The Milwaukee Brewers have punched their ticket to play in the National League Championship Series after sweeping the Colorado Rockies in the National League Division Series. A 6-0 win in Game 3 on Sunday evening at Coors Field sealed the Brewers fate as the team had won its first playoff series since the 2011 NLDS.
The series began in Milwaukee with a bang and after Christian Yelich hit a two-run home run in the third inning, the Rockies would not score until the top of the ninth when Charlie Blackmon singled in Gerardo Parra (Blackmon’s RBI single was just the second Rockies’ hit of the night) and Nolan Arenado hit a sacrifice fly to shallow center to bring the score to an even 2-2. After almost collapsing, the Brewers were not about to let this game get away from them and in the bottom of the tenth inning with runners on first and third with two outs, Mike Moustakas played the hero and hit a walk-off single to right field to end the game.
After barely scratching out a win the night before, the Brewers came ready to play in game two and made quick work of the Rockies in a 4-0 shutout. A stellar outing from Jhoulys Chacin, a Hernan Perez RBI double, a Mike Moustakas RBI single with the bases loaded, and an Erik Kratz broken bat two-RBI single to left field would pave the way to Milwaukee’s victory and just like that, the Rockies were in a 0-2 hole. The series would not be getting any better for Colorado at home.
Wade Miley would start game three in Coors against German Marquez and Marquez, who had been so successful during the regular season, did not have such luck in the game that would decide the Rockies season and after giving up two runs in five innings in a game in which six Brewers hurlers combined for nine shutout innings and the Brewers offense went off with Jesus Aguilar, Orlando Arcia, and Keon Broxton all homering in a game that would end the Rockies magical 2018 season.
The Milwaukee Brewers had completed their first postseason sweep in history and will now advance to the NLCS against either the Atlanta Braves or the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 28 innings during this series, the Rockies never even had a lead over the dominant Brewers and only scored in one of those innings.
Daryll and I both predicted that Milwaukee would advance to the NLCS (while we had different ideas on who they would be playing) and now that they have done so, I now have a 3-2 lead over my co-writer in our Postseason Predictions Standings.
Giuseppe – 3
Daryll – 2