Rockies and Dodgers Reveal Lineups With NL West on the Line

Sherman Parsons
October 3, 2018

The Dodgers got home-field advantage for the tie-breaker after winning the season series against Colorado, 12-7. Chicago hosts Milwaukee on Monday afternoon, and the victor gets a spot in the division series and home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs. It was a near tie between the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, Colorado Rockies, Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals.

Los Angeles won 5-2, getting loud, two-run home runs from Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy off starter German Marquez.

If the Dodgers win the wild card game, they would face the NL Central champion in a division series, beginning Thursday on the road. The rookie finished the season with a 2.15 ERA against the Rockies over 37 2/3 innings and a 2.62 ERA overall in 137 1/3 innings. He last pitched September 23 and came away with a no-decision in Washington's 8-6 loss to the New York Mets after giving up five hits, four walks and three runs in 3 1/3 innings with two strikeouts.

So the Dodgers win the N.L. west for a record sixth time in a row.

Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story hit ninth-inning back-to-back home runs for the Rockies off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Justin Turner and free-swinging Los Angeles are headed for a one-game showdown against Colorado, jumping on San Francisco from the start in a win for a weekend sweep.

Los Angeles' two homers extended its franchise and NL-leading total to 235 on the season.

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Blackmon tripled in his first at-bat and homered into the right-field seats in the third inning. Tyler Anderson was incredible on the mound, pitching 7.2 innings of shutout baseball while giving up only four hits. They have a unsafe top end of their lineup with the likes of Freeman and Markakis, as every playoff team will, but the Dodgers will be a heavy favorite with an overwhelming lineup top-to-bottom.

Muncy then doubled the Dodgers lead in the fifth with another two-run blast before Buehler's RBI in the sixth made it 5-0.

"We are going to the playoffs tomorrow, and that's an incredible opportunity", Blackmon said.

Technically, it's still the regular season, but the calendar has turned to October and, as all baseball fans know, anything can happen in October and the MLB playoffs. Manager Bud Black is still going with David Dahl in the three spot, even though he's a different hitter away from Coors Field. In five appearances against the Rockies this year, Buehler is 0-1 with 33 strikeouts and 11 earned runs.

There have been five complete-game victories in one-game tiebreakers.

Bellinger got the scoring started with a 2-run home run in the bottom of the fourth, his 25th home run of the season. The 91-year-old Hall of Famer, who managed the club to its last World Series title in 1988, wore goggles to protect his eyes from the spray of alcohol.

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