500

The Brewers lost their final two games of the season, yet still finished 81-81, their first non-losing season since going 92-70 in 1992.

Neither franchise has had a winning campaign since 1992 -- the longest active streaks in the majors. The Pirates also defeated Milwaukee on Saturday.

"We just kind of ran out of steam offensively these last two games," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "We ran into a couple good pitching performances."

The Brewers loaded the bases in the first five pitches of the game with three singles, but got only one run after Geoff Jenkins grounded into a double play.

It was one of three double plays Milwaukee hit into.

"The double play was my best friend today, as always," Duke said.

The Brewers were 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position, getting a run when Brady Clark scored on Carlos Lee's grounder. It was Lee's team-high 114th RBI, but was all Duke gave up despite posting only one 1-2-3 inning.

Mike Gonzalez pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and Salomon Torres struck out the final two batters for his third save.

All three Pittsburgh runs came on home runs in the fourth off Chris Capuano (18-12).

Craig Wilson hit a solo homer and rookie Nate McLouth had a two-run shot. He homered three consecutive game earlier in the week.

"Cappy gave us everything he had," Yost said. "He didn't make a real good pitch to McLouth and that was the difference in the game."

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Badgers Knock Off Indiana 41-24

The 17th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers have more than an awesome ground game. They have Brandon Williams, who has a sudden knack for finding the end zone.

The senior wide receiver who hadn't caught a touchdown pass in nearly two years, had two of them Saturday and also scored on a 63-yard punt return in Wisconsin's 41-24 win over Indiana.

Although Williams had scored on a 66-yard punt return against Temple last month, he hadn't caught a touchdown pass since Oct. 4, 2003, against Penn State.

"It's been a while," Williams said. "I'm just happy to finally get that out of the way."
Jonathan Orr added 128 yards and a touchdown on four receptions, giving the Badgers dual 100-yard receivers for the first time since Oct. 23, 1993, when Lee DeRamus and J.C. Dawkins went over the century mark against Minnesota.

"I really think their game plan was to slow me down and stop me and they did a good job of that," said tailback Brian Calhoun, who rushed 26 times for 101 yards. "But obviously, they took the [fall] when J.O. had over 100 yards receiving and Brandon Williams had a great game, too."

The Badgers (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten) won for the 10th straight time at Camp Randall Stadium, their longest home winning streak since reeling off 25 straight from 1900-03. They also denied the Hoosiers (3-1, 0-1) their first 4-0 start in 15 years.

Williams, who had all six of his receptions for 113 yards by halftime, became the fourth player in school history to top 2,000 career yards receiving, the fourth to return two punts for TDs in a season and the first to go over 2,000 career yards in kickoff returns.

With the Badgers' ground game stifled by injuries and a defense determined to crowd the line of scrimmage, John Stocco threw for 274 yards, the second-highest total in his career, and three TDs.

"That's what a balanced attack should be," said Williams, who aggravated a shin injury and didn't play in the fourth quarter.

The Badgers went to the air more than usual, by both design and necessity.

Fullback Matt Bernstein (shoulder) was in street clothes, backup Chris Pressley hurt a foot in the first half and tight end Owen Daniels limped off with a left leg injury after Wisconsin's first play from scrimmage. Plus, the Hoosiers continually brought safeties down to slow Calhoun, who scored his 10th touchdown.

Williams made them pay, catching touchdown passes of 17 and 13 yards, both on third down, sandwiched around his 63-yard TD punt return which helped the Badgers pull away despite glaring mistakes in the defensive backfield and coaching strategy.

"I feel fortunate to win," Badgers coach Barry Alvarez said. "You are very lucky if you don't play well and win. I didn't think we played very well today."

Brewers Lose 1-5

Milwaukee's Tomo Ohka (11-9) allowed five runs and eight hits in 7 1/3 innings.

"One thing that Tomo was able to do was give the bullpen the night off," Yost said. "That helps."

Craig Wilson went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI while Freddie Sanchez went 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI to extend his team-best hitting streak to 16 games.

Nate McLouth and J.J. Furmaniak also went 2-for-4 to generate offense for Wells, who came into the game with the lowest run support (3.08 per game) of any major-league starter.

Wells' performance means that Milwaukee (81-80) must win Sunday against Pirates rookie Zach Duke (7-2) to finish over .500 for the first time since 1992.

Milwaukee went ahead in the first when Rickie Weeks doubled and scored as Lyle Overbay's single to left rolled under Bay's glove for an error. Wilson hit an RBI double in the bottom half, and Bay's sacrifice fly in the fifth gave Pittsburgh the lead.

Sanchez added a run-scoring double in the seventh, and Pittsburgh scored twice in the eighth on McLouth's RBI double, which chased Ohka, and Furmaniak's run-scoring triple against Jose Capellan.

Milwaukee put runners at the corners with two outs in the seventh, but Grabow relieved and picked Weeks off first base. Mike Gonzalez and Salomon Torres finished the six-hitter.

"I just tried to take on the same approach as my previous outings," Wells said. "I was just trying to visualize the pitch that I wanted to throw and execute it."