2018 National League West tie-breaker game

The 2018 National League West tie-breaker game was a one-game extension to Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2018 regular season, played between the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers to determine the champion of the National League's (NL) West Division. It was played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California on October 1, 2018.

The game was won by Los Angeles, 5–2. The Dodgers became the second seed in the NL playoffs and advanced to play the NL East champion Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series. The Rockies were hosted by the NL Central runner-up Chicago Cubs in the NL Wild Card Game on October 2.[1]

The tie-breaker counted as a regular season game for both teams, with all events in the game added to regular season statistics.[2]

2018 National League West tie-breaker game
2018 NL Division Tiebreaker Logo
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado Rockies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 0
Los Angeles Dodgers 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 x 5 9 0
DateOctober 1, 2018
VenueDodger Stadium
CityLos Angeles, California
Umpires
Attendance47,816
TelevisionESPN
TV announcersJon Sciambi, David Ross, and Rick Sutcliffe
RadioESPN
Radio announcersAdam Amin and Jim Bowden

Background

The Los Angeles Dodgers entered the 2018 Major League Baseball season having won the last five consecutive National League West division championships.[3] The Colorado Rockies made the Major League Baseball postseason in 2017 as a wild card.[4] Despite this being their fifth postseason appearance, the Rockies had not won a division title.[5]

Both the Dodgers and Rockies finished the 2018 regular season with 91–71 (.562) win-loss records, necessitating a tie-breaking game to determine the division champion.[1] As the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers tied for first place in the National League Central division, they also played in a tie-breaker game, marking the first time in Major League Baseball that two tie-breakers were needed in a single year.[6]

Game summary

20170718 Dodgers-WhiteSox Cody Bellinger on second
Cody Bellinger hit a two-run home run for Los Angeles.[7]
October 1, 2018, 1:08 pm (PDT) at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California, 90 °F (32 °C), sunny
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Colorado Rockies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 0
Los Angeles Dodgers 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 X 5 9 0
WP: Walker Buehler (8–5)   LP: Germán Márquez (14–11)
Home runs:
COL: Nolan Arenado (38), Trevor Story (37)
LAD: Cody Bellinger (25), Max Muncy (35)
Attendance: 47,816
Boxscore

The Dodgers hosted the tie-breaker game based on their head-to-head record against the Rockies in the regular season. Germán Márquez started for Colorado and Walker Buehler started for Los Angeles.[8] ESPN broadcast the game, with Jon Sciambi, David Ross, and Rick Sutcliffe. They also carried the game on ESPN Radio, with Adam Amin and Jim Bowden.[9][10]

The Dodgers got two-run home runs from Cody Bellinger in the fourth inning and Max Muncy in the fifth inning off of Márquez, who struck out nine in ​4 23 innings.[7] Meanwhile, Buehler did not allow a hit in his first five innings, and allowed one hit in ​6 23 total innings. The Rockies got solo homers in the ninth inning from Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story off of Kenley Jansen. However, they ended the game with only four hits.[11] The Dodgers won the game 5–2 to clinch their sixth consecutive division championship. They became the first team to win six straight division championships since the New York Yankees won 13 straight from 1995-2007 and only the third overall (the Atlanta Braves won 14 from 1991-2005).[7]

Aftermath

With the victory, the Dodgers clinched the second seed in the NL postseason. They beat the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS in four games. [12] The Dodgers defeated the Brewers in the NLCS in seven games,[13] and moved onto the World Series, where they lost in five games to the Boston Red Sox.[14]

With the loss, the Rockies were relegated to the second Wild Card spot. The Rockies defeated the Chicago Cubs in the 2018 National League Wild Card Game, but were then swept by the Brewers in the NLDS.[15]

