Brewers beat Tigers, NL Central tiebreaker vs. Cubs looms

Posted October 04, 2018

The Milwaukee Brewers came to Wrigley Field and left celebrating as they downed the Chicago Cubs 3-1 to win the National League Central title Monday.

The Milwaukee Brewers will be at the Chicago Cubs after the two tied for the National League Central title and the Colorado Rockies will travel to the Los Angeles Dodgers to decide the National League West championship. The victor of that game will face the victor of the Brewers-Cubs game in the best-of-five NLDS. "They've done the job for us all season".

Since the tiebreakers are considered game No. 163 of the regular season, all stats Monday will count, giving Yelich a chance to win the first NL Triple Crown since Joe Medwick in 1937. Orlando Arcia, batting in the eighth slot, had a career-high four hits, and Josh Hader closed out another dominant relief performance for the Brew Crew.

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The bullpen held the Tigers scoreless over the final three innings after a few shaky moments in the middle of the game.

Yelich, who's 1-for-11 against Quintana this year, said to reporters in Milwaukee "he's pitched really well against us all year".

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. See the accompanying table for the times of all Division Series games through Sunday, October 7th. The Brewers strung together four straight hits in a three-run fourth, capped by Kratz's two-run single. In 63 games since the break, however, he's hit.361/.445/.770 and crushed 25 home runs.

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"We're going to beat Atlanta", a shirtless Yasiel Puig proclaimed, rivulets of beer and champagne down his front and back. He's 0-1 with a 2.61 ERA in those starts.

Quintana kept the Cubs in the game with another stingy performance against Milwaukee, allowing one run in five-plus innings. But the 26-year-old Gray surrendered five earned runs in two frames in that contest, and has a 7.11 ERA in his last seven starts.

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