Rockies' Blackmon hits for cycle against Nationals

03 October, 2018, 13:32 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
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The Dodgers got home-field advantage for the tie-breaker after winning the season series against Colorado, 12-7.

The victor hosts Atlanta in a best-of-five Division Series starting Thursday; the loser is on the road for the NL wild-card game Tuesday against the loser of Monday's Brewers-Cubs NL Central tiebreaker. The Rockies, on the other hand, will play the loser of the NL Central tiebreaker in the NL Wild Card Game.

The Dodgers offense was able to get the job done against Rockies starter German Marquez as well, beginning in the fourth inning. On the offensive side, the Dodgers have not been consistent at all this year but over the course of the last few games, there have been reasons to believe that they will turn it around for the postseason.

Walker Buehler stifled the Colorado Rockies as the Los Angeles Dodgers unleashed their hitting power in a division-clinching 5-2 tiebreaker victory on Monday.

Walker Buehler was set to start for the Dodgers (91-71) as the defending NL champions try for a sixth straight West title.

First baseman Max Muncy followed with another two-run homer off of Marquez in the fifth to help the Dodgers put the game out of reach. Dahl has six home runs in his last seven games and 15 RBI's.

Of course, they defeated the Washington Nationals by a 12-2 score, pounding out 18 hits which included home runs from Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez.

In a surprising twist, Nats manager Davey Martinez revealed after the Saturday's game that Erick Fedde will start on Sunday. The rally made a victor out of Parker Bridwell (1-0), who pitched a 1-2-3 top of the ninth. The 24-year-old Kentucky native, who owns 148 strikeouts over 130 2/3 innings, held Arizona to two runs over six innings in his last start and has lost only once since August 1 - at Colorado on September 8.

"We are going to the playoffs tomorrow, and that's an fantastic opportunity", Blackmon said.

Milwaukee hasn't announced a starting pitcher for Monday's 163rd regular season game.

The Rockies countered with one - count 'em - one hit off Buehler, a single by Charlie Blackmon to break up Buehler's no-hitter in the sixth.

Buehler's only slip-up came on the field after the game when he let loose with an inadvertent expletive, having been handed the mic after fans demanded to hear from him. In five appearances against the Rockies this year, Buehler is 0-1 with 33 strikeouts and 11 earned runs.

Led by a 2-run homer from Corey Bellinger, the Dodgers jumped all over the Rockies from the opening bell and never looked back.



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