Cubs Lose Against Brewers, Face Must-Win Situation Tonight

Ruben Holloway
October 5, 2018

With AP Photos.The NL West and NL Central were on track for tiebreaker games when the Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers all took leads in Game 162.

Brewers get it done with the 3-1 victory as they have home field advantage throughout the National League playoffs.

With the win, Milwaukee gets a few days off before they play Thursday at home against the victor of the NL Wild Card Game. In Monday's division tiebreaker against the Cubs, however, Hader made his case to close a few more games out for Milwaukee.

Obviously, it won't be easy, but Yelich has a clear path to become the first NL Triple Crown victor since Joe Medwick of the Cardinals 81 years ago.

Start times for a potential Game 4 at Coors Field on Monday and a potential Game 5 in Milwaukee on October 10 will be announced at a later time.

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NL home run champion Nolan Arenado and the Rockies (91-72) had won nine of 10 before getting shut down by rookie Walker Buehler in a 5-2 loss on Monday.

When September started, the Brewers were five games behind the Cubs in the standings.

Maddon was the Los Angeles Angels' bench coach in 2002 when they won the World Series as a wild card.

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"I didn't really know what to do", Yelich said.

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A Cubs team that preaches a positive one-day-at-a-time attitude only has one more guaranteed game left this year. The Cubs had just three hits in their loss Monday to the Brewers.

Until then, the night belonged to Christian Yelich, the Brewers' MVP candidate who hit a two-run homer in the first after reuniting with his brother.

Blackmon tripled in the first, homered in the third and singled in the fifth to help Colorado make quick work of the Nationals and force an extra game for the division crown.

Jeremy Jeffress hit leadoff batter Jacoby Jones with a pitch in the forearm to lead off the ninth before retiring the next three Tigers for his 14th save. And they beat Washington in a grueling Division Series previous year, winning Game 5 on the road.

Brewers: LHP Wade Miley (5-2) has no record with a 6.19 ERA in three career starts versus Detroit. Daniel Murphy and Baez had the only other hits for the Cubs.

Aguilar hit his 35th homer, connecting in the fourth off Spencer Turnbull (0-2).

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