3 takeaways from the Dodgers win over the Rockies

Jo Caldwell
October 3, 2018

Your Los Angeles Dodgers toppled the Colorado Rockies easily, 5-2, in today's National League West tiebreaker game.

The one-game tiebreaker will be Monday at Dodger Stadium, and the loser goes to the Chicago Cubs or Milwaukee for Tuesday's wild-card game. The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers finished 95-67, tied atop the NL Central. The Rockies will counter with German Marquez (14-10, 3.76 ERA), who struck out eight straight to begin his last start.

The Dodgers put some pressure on Marquez in the second when Manny Machado managed a weak liner into center for a single, the first hit of the game.

He may be cocky, but the 24-year-old backed it up on the field, helping the Dodgers secure their sixth straight NL West title.

The playoff-bound Colorado Rockies are headed to Los Angeles for a tiebreaking game to decide the division crown after routing the Washington Nationals 12-0 on Sunday behind Blackmon's cycle.

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So the Dodgers win the N.L. west for a record sixth time in a row. He had 110 RBIs, one behind the Cubs' Javier Baez, and finished with 36 home runs, two shy of Colorado's Nolan Arenado.

It didn't get any better from there, on the field or on social media where fans lit up the former Rockies first-round draft pick for not coming through in another "big game setting". In regular season games during September and October, his ERA is now 1.88 to go with a 16-3 record.

Jack Flaherty (8-9) cruised into the third inning with a 2-0 lead and retired the first two batters, but the next six hitters reached, producing four runs.

Then, LA added an insurance run when Enrique Hernandez hit a ground-rule double and then Walker Buehler scored him with a single for the 5-0 lead.

Even though the Rockies are going on the road, they are keeping it simple and running out the same lineup as yesterday.

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"We are going to the playoffs tomorrow, and that's an unbelievable opportunity", Blackmon said.

Take nothing away from Chiefs quarterback Pat Mahomes, who's an early favorite for MVP honors after leading KC to two late touchdown drives in a span of twelve minutes in the fourth quarter, erasing a 20-13 deficit and winning the game on a four yard Kareem Hunt rush into the end zone with less than two minutes to go.

Buehler, the starting pitcher, helped himself in the sixth inning at the plate while he dominated from the mound.

There have been five complete-game victories in one-game tiebreakers.

J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer in the fourth inning, and host Boston concluded the best regular season in team history with a victory over NY.

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