Rockies are eliminated from postseason play
Well, we have our first team taken out of the World Series chase as the postseason field is cut down to seven teams. The Brewers have been a dominant force for the better part of the last six weeks, and especially over the last few. That continued on Sunday, and surprisingly enough it was pitching on display again. This is a team that has been known for its offensive prowess and its incredible bullpen, but the starting pitching was supposed to be shaky. Wade Miley got the start on Sunday for Game Three in Colorado, and it was easy to envision things going sideways. Instead, the former Red Sox snake-wrangler tossed 4 2⁄3 scoreless innings before handing things off to the bullpen, and the relievers maintained the shutout. Meanwhile, Milwaukee got on the board right away in the top of the first, and added a few more runs throughout the night before adding back-to-back homers in the ninth to really put the nail in the coffin. With the 6-0 victory, the Brewers clinched an NLCS appearance while the Rockies will be looking to prepare for 2019.
You can get the Milwaukee-based reactions of the series-clinching win here, and the Colorado side of things here.
Braves stay alive with the long ball
In the late game on Sunday, the Dodgers were going for a sweep of their own and looking to lock up an NLCS matchup against the Brewers. Los Angeles had dominated the first two games of this series and they had young, budding superstar Walker Buehler on the mound. The Braves weren’t going down easy, though. They came out ready to play and had a five-run second inning that was punctuated by a huge grand slam by rookie phenom Ronald Acuña. They did stay off the board for a while after that, and with two homers in the fifth the Dodgers ended up tying the game at five. Atlanta once again didn’t back down, and it was Freddie Freeman coming through with a go-ahead homer in the sixth to take the lead back. The Braves bullpen was nails after that and they held on to the one-run victory. They’ll be back for a Game Four, at least, and Atlanta will try to shift this series back out west.
You can get the Braves reaction to this victory here, and the Dodgers side of things here.