References

  1. ^ a b Lacques, Greg (September 30, 2018). "Game 163! Historic day on tap as Dodgers-Rockies, Cubs-Brewers set for NL tiebreakers Monday". USA Today. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "MLB - Breaking down Monday's division tiebreaker doubleheader". Espn.com. October 1, 2018. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  3. ^ Harding, Thomas (May 24, 2018). "Rockies to play Dodgers in NL West tiebreaker". MLB.com. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Acquavella, Katherine (September 28, 2018). "Rockies clinch playoff berth by beating Nationals, magic number two for NL West title". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Acquavella, Katherine (September 29, 2018). "Rockies clinch playoff berth by beating Nationals, magic number two for NL West title". CBSSports.com. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  6. ^ "MLB - Breaking down Monday's division tiebreaker doubleheader". ESPN. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c Gurnick, Ken (October 1, 2018). "LA wins 6th straight NL West title in tiebreaker". mlb.com. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Kelly, Matt (May 24, 2018). "MLB Playoff Picture Update". MLB.com. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  9. ^ Cafardo, Ben (September 30, 2018). "ESPN To Exclusively Televise Both MLB National League Tiebreaker Games On Monday - ESPN MediaZone U.S". Espnmediazone.com. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "ESPN, ESPN Radio have coverage of Monday's baseball playoffs". Blogs.hudsonvalley.com. September 30, 2018. Retrieved October 7, 2018.
  11. ^ Newman, Kyle. "Too little, too late performance by Rockies' offense dooms NL West title hopes". Denverpost.com. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  12. ^ "Braves will play Dodgers in NLDS". Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "MLB - In the end, Los Angeles Dodgers' talent trumps Milwaukee Brewers' moves". Espn.com. October 21, 2018. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  14. ^ Ted Berg, USA TODAY Sports. "World Series: Red Sox beat Dodgers to win fourth title in 15 years". Usatoday.com. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  15. ^ "MLB playoffs: Rockies switch gears for wild-card showdown with Cubs". Usatoday.com. July 19, 2018. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
2018 Colorado Rockies season

The 2018 Colorado Rockies season was the franchise's 26th in Major League Baseball and the 24th season the Rockies played their home games at Coors Field. Bud Black returned for his 2nd consecutive as Manager. He They won 91 games during the regular season, which was the second-highest mark in franchise history and just one win behind the franchise record set in 2009. They finished the season with a record of 91-72 after losing to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 National League West tie-breaker game and subsequently opened the postseason by defeating the Chicago Cubs in the Wild Card Game. Their season ended when they were swept by the Milwaukee Brewers in the Division Series.

The Rockies became the first team since the 1922 Philadelphia Phillies to play in four different cities against four different teams in five days, including the 162nd game of the regular season, NL West tie-breaker, NL Wild Card Game and NLDS Game 1. They also finished with the best road record in franchise history, going 44-38 away from Coors Field.

2018 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 2018 Los Angeles Dodgers season was the 129th for the franchise in Major League Baseball, and their 61st season in Los Angeles, California. They played their home games at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers suffered a season-ending injury to star shortstop Corey Seager early in the season and started the season 16-26, but went 76-45 to close out the season. Rookie pitcher Walker Buehler had a break out season, as did pitcher Ross Stripling and infielder Max Muncy.

They defeated the Colorado Rockies in the 2018 National League West tie-breaker game to claim their sixth straight National League West Championship and became the first team to win six straight division championships since the New York Yankees won nine straight from 1998-2006 and only the third overall (the Atlanta Braves won 14 from 1991-2005). They opened the playoffs by defeating the Atlanta Braves in four games in the Division Series and defeated the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games in the National League Championship Series. It was the third straight NLCS appearance for the Dodgers, a franchise record and the second consecutive National League pennant. They lost to the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 World Series, their second straight World Series loss. The Dodgers became the first team to lose back-to-back World Series since the Texas Rangers did so in 2010 and 2011, and the first National League team to do so since the Braves in 1991 and 1992.

Cody Bellinger

Cody James Bellinger (born July 13, 1995) is an American professional baseball first baseman and outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He was named an All-Star and the National League's Rookie of the Year in 2017. Bellinger is the son of Clay Bellinger, who also played in MLB.

History of the Colorado Rockies

The History of the Colorado Rockies began in 1991 when a Major League Baseball (MLB) expansion franchise for Denver, Colorado was granted to an ownership group headed by John Antonucci. In 1993, the Colorado Rockies started play in the National League (NL) West division. Since that date, the Rockies have reached the MLB postseason four times, each time as the National League wild card team. Twice (1995 and 2009) they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. In 2007, the Rockies advanced all the way to the World Series, only to be swept by the Boston Red Sox.

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