Year ends for UW’s Swan

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAs upsetting as falling to Illinois Saturday was, it was nothing compared to the sense of loss felt by the Wisconsin football team after losing one of its top wide receivers and leaders for the season.Fifth-year senior Luke Swan will undergo surgery Wednesday afternoon, according to UW head coach Bret Bielema, to repair a torn left hamstring that will effectively end his Badger career. He injured it late in the second quarter when he landed awkwardly on his left leg following a 17-yard reception.”Luke’s a great kid. And it was a hard day yesterday,” Bielema said, holding back tears during a press conference Monday. “Anytime you lose somebody for a season, but especially when they’re a senior, and they’ve done so many things, it’s tough for everybody.”I’m sure whatever comes out of this, Luke will make it as positive as he can.”The most difficult component about Swan’s injury is that it was something out of everyone’s control.”When things are ended without it being your own decisions, those are very, very hard to deal with,” Bielema said. “Bottom line, the only thing I do care about is the personal safety of our players.”With Paul Hubbard at least a couple weeks away from returning, Wisconsin will rely heavily upon two freshmen at the receiver position — David Gilreath and Kyle Jefferson — as well as tight ends Travis Beckum and Garrett Graham.”Kyle’s a ballplayer,” Bielema said of his new No. 1 wideout. “He enjoys everything that’s right with game days.”Swan was second on the team in receptions (25) and receiving yards (451). His best game of the season came against Washington State when he caught eight balls for 170 yards and two touchdowns.Defense plays softBeyond the missed tackles, the blown assignments and hundreds of yards allowed, the defense is playing hesitant.Even though much has been made about the increased team speed of the Badgers this year compared to last season, it’s irrelevant if the players can’t make confident, quick decisions.”I believe that if you just take the strong safety position in particular, and you took Joe Stellmacher out last year and raced him against Aubrey Pleasant, I know who’s going to win the race,” Bielema said. “It’s great to have defensive speed, but if it doesn’t carry to the football field, it’s really a nonfactor for you.”More importantly, speed doesn’t equate success.”How you perform, just because you’re fast … doesn’t mean you make plays,” Bielema said. “And bottom line, you can only play as fast as you can see, and that’s what we’ve got to be able to do.”Bielema said part of the problem for the defensive unit all season is that it hasn’t practiced together for a full week since fall camp.”It has really affected the way we practiced and carried over into what we do on Saturdays,” he said. The defense hasn’t had the consistency and dependability that has been expected of them, Bielema said, with one notable exception being Nick Hayden.”Our linebackers and our defensive backs need to take more of a, ‘I don’t need to see great, I just need to have accountability. I want you to do what you’re supposed to do and be able to count on me,'” Bielema said. “And I think that will carry forward a lot further.””I saw DeAndre [Levy]’s comments in the media where he said what he said after the game,” Bielema continued. “And it’s one thing to say it, but now you got to go out and do it. … Our good players need to play well on defense for us to have success.”Moving onWisconsin lost for the first time in more than a year Saturday. For some players, it was their first loss as a Badger.While the loss is troubling, the team cannot dwell on its defeat.”The worst thing you can do in football is let a team beat you twice,” Bielema said. “Illinois earned a victory and beat us this past Saturday. We got to make sure that we focus on Penn State and leave that behind us. … I see teams that may get defeated twice in a row by a lingering effect from the first game, so we try to shake that out of us.”In order to do that, Wisconsin began practicing on Sunday rather than waiting until Monday in hopes that early preparation for Penn State will clear its players’ minds of Saturday’s loss.last_img read more

