Lorenzo Cain hit a go-ahead single in the eighth inning to help Milwaukee to its eighth straight win and home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. Walker Buehler was dominant from the second the game started and the offense, albeit taking a few innings to find their groove, looked really good. However, several Rockies said after the game that that was just a step in the season and Shapiro argues that Colorado should celebrate every postseason berth, even if there is more on the line.
The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies all finished with identical records in the National League central and western divisions respectively, so the extra games were needed to determine which teams would take the division.
In the other one-game playoff held the same day, the Brewers beat the Cubs 3-1 for their first NL Central title since 2011.
The Rockies were on a roll coming into the club's second tiebreaker and first for the NL West title, having won nine of 10 since being swept at Dodger Stadium from September 17-19. The 5-2 victory sends the Rockies to Chicago for the Wild Card against the Cubs, as the Dodgers will get to enjoy the friendly confines of Chavez Ravine for the rest of the week.
The NL Will Have Two One-Game Playoff Games For The First Time Ever
Los Angeles now hosts Atlanta in the best-of-five NL Division Series beginning Thursday.
Yelich singled home Milwaukee's first run and won the NL batting title with a.326 average. The two clubs will play a tiebreaker, regular season game no. 163, on Monday in L.A.
The Brewers and Dodgers both entered the final weekend of the regular season a game out of first place.
No such luxury for the Colorado Rockies, who had to board a plane from Los Angeles to the Windy City right after their 5-2 loss to the Dodgers last night. Nolan Arenado - the teams's MVP - hit a solo home run and then Trevor Story hit one of his own. He's hit safely in his last six games and 16 home runs for the season.
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