We had two tiebreaker games on Monday. That was fun. The Brewers-Cubs game at Wrigley was a tense affair that the Brewers put away with two runs in the eighth and then too much Josh Hader for the Cubs’ taste. The Brewers won their first division title since 2011 thanks to winning their final eight games — and matching that 2011 team with a franchise-record 96 wins.
The Dodgers then beat the Rockies behind a scoreless effort from rookie Walker Buehler and big home runs from Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy. The win clinched L.A.’s sixth straight NL West title. Let’s look ahead for all four teams:
Monday’s result: Brewers beat Cubs 3-1
The Brewers seemingly labored over their decision to start Jhoulys Chacin, not naming him until Monday morning, rather than going with some sort of bullpen game. He allowed just one hit and one run in 5⅔ innings, the lone hit an Anthony Rizzo home run in the fifth inning. Corey Knebel pitched a perfect seventh, and Hader threw the final two scoreless innings. The biggest out all day for the Brewers went to Joakim Soria, who struck out Javier Baez swinging on a 3-2 fastball with two runners on to end the sixth, when the game was still tied.