Dodgers rally against Phillies’ bullpen for 8-0 victory

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, left, and Clayton Kershaw talk in the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese, left, is congratulated by manager Dave Roberts after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsThe Dodgers’ David Freese, right, hits a solo home run as Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto, left, and home plate umpire Jansen Visconti watch during the seventh inning of a game Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, right, steals second as Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Cesar Hernandez takes a late throw during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese (25) hits a solo home run as Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto watches during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ David Freese, second from left, runs to first as he hits a solo home run as Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Vince Velasquez, left, watches along with catcher J.T. Realmuto, second from right, and home plate umpire Jansen Visconti during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill follows through as he throws to the plate during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto has his mask knocked off by a foul tip by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryce Harper gets set to bat during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Kenta Maeda, of Japan, sits in the dugout prior to a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Nick Pivetta throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Nick Pivetta throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws to the plate during the second inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, left, and Clayton Kershaw talk in the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 14Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill, left, and Clayton Kershaw talk in the dugout during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES – A strange brew of sound strategy and good fortune conspired to bring David Freese into the batter’s box against Vince Velasquez in the seventh inning Sunday. While it’s better to be lucky than good, it’s best to be both.The Dodgers’ 2019 season is emerging as proof.Freese’s solo home run against Velasquez broke a scoreless tie and tilted a pitcher’s duel in favor of Dodgers starter Rich Hill. The Dodgers scored seven more runs in the eighth inning to turn a close game into an 8-0 rout before an announced crowd of 49,162.The Dodgers will begin an eight-game trip Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks were seven games behind the Dodgers a week ago; now they are separated by 11 games and two teams. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Pivetta, the Phillies’ number-9 batter, was on deck in the seventh inning after Cesar Hernandez doubled. First base was open, and Maikel Franco was due to bat. Roberts visited the mound.“I knew that I was going to walk (Franco),” Roberts said. “At that point in time for me, we weren’t seeing Pivetta well. So I think (the Phillies) wanted to extend him and keep him going. But for the base to be open, for me to force their hand to go with a bat right there and go to their ‘pen, I wanted to force their hand.”The countermove lay in the hands of Phillies manager Gabe Kapler. Should he let Pivetta bat in a critical situation, or trust a 0-0 game to his bullpen? Pivetta had one hit and seven strikeouts in nine at-bats this season, and ultimately that tipped the scale.Phil Gosselin was announced as the pinch hitter. Hill struck him out on four pitches, freezing Gosselin with a 92-mph fastball on his 103rd and final pitch of the game.“Everybody, as a staff, takes pride in being aggressive, attacking hitters, and throwing strikes,” Hill said. “If you have a good mix of doing that, focus on the moment, on the pitch at hand, you’re going to be successful more often than not. You see that night in and night out from our starters.”When Velasquez replaced Pivetta to begin the bottom of the seventh inning, the game quickly unraveled.Left-handed hitting first baseman Matt Beaty drew the start at first base against Pivetta, a right-handed pitcher. Beaty left the game with tightness in his left hip after four innings. He said afterward the injury was minor, that he could play Monday. Freese, a right-handed hitter, took over at first base in the fifth inning.Freese has played sparingly against right-handed pitchers in his 11th major league season – especially off the bench. But the 36-year-old is 9 for 22 (.409) with seven walks against right-handed relievers after Sunday’s 2-for-3 performance. In addition to his home run against Velasquez, Freese singled through a drawn-in infield during the Dodgers’ eighth-inning rally.Related Articles Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Including their sweep of the Phillies, the Dodgers went 6-1 on a seven-game homestand to improve the National League’s best record to 41-19.“We played really good baseball,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “You could see today (Nick) Pivetta was on a mission, was throwing the ball really well. We really couldn’t figure him out. Fortunately Rich matched him pitch for pitch, and then we got to their ‘pen and really went to work.”Hill (2-1) tossed seven shutout innings. He took a no-hitter into the fifth. Dating to May 10, Dodger starting pitchers are 14-1 with a 1.94 ERA, and 134 strikeouts in 127 ⅔ innings.Hill finished with nine strikeouts over seven shutout innings. He allowed only three hits and three walks.Yet the game remained scoreless into the seventh inning because Pivetta made arguably the best start by a Dodger opponent this season. In six shutout innings, the right-hander allowed three hits and didn’t walk a batter. Pivetta’s nine strikeouts matched the most by any Dodger opponent in 2019, and his six shutout innings fell one short of Patrick Corbin’s season high. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “You lose Beaty to a mild hip flexor thing, get him out of there, then to put Dave in there, get the game-winning hit, homer, then defensively making plays out there impacted the game today – he does epitomize a lot about what we’re about,” Roberts said.The Dodgers sent seven batters to the plate in the seventh inning and 10 in the eighth. Joc Pederson hit his 18th home run of the season, a two-run shot. Freese and Russell Martin each finished 2 for 3. Cody Bellinger went 1 for 4, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.The Dodgers out-hit the Phillies 10-3 in the game and 30-15 in the series.The Phillies completed a trade for Jay Bruce, a veteran right-handed slugger, about 20 minutes into the game. They sent a minor league third baseman, Jake Scheiner, along with cash to the Seattle Mariners. Bruce is expected to join his new teammates Monday in San Diego.The Phillies could have used him Sunday. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more