Kyle Freeland to start for Colorado in National League Wild Card Game


Yelich got the Brewers on the board first, with a run-scoring single in the third inning.

A division title is much more fun than a Triple Crown.

"I think he's equipped in so many ways to handle this, and perhaps most importantly, he's equipped with awesome stuff and the ability to dominate big league hitters because he's such a talented pitcher", manager Aaron Boone said.

In the second game, at 4 p.m. ET, the Los Angeles Dodgers will host the Colorado Rockies to decide the NL West title. Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (15-8, 3.56 ERA) is up next in the rotation, but the Brewers could opt to save him for the Wild Card Game or the NL Division Series opener.

Christian Yelich hit two home runs, including a go-ahead solo shot, and the Milwaukee Brewers moved into a first-place tie with the Chicago Cubs in the National League Central with a 6-5 win over the visiting Detroit Tigers on Saturday.

"We're a team that relies on our bullpen", Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. The best-of-seven National League Division Series will open on Thursday with the pairings to be determined. But since the Dodgers, Rockies, Brewers, and Cubs all won, neither the Central nor the West has been decided.

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The Brewers won four of six against Chicago in September to help forge the tiebreaker game after the Cubs went from trailing them by 4 1/2 games in the division to leading by five. Yelich finished the season with the best final month in franchise history, entering Monday's tiebreaker game hitting.352, getting on base at a.500 clip and slugging.807.

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.

"Any time we play the Cubs, it's a hostile environment, especially in Wrigley Field". "Never give up. Continue to fight each and every day in each and every at-bat". But two runs in the eighth provided the win.

"I didn't feel like it was a blowout here", Maddon said. The right-hander pitched five innings of one-hit ball in a 2-1 victory at St. Louis on Wednesday night. Daniel Murphy and Baez had the only other hits for the Cubs. Lorenzo Cain hit the tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth. Milwaukee was predicted by most to miss the playoffs once again. When it was over, Hader wrapped his arms around catcher Erik Kratz as the rest of the Brewers poured out of the dugout.

The Brewers, who went 86-76 a year ago, scored six times in the seventh. "There's been a few guys this year who have gone on special runs, and he's one of them". "I don't really know what to do", Yelich said. "We wanted to bring this home for them".

Arcia's two-run single made it 10-0.