The 2018 National League Central tie-breaker game was a one-game extension to Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2018 regular season, played between the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago Cubs to determine the champion of the National League's (NL) Central Division. It was played at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois on October 1, 2018.
The Brewers won, 3–1, and became the top seed in the NL playoffs. The Cubs hosted the NL West runner-up Colorado Rockies in the NL Wild Card Game on October 2, with the Rockies advancing to face the Brewers in the National League Division Series.
The tie-breaker was counted as a regular season game for both teams, with all events in the game added to regular season statistics.
|2018 National League Central tie-breaker game|
|Date||October 1, 2018|
|TV announcers||Karl Ravech, Eduardo Pérez, Tim Kurkjian, and Buster Olney|
|Radio announcers||Jason Benetti and Chris Singleton|
Entering the 2018 Major League Baseball season, the Chicago Cubs had won two consecutive National League Central division championships. The Milwaukee Brewers last made the Major League Baseball postseason in 2011, when they won the Central division.
The Cubs and Brewers ended the 2018 season tied for the division lead with 95–67 (.586) win-loss records. Milwaukee ended the season with an eight-game winning streak. As the Los Angeles Dodgers and Colorado Rockies also tied for first place in the National League West, they also played in a tie-breaker game, marking the first time in Major League Baseball that two tie-breakers are needed in a year; with the Brewers and Cubs having tied for the best record in the whole National League - thereby guaranteeing that whoever came in second would still qualify for the Wild Card Game two days later.
|WP: Corey Knebel (4–3) LP: Justin Wilson (4–5) Sv: Josh Hader (12)|
CHI: Anthony Rizzo (25)
The Cubs hosted the tie-breaker game based on their head-to-head record against the Brewers in the regular season. José Quintana started for Chicago, and Jhoulys Chacín started for Milwaukee. ESPN broadcast the game, with Karl Ravech, Eduardo Pérez, Tim Kurkjian, and Buster Olney. The game was also broadcast on ESPN Radio, with Jason Benetti and Chris Singleton.
Christian Yelich had a run batted in (RBI) single for the Brewers in the third inning. Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs tied the game with a home run in the fifth inning, the first hit the Cubs had off of Chacín. Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun of the Brewers added RBI singles in the eighth inning. Orlando Arcia had his first career four hit game and scored two of Milwaukee's runs.
With the victory, Milwaukee finished the season with the best record in the NL. They swept the Colorado Rockies in the 2018 National League Division Series, and advanced to the 2018 National League Championship Series. They then lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games.
The 2018 Milwaukee Brewers season was the 49th season for the Brewers in Milwaukee, the 21st in the National League, and 50th overall. On September 26, the Brewers clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2011. They defeated the Chicago Cubs in the 2018 National League Central tie-breaker game on October 1 to win their first division title since 2011. They swept the Colorado Rockies in the Division Series to advance to the National League Championship Series, where they lost in seven games to the Los Angeles Dodgers.David Stearns
David Stearns (born February 18, 1985) is an American baseball executive who serves as the president of baseball operations and general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). Stearns previously served as the assistant general manager of MLB's Houston Astros, worked for the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, the Arizona Fall League, and in the baseball operations departments for the Cleveland Indians and New York Mets.José Quintana
José Guillermo Quintana (born January 24, 1989) is a Colombian professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He also played in MLB for the Chicago White Sox.
Quintana pitched in Minor League Baseball for the New York Mets and New York Yankees organizations before becoming a free agent and signing with the Chicago White Sox before the 2012 season. He made his MLB debut in 2012, and was named an All-Star in 2016. The White Sox traded Quintana to the Cubs in 2017.