Milwaukee Brewers Sweep Colorado to win NL Division Series

October 8, 2018 by Noah Gagnon
Erik Kratz celebrates with Josh Hader after winning the NL Division title last night in colorad

The Milwaukee Brewers swept into Colorado for a three game series and when it was over, left the city known for its beer with three back-to-back wins to win the NL Division title.

As the Milwaukee Brewers left the dugout and split onto, it was Erik Kratz who noticed relive pitcher Josh Hader alone on the mound. Kratz wasted little time running over to give him a big hug, a celebration of celebrations.

Milwaukee’s opening pitcher, Wade Miley had five masterfully pitched innings before the bullpen took over as the Brewers won 6-0 last night in Game 3 of 3 to become NL Divisional Champs. Milwaukee won eleven straight games, starting in the regular season and going into the playoffs. The will now face the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday and without a loss in almost three weeks, the Dodger’s will have their work cut out for them.

Christian Yelich, the series MVP, commented, as you heard chants in the clubhouse of MVP. MVP. MVP” saying,

“One at a time, man. That’s what we’ve been saying, one at a time. Focus on the now.”

Craig Counsell, manager of the Brewer, made all the right moved, and that started with the pitchers. Trevor Story and Nolan Arenado denied the Colorado Rockies for most of the series only allowing fourteen hits and two runs – impressive to say the least. It was the story of the series, said Counsell, and it has been as much for the last three weeks. It was the pitching that helped Milwaukee beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1.

While Miley had a rough start in the post-season, he quickly gained his wits and allowed on three hits in the five innings he pitched. Thereon, it was a series of relievers that came out to get the job done and that ended with Hader.

Last night’s game was Hader’s first post-season start. The Brewers acquired Hader from the Yankees this past May, and it seems to be paying off. Kratz is another on the roster making his name known as he has gone five for eight in the series. Commenting, Kratz said,

“I really feel like I’ve played my last game for the last 12 years because the game doesn’t owe anybody anything. When you understand that you appreciate these times more than anything else.”

Keon Broxton and Orlando Arcia each hit homers in the ninth inning to help increase the landslide that was Colorado’s reality. The joint efforts essentially shut down the Rockies offense multiple times who were unable to get hits against the rigid pitching of the Brewers.

Colorado’s manager, Bud Black, commenting on the series that saw dismal results from the Rockies, said.

“We got into the dance. We fought, but we might not have played our best. Part of that is the opposition, how they played.”

Colorado didn’t do themselves any favours in game three and watched in silence as the Brewers racked up two runs in the sixth inning without even hitting the ball. One from a balk, the other for a wild pitch that earned Kratz his second run of the game. The Brewers will now have a few days off to rest and prepare for the League Championship series with their first game scheduled for this Friday against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox’s and New York Yankee’s are still in the midst of their series with Boston up 2-1.

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