Friday, 19 October, 2018

Yelich, Brewers beat Cubs 3-1 for NL Central title

Brewers turn to Chacin for tiebreaker against Cubs National League playoff picture needs two tiebreaker games
Domingo Copeland | 04 October, 2018, 10:56

8 hitter had more hits (4) than the entire Cubs lineup (3) in the one-game playoff to decide the National League Central Monday afternoon. With AP Photos.The NL West and NL Central were on track for tiebreaker games when the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers all took leads in Game 162. Baez, who spent much of the season as the MVP favorite, said he's aware of what Yelich is doing but wasn't concerned about the race for the league's top individual honor and seemed more interested in winning the division. National League reliever of the month, Corey Knebel, recorded the win for the Brewers, and Josh Hader locked down the Cubs in the eighth and ninth innings to record the save.

The Cubs endured a long list of injuries and players not performing the way they anticipated, whether it was Yu Darvish making just eight starts after signing a $126 million contract or Kris Bryant making two trips to the disabled list because of inflammation in his left shoulder.

October baseball is about to begin with Game No. 163 on Monday. The Brewers haven't announced their starter.

The NL batting leader is also challenging for a Triple Crown, tied with St. Louis' Matt Carpenter for the home run lead at 36.

Christian Yelich's bid to become the first NL Triple Crown victor since 1937 appeared to fall agonizingly short after Sunday's regular-season finale.

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Yelich walked and scored on Jesus Aguilar's single in the first, struck out swinging in the third and fifth and was walked intentionally in the seventh as the fans booed the move. It's the first Game 163s that do not involve a win-or-go-home scenario, as all four teams will be in the postseason.

"Everyone was yelling at me to get up there, so I went up there really quick and went right back down", he said. "He's living a great moment today and hopefully we'll get the opportuinty to play against them again [in the NLDS]". The Brewers strung together four straight hits in a three-run fourth, capped by Kratz's two-run single.

Jose Quintana pitched six-hit ball into the sixth inning and Anthony Rizzo homered, but Chicago's bullpen faltered in the eighth.

We will see you Tuesday night. Quintana faced Milwaukee six times in 2018, allowing only nine earned runs in 37.1 innings (2.17 ERA) while striking out 33 and walking ten. And don't count out Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar, who has 35 home runs.

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