By: Ross Sutton
Brewers @ Cubs (Brewers Win 3-1):
This was a great game from start to finish, and it was definitely what baseball fans were hoping for in the battle for the NL Central. In the end, the Brewers won 3-1, as the likely NL MVP Christian Yelich went 3-4 and drove in the Brewers first run of the game. Orlando Arcia also had a great game at the plate, going 4-4 in the biggest game of the season for the Brew Crew. Milwaukee got big hits from Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun in the top of the 8th inning when both players hit RBI singles to give the Brewers a lead over the Cubs. Brewers’ starter Jhoulys Chacin pitched very well in this game, only allowing one hit (a 430 foot bomb by Anthony Rizzo) over 5.2 innings of work. The icing on the cake for the Brewers is now that they have the best record in the National League, they will have home-field advantage for the NLDS and NLCS, if they get there. Rizzo’s home run was the biggest highlight of the game for Cubs fans, who left Wrigley disappointed and suddenly nervous for the one-game Wild Card game on Tuesday night. As for the Cubs starter, Jose Quintana pitched well, only allowing one run over five innings pitched. Overall, the Cubs simply couldn’t put together a good enough rally against the Brewers pitching, as Chicago only had three hits in the game. Luckily for the Cubs though, they will play at home in the Wild Card game.
Rockies @ Dodgers (Dodgers win 5-2):
This game wasn’t as exciting as the first tiebreaker today, but it was still a good game with a great atmosphere. The biggest reason for the Dodgers win today was starter Walker Buehler, who pitched incredibly well. Over 6.2 innings, Buehler allowed just one hit and zero runs. Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy had the two big hits for L.A., as they both hit two-run homers in the middle innings. The Rockies scored both of their runs in the bottom of the ninth when Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story hit back-to-back solo home runs off of Kenley Jansen. The Dodgers now advance to the NLDS to face the Braves and the Rockies will travel to Chicago to play the Cubs tomorrow night in the Wild Card round.
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