NLDS: Brewers sweep Rockies, advance to NLCS

Ruben Hill
October 10, 2018

The second time, Arenado threw his bat to the ground in disgust.

— Flashing Leather. It seems nearly every game, Arenado turns in a highlight-reel play at third base. He has endured long and lean years in Colorado, frustrated by his team's struggles to win, mindful that he can take his talents to any team in the league after next season.

For the first time in his career, Arenado is playing in a postseason series. It has not gone well. Almost became first Triple Crown victor in National League since 1937.

Jeremy Jeffress #32 of the Milwaukee Brewers reacts to a double play during the ninth inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers at Miller Park on September 28, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In the three NLDS games, Blackmon mustered just one hit in 12 at-bats.

Jesus Aguilar, Orlando Arcia and Keon Broxton homered, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-0 in Game 3 on Sunday in Denver to sweep the National League Division Series.

Colorado won nine of its last 10 regular season games to force a one-game playoff with the Dodgers.

The final score belied the tension.

Colorado had just one hit before Gerardo Parra and Matt Holliday opened the ninth with consecutive singles off Jeffress, who had made 11 consecutive scoreless appearances since August 31. Scoring first will be a big key for the Rockies in this game, and they should get the job done. Gerardo Parra's 2019 option may be declined. Carlos Gonzalez lined out in the eighth inning, lowered his head, and put his hands on his knees in disbelief.

Granted, it wasn't with men on base.

Marquez went five innings and allowed two runs before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. Holliday struck out anyway.

He didn't mention a similar faith in the Rockies' offense.

Arenado is not one of the most glaring offenders in this series. This was different than an "opener", because it didn't see a starter enter an inning or two into the game. Milwaukee (96-67) is making first playoff appearance since 2011, last time team won division. They'll also be bucking the season series.

"It just feels good when you step off the plane, you smell Colorado air", third baseman Nolan Arenado said before Sunday's defeat on a cold, wet afternoon.

Colorado had a chance to win the NL West before it lost 5-2 in the tiebreaker at Los Angeles on Monday.

None of this is to slight the Brewers' pitching. So I can't really criticize anyone. "You saw a lot of guys chasing bad pitches, including myself", Gonzalez said. Chacin went five innings Friday, after Brandon Woodruff went three on Thursday.

"I really don't think anything we did was that unorthodox", Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. He went 7-5 with a 3.23 ERA on the road, then delivered 6 2/3 shutout innings at Wrigley Field in wild-card game against Cubs. "Our guy pitched three".

Christian Yelich, the odds-on favorite to win the NL MVP award, received his first taste of postseason play.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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