Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Los Angeles Dodgers Defeat Colorado Rockies to Win 2018 Division Title

Los Angeles Dodgers Defeat Colorado Rockies to Win 2018 Division Title

The Colorado Rockies will visit the Los Angeles Dodgers at 4 p.m. EDT for the NL West title. The Dodgers got home-field advantage for the tie-breaker after winning the season series against Colorado, 12-7.

The victor advances to host the NL East champion Atlanta Braves in the opener of the best-of-five Division Series on Thursday and the loser settles for playing in the Wild Card Game on Tuesday at the Milwaukee Brewers or the Chicago Cubs. In the NL Central, the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers finished with identical 95-67 records. After Manny Machado and Yasmani Grandal struck out, Bellinger connected on a 1-0 pitch from German Marquez (14-11). Game 163, as it turned out, was a big letdown for the Rockies, who have still not won a division title in their 26 years of existence.

Walker Buehler stifled the Colorado Rockies as the Los Angeles Dodgers unleashed their hitting power in a division-clinching 5-2 tiebreaker victory on Monday.

Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman/outfielