WP: Corbin Burnes (1-0); LP: Gernan Marquez (0-1); Save: none; Homeruns: Jesus Aguilar (1), Orlando Arcia (1), Keon Broxton (1)
NLDS Champions Box Score
Your MIlwaukee Brewers are moving on to the National League Championship Series after shutting out the Colorado Rockies 6-0, completing a three game sweep in the NLDS. Today’s win at Coors Field was built on more very good pitching by the Brewers, with starter Wade Miley going 4.2 shutout innings and Corey Knebel, Joakim Soria, Corbin Burnes, Jeremy Jeffress, and Josh Hader finished it off.
That makes eleven straight wins for Milwaukee going back to the regular season.
Miley allowed three hits in his stint, and walked one. He struck out two, and exited with a 2-0 lead and one on with two down in the fifth. Corey Knebel came on to face Charlie Blackmon and struck him out.
The Brewers built a 1-0 lead by manufacturing a first inning run. Christian Yelich drew a one out walk off of Rockies’ starter German Marquez, Ryan Braun poked a single through the hole into right, and Travis Shaw’s grounder into the hole was backhanded by DJ LeMahieu, but all he could get was a force at second with Yeli scoring. 1-0 Brewers.
Jesus Aguilar ( or Aguilera, according to Bob Costas) pulled a hanging slider into the left field seats with one down in the fourth to bump the lead up to 2-0.
The Brewers had first and third with two out in the fifth, and Travis Shaw pulled one towards the hole that hit Braun in the foot. That’s an automatic put-out for the first baseman (in this case), Shaw got a hit, but no run for the Crew. I’m not sure that LeMahieu doesn’t throw out Shaw, but at the time it was a “What the...” moment.
The Brewers doubled their lead to 4-0 with some serious help from Rockies reliever Scott Oberg. With one down Mike Moustakas singled and Erik Kratz doubled off the wall in right, putting runners at second and third. After Orlando Arcia struck out, Craig Counsell sent up Curtis Granderson to hit for Knebel. With an 0-1 count, Oberg stepped on the mound and dropped the ball; that’s a balk. Moose scored, Kratz to third. Then Oberg delivered a wild pitch and Kratz turned on the jets to score that fourth run.
With all of us breathing a bit easier, Soria worked the sixth with a walk and two strikeouts, and Corbin Burnes was perfect for two with two K’s.
Milwaukee padded the lead in the top of the ninth when Orlando Arcia and Keon Broxton led off the inning with back to back homeruns.
Jeremy Jeffress came on in the bottom of the ninth to close things off, but with one out Trevor Story’s drive to left was mishandled by Yelich in left for a double, and Matt Holliday walked on a 3-2 count. Rather than let JJ throw any more pitches, Counsell went with Josh Hader to finish things. Carlos Gonzalez struck out and Ian Desmond flew out to center to end things.