LEADING OFF: Rockies head to Wrigley for wild-card one-off

Nationals throw twist in NL races before crucial final day

Nationals throw twist in NL races before crucial final day

In the first game of Monday's unprecedented doubleheader, the Milwaukee Brewers will meet the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field at 1 p.m. ET.

By virtue of winning 11 of the 19 games between the two teams during the regular season, the Cubs would welcome the Brewers to the "friendly confines" of Wrigley Field for an extra game to determine the division victor.

The Brewers looked as if they had a crucial win locked up in the top of eighth with normally lights-out reliever Josh Hader on to pitch with a two-run lead.

The 2018 Postseason will begin on Tuesday night on ESPN when the Chicago Cubs host the Colorado Rockies in the NL Wild Card Game presented by Hankook. The Brewers advance to the National League Division Series - and will host game one in the best-of-five series Thursday night at Miller Park.

"We put ourselves in a position to come down to one game to win the division and get a couple days off", he said.

The five-time AL All-Star with the Cleveland Indians (2004, 2007, 2009), the Boston Red Sox (2010) and the Tigers (2014) played his final came of his 16-year major league career September 22 when he started in Detroit against Kansas City.

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The Cubs beat Milwaukee 11-8 in the season series, but Milwaukee won four of the last six games. The Brewers haven't announced their starter.

Lorenzo Cain knows a little something about playing in high-pressure situations.

Hendriks (0-1) will be just the fourth pitcher to start a playoff game after a regular season of no wins, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. 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.

The game was tied at 1 before Milwaukee opened the eighth with three straight hits.

Yelich also heard repeated "MVP!" chants when he singled in each of his first three at-bats. He showed no signs of wear in the season's final month in 1996, as 14 of his 29 hits went for extra bases and he scored 21 runs. Moments later, the Cubs matched Milwaukee by beating the St. Louis Cardinals 10-5 at a soggy Wrigley Field. Quintana is 4-1 with a 2.17 ERA against the Brewers this year.

Aguilar hit his 35th homer, connecting in the fourth off Spencer Turnbull (0-2). Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA in four starts since being acquired in a trade with the Washington Nationals.

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