Brewers' National League Division Series game times announced

03 October, 2018, 11:05 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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Cubs skipper Joe Maddon says in many ways the fact that the 162-game season comes down to an extra game to decide the national Central division champion shows why in his view baseball is the ideal sport.

The Cubs are going with 14 position players and 11 pitchers.

The Cubs will be hosting the Rockies in the Wild Card Game tonight, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

This marked the longest postseason game in Wrigley Field history in both time (4:55) and innings.

The Cubs tied it in the eighth 1-1 on a two-out RBI-double by Javier Baez. Colorado won two of three in Chicago in late April/early May. The Rockies will play the Brewers in the NLDS beginning Thursday in Milwaukee.

For the Rockies, it will be the third game in three days in three different time zones.

The Cubs could not put anything together against Freeland.


"I don't know if there is anybody better in the big leagues in a situation like this", said Cubs infielder Daniel Murphy, who faced Lester in the 2015 playoffs with the Mets and the 2017 postseason with the Nationals. A 95-win season, the second-best mark in the NL, means little because of the loss.

Before the game, Baez sounded the alarm. Maybe they had blown a five-game lead in the division, but they were still alive, which only nine other teams could say on October 2. "We'll be leaning on him hard, we've got to score him some runs so he can settle in". We've got to go out there and compete. "Even when we're struggling, we are the head of everybody".

"It doesn't matter, like everybody", Baez said. Fans. Who cares? I don't pay attention to it, but it's around.

They fell into the trap.

Colorado scored first in the opening frame when a sacrifice fly from Nolan Arenado scored Charlie Blackmon to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead.

This happened because the Cubs couldn't get the job done in their National League Central Tiebreaker against the Brewers on Monday. They had six hits Tuesday night. Last year, they ran out of gas in the NLCS.

The offense was on fire one game, until that fire was doused inexplicably the next.

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