Ex-Badgers WR Wheelwright signed by Chiefs

KANSAS CITY — Former University of Wisconsin wide receiver Robert Wheelwright has found his new home after signing a one-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Wheelwright spent the last thee-plus months as a free agent after being released by the New York Giants in May. He was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Giants in April after some initial confusion over his “Carolina Panthers” Tweet that same night.

The Columbus, Ohio native joins fellow former Badger quarterback Joel Stave on the Kansas City roster after Stave was added to the Chiefs practice squad last November. Wheelwright finished his senior year with a career-high 448 yards on 34 receptions, though he only had one touchdown.

The NFL.com scouting report on Wheelwright wasn’t very promising heading into the NFL Draft. He was described as having a habit of making mental errors.

Summary: A bit of an underachiever. Wheelwright has all of the physical tools, but hasn’t quite lived up to his four-star status. Was a dependable receiver for the last two seasons for the Badgers. Doesn’t play as big as his size suggests. Will likely play the X in the NFL, despite playing the Z in Madison. Needs to get stronger, and develop more of a mean streak. Will get a camp invite, and could stick as a practice squad player for a year or two before getting a chance at a main roster.

Brewers suffer heartbreaker, lose to Giants 9-5 in 10 innings

MILWAUKEE | The Brewers came back from two down in the 9th inning to tie the Giants 5-5. But Milwaukee failed to score again despite having a runner on 3rd and nobody out, and the Giants took advantage with a four-run 10th to beat the Brewers 9-5 on Thursday at Miller Park.

Hunter Pence’s RBI single opened the scoring in the four-run 10th inning. Denard Span added an RBI double off Brewers reliever Jacob Barnes (1-1), who gave up five hits and four runs without retiring a batter.

The Giants rallied after closer Mark Melancon blew a two-run lead in the ninth. Milwaukee’s led off the ninth with a homer, and Travis Shaw’s RBI single three batters later tied the game at 5 with no outs before Melancon got the next three hitters.

Melancon (1-1) ended up with the win in spite of giving up three runs and two hits.

The Brewers tried to rally again in the 10th, but Eric Thames ended the game by grounding into a double play against Derek Law with runners on the corners and one out.

The bearded slugger hit a solo homer for the Brewers, his 16th of the year. Thames also lost a ball in the sun in the top of the 10th after Joe Panik hit a sacrifice fly to the warning track that scored the Giants’ fourth run of the inning.

Milwaukee had to go to its up-and-down bullpen early after starter Paolo Espino went just four innings, allowing five hits and three runs. Espino was called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs to start for Matt Garza, who went on the 10-disabled list this week for a chest contusion.

Brewers: RHP Zach Davies (6-3) goes for a team-high seventh victory when Milwaukee opens a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Davies is coming off one of his best outings of the year, when he allowed three hits over six innings in a 3-0 win on Sunday over the Dodgers.

Brewers top Giants 5-2 behind Anderson’s shutout start

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers starter Chase Anderson extended his shutout streak to a career-best 21.2 innings in a 5-2 win over the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night at Miller Park.

He only needed to strike out four batters to get the job done, but the Brewers bullpen struggled to contain the Giants hitters. Carlos Torres finished off the eighth inning, but not before giving up three hits and two runs (one earned). Corey Knebel came in to get the save in the ninth, his sixth of the year.

The Milwaukee offense provided Anderson some breathing room after putting up four runs in the second inning. Hernan Perez went yard, while Eric Sogard provided a pair of two-out RBIs.

“The guys swinging the bat, you could really just relax today,” Anderson said. “It was nice going out there and having a lead and trying to run with that.”

Anderson provided himself with a little run support with an RBI double in the third inning. That was good for his first career extra-base hit.

“That was fun, for sure. I didn’t really know where second base was,” Anderson said.

Before the game, manager Craig Counsell gave an update on the status of pitcher Matt Garza and his chest contusion. Garza’s bullpen session was cut short because of lingering pain from the injury, shutting down any chance of him getting the start in Thursday’s series finale with the Giants.

Brewers fall to Giants in Phillips’ debut

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers outfield prospect Brett Phillips made his Major League debut Monday night, but it came in a 7-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants.

Junior Guerra held the Giants to two runs (one earned) over five innings, scattering seven hits. But bullpen struggles once again doomed the Crew, as five runs crossed the plate over the final two innings.

“Tonight was a night we didn’t do a good enough job offensively, but we certainly have to get some guys getting some outs down there,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “Rob [Scahill] was a pitch away from getting out of the inning, but that’s a big spot, and a spot where you’ve got to make a pitch.”

Counsell was referring to the bases-loaded double from former Brewers Aaron Hill in the eighth inning. Milwaukee’s offense was stifled by San Francisco starter Jeff Samardzija, who went 7.2 innings, striking out 10 batters and allowing just a single earned run on seven hits.

One of those hits allowed was to Phillips, who was called up from Triple A Colorado Springs earlier in the day to replace Travis Shaw (paternity leave). The 23-year-old finished 1-for-3 at the plate with an up-and-down performance on defense. He gunned down Denard Span on an attempted double, but also dropped a fly ball in the eighth inning.

“If I could, I would trade the base hit and throwing the guy out [for a win], but that’s the game of baseball,” Phillips said. “You’ve got to come back tomorrow and go out there and play hard.”

Packers are in the playoffs after Redskins loss to Giants

The NFC North Championship is still on the line tonight. But the Packers will take part in the NFL playoffs regardless of the outcome of their game in Detroit because the Washington Redskins lost to the New York Giants 19-10 Sunday night in the nation’s capital. The Redskins would have punched a ticket to the playoffs had they won and the Packers and Lions game didn’t end in a tie. But with the loss the Packers and Lions are both in. The Packers have found a way to make the playoffs after starting 4-6 and winning their last five games.

 

Packers hold on for 23-16 win over the Giants

GREEN BAY | The Packers defense held the New York Giants to 16 points and 219 total yards. Receiver Randall Cobb hauled in 9 catches for 108 yards including a key first down catch with two minutes to go, and the Packers held on for a 23-16 hard fought win over the Giants at Lambeau Field on Sunday night.  The Packers improve to 3-1. The Giants fall to 2-3.

The Giants got within seven with under three minutes to go in the 4th quarter when receiver Odell Beckham Jr. jumped high to pull down an 8 yard pass from Eli Manning in the back of the end zone. Beckham’s feet were ruled in bounds after further review. The touchdown got the Giants within seven at 23-16. But the Packers were able to convert the key first down and run the clock out on the ensuing possession.

The Green Bay offense had a big game on the ground. Eddie Lacy had a great start but left the game with an ankle injury in the 2nd half. Lacy finished with 11 carries for 81 yards. James Starks added 33 yards on 12 carries. Fullback Aaron Ripkowski had two carries for 17 yards. Overall the Packers rushed for 147 yards against a tough Giants rush defense.

Packers kicker Mason Crosby was 3-3 on field goal attempts including a 33-yarder with 6:39 to go in the 4th quarter to put the Packers up 23-9.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was not at his best. Rodgers finished 23 of 45 for 259 yards, 2 touchdown and 2 interceptions for a 65 quarterback rating. Rodgers first touchdown pass came on the game’s opening drive | a two yard toss to a diving Jordy Nelson. Nelson has caught a touchdown in all four Packers games this season.  Rodgers also connected with Davante Adams for a 29 yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter.

The Packers now look ahead to a game against the Dallas Cowboys at Lambeau Field next Sunday at 3:25 p.m.