Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks forward (⬆️ UP)

Giannis loves Milwaukee and the city loves him right back. First, Antetokounmpo signed a contract which kept him with the Bucks. Then he helped lead the team to its first NBA championship in 50 years. Last week, he bought a piece of the Milwaukee Brewers. Wednesday, he attended the Brewers game against Cincinnati. The Brewers, as well as the fans, were kind of meandering along, Milwaukee trailing 4-1. Then Giannis, in a suite, was showed on the big board after the seventh-inning stretch. The crowd went crazy – the loudest it had been all game – and “MVP, MVP” chants echoed inside American Family Field. The Brewers then erupted for four runs to take the lead. Coincidence? We think not.

Brewers training staff (⬇️ DOWN)

Freddy Peralta had to be removed from last Wednesday’s game due to inflammation of his right shoulder and went on the 10-day injured list the next day. Outfielder Tyrone Taylor, having a nice season, went on the IL on Saturday. Daniel Vogelbach has twice tried to rehab his hamstring injury and now finds himself on the 60-day injured list. Eduardo Escobar was injured running out a grounder Sunday and hit the 10-day IL on Tuesday. Later that day, Willy Adames had a quadriceps injury he’s been dealing with flare up. Hopefully not IL stint is needed. We prefer the training staff not being so busy.

Kamal Martin, former Packers linebacker (⬇️ DOWN)

Big things in Green Bay appeared to be in Martin’s future last training camp as the fifth-round pick seemed headed to being a starting inside linebacker. An injury in training camp, though, delayed his start to the 2020 season. He ended up playing in 10 games with six starts, though, recording 24 tackles, three for loss and one sack. Martin was expected to compete for the starting job again in 2021 … and then the Packers signed De’Vondre Campbell. Martin started seeing snaps at outside linebacker in camp (not a good sign when they start moving you around). Finally, the end came for Martin’s Packers career – at the 80-man cutdown date Tuesday, no less. He didn’t even make it to the final week of camp. A surprising move, especially considering where he was a year ago. 

Hilary Knight, former Badgers forward (⬆️ UP)

Knight tied Cammi Granato’s record for most career goals in women’s world championship play Sunday then broke it Tuesday by tallying No. 45. Knight also tied Granato’s record for points (78). Teammate Brianna Dekcer, another Wisconsin alum, notched her 39th career assist, also a women’s record, on, appropriately, Knight’s goal.

Kolten Wong, Brewers second baseman (⬆️ UP)

Wong had put together three consecutive games with two hits and two runs. He’s also homered and driven in three runs in back-to-back games. Overall in six games this past week he hit .364 with seven runs and nine RBI.

Brewers starting pitchers (⬇️ DOWN)

Normally the strength of Milwaukee, the rotation had a rough week. First, there was Peralta’s short stint and subsequent trip to the injured list. Brandon Woodruff was tagged for six runs – the most he’s allowed in a start all season -- on eight hits with four walks and only two strikeouts in five innings. Brett Anderson gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings. Eric Lauder three in 4 1/3. Adrian Houser, off the IL, was removed after 68 pitches and lasting only 3 1/3 innings. Finally, Corbin Burnes had more trouble than usual throwing strikes, allowing four runs – or three more than he gave up in his previous three August starts combined – in six innings. The good news, though, is Milwaukee went 4-2 in those games, with Josh Hader picking up a win and three saves.