NL Central tiebreaker versus the Chicago Cubs.
Joakim Soria (3-1) got the win with a scoreless seventh. A two-run deficit against this team feels impossible to come back from, and it was this time around for the Cubs. We've got to come in. The atmosphere here should be nothing short of electric. The Midwest rivals might not be done with each other after Monday, either - the victor of the wild-card game will face the NL Central champ in the NL Division Series.
Triple Crown contender Christian Yelich and the Brewers advanced to an NL Central tiebreaker against the Cubs, putting themselves in position Sunday with an 11-0 romp over the Detroit Tigers. Walker Buehler (7-5, 2.76 ERA) tries to help the Dodgers win their sixth straight division title when he starts at San Francisco.
If the Rockies win, they will advance to the division series against the Milwaukee Brewers and they would play afternoon games on Thursday and Friday.
The Cubs were a little late to Sunday's party. Yelich's 36 home runs are even with Colorado's Trevor Story and St. Louis' Matt Carpenter, one behind Arenado.
"We've played each other really tough all year", Yelich said. Hendriks was waived off the 40-man roster in June, spent two months in the minors, then emerged in September as Oakland's go-to "opener" to cover for an injury-decimated rotation.
"I know how hard it is to get to this point and I'm proud to be a part of this group", Yelich said as Milwaukee's boozy party swirled around him, filling every inch of the cramped visitors' clubhouse at Wrigley Field. It worked out good for me and the team. Knebel has appeared in 16 games without allowing a run and has struck out 33 batters in just 16⅓ innings. They did so in the third after two outs, on a double by Daniel Murphy, a triple by Ben Zobrist, a walk to Javy Baez and Rizzo's triple.
"This is nothing new to us", outfielder Jason Heyward said. "It felt like extra innings, having to deal with so many different pitching changes". They had the higher expectations coming into the season and have the much higher payroll. Severino wants a shot at redemption after getting just one out in last year's wild-card game against Minnesota - the Yankees rallied for an 8-4 victory.