Brewers clip Cubs to win division tiebreaker, home field through NL playoffs

Hope Soto
October 2, 2018

Twenty-years ago this past week, on September 28, 1998, the Cubs beat the Giants in the one-game Wild Card tie-breaker 5-3 at Wrigley Field.

The Cardinals kept alive their chance for a wild card, but were eliminated by the Los Angeles Dodgers' 10-6 victory at San Francisco.

It's fair to say the stakes will be high.

That line is just as true over ten years later as Major League Baseball has created a ideal storm of two tiebreaking games to determine the winners of the NL Central and West divisions, the results of which will also decide the NL Wild Card game participants.

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A sizable portion of Milwaukee fans in the crowd of 38,450 chanted "Let's go Brewers!". It's not just that they came back from trailing the Cubs by half a dozen games, but this team has all the makings of being something special. Our route has been a little different than anybody else. It was an interesting play as there were two strikes when Chacin laid that bunt down. "We needed to win today by all means, and tomorrow the same thing", said first baseman Anthony Rizzo of Sunday and Monday for the Cubs.

Hamels (4-3) was a tough-luck loser, dropping his third straight start after going 4-0 in his first nine outings following a trade from Texas. Josh Hader did just that, striking out three and allowing just a two-out hit by Javy Baez in the ninth. It was a groundout, by the way, that would've been a single up the middle against most teams, but Javier Baez ranged far up the middle from short to cut it off and throw Cain out. And don't count out Brewers first baseman Jesús Aguilar, who has 35 home runs.

Carpenter played a role in both runs as St. Louis scored in the fourth and fifth to go up 2-1.

Some valid concern might have cropped up after the Cubs lost on Saturday, 2-1, but that was against a sterling pitching performance from Miles Mikolas, and even in that, the Cubs still had mentally focused at bats, so it wasn't all that surprising to see them jump out for 10 runs Sunday.

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