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LEADING OFF: Rockies head to Wrigley for wild-card one-off

05 October, 2018, 08:57 | Author: Delia Walker
  • National League playoff picture needs two tiebreaker games

Milwaukee won its eighth in a row and earned home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs.

The Brewers-Cubs victor gets to start the best-of-five Division Series at home on Thursday against the wild card victor.

Milwaukee Brewers first-baseman Jesus Aguilar is feeling really good about game number 163 today at Wrigley Field to decide the National League Central Division champs.

Yelich is hitting.323 in his first season with Milwaukee, sealing the first batting title in Brewers' history.

Obviously, it won't be easy, but Yelich has a clear path to become the first NL Triple Crown victor since Joe Medwick of the Cardinals 81 years ago.

The Chicago Cubs host the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday, October 1st at 1:05 p.m.

He got Anthony Rizzo, who had earlier hit his 25th homer, to fly out to right field to end the game as the potential tying run after Javier Baez kept the Cubs alive with a two-out single.

The Brewers (94-67) were already assured of making their first playoff appearance since 2011, the last time they won the NL Central.

Tickets for the division series tiebreaker game go on sale HERE beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Although the Colorado Rockies lost the National League West title to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, the real action begins Tuesday.

The Cubs will host the tiebreaker after winning the season series against the Brewers 11-8. Pete Kozma, a.209 hitter, then drove in Lugo with a sacrifice fly to left to tie the game at 5.

At the start of September, the Brewers were in third place and five games behind the Cubs with the Cardinals in second.

Arenado homered twice and Charlie Blackmon hit for the cycle as the Rockies roughed up Washington 12-0.

Jeremy Jeffress hit leadoff batter Jacoby Jones with a pitch in the forearm to lead off the ninth before retiring the next three Tigers for his 14th save.

"I think he's equipped in so many ways to handle this, and perhaps most importantly, he's equipped with unbelievable stuff and the ability to dominate big league hitters because he's such a talented pitcher", manager Aaron Boone said. Reliever Alec Mills, who was up and down with the Cubs this year, held the fort for the most part over two-plus innings.

Lester was 6-1 with a 1.71 ERA in his final eight starts.



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