Brewers, Cubs to meet in NL Central Tiebreaker Monday

Emmett Rice
October 2, 2018

The victor advances to host the NL East champion Atlanta Braves in the opener of the best-of-five Division Series on Thursday and the loser settles for playing in the Wild Card Game on Tuesday at the Milwaukee Brewers or the Chicago Cubs. He also scored two runs and struck out once.

It's the famous Game 163 - the ultimate regular season drama in Major League Baseball.

After moving to Los Angeles, the Dodgers did win a best-of-three series against the Milwaukee Braves for the 1959 pennant, but three years later, it was the Giants again who stood in the way.

Marquez comes into the game 2-0 against the Dodgers this year.

Los Angeles Dodgers Brian Dozier right celebrates with Rich Hill after he hit a two-run home run against the San Francisco Giants in the third inning of a baseball game in San Francisco Sunday Sept. 30 2018

These aren't elimination games - the losers will end up as the NL wild cards - but there will still be some pressure, since the division winners head straight to the Division Series.

There have been five complete-game victories in one-game tiebreakers. Matt Holliday slid home - and maybe touched the plate - to eliminate San Diego in 2007. The last one was in 2013 for the second AL wild card - the Rays beat the Rangers 5-2.

At least Joe Maddon's team got a taste of the pressure on Sunday when they had to win to just get the shot on Monday. The victor of this contest will play the Braves in the NLDS. The Colorado Rockies thumped the Washington Nationals, setting the stage for the NL West showdown. The Rockies shut out the Nationals in front of the home crowd, 12-0. Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon became the fourth player to hit for the cycle this season.

The Rockies handled business Sunday with a 12-0 win against the Nationals; however, the Dodgers also handled theirs with a monstrous 15-0 win over the Giants. Jim Deshaies set the modern record by striking out his first eight batters in a 1986 game, and Jacob deGrom matched the feat in 2014. On Saturday, however, the Nationals announced that Erick Fedde would start instead, citing Scherzer's workload and the fact that both Colorado and Los Angeles had already clinched playoff spots.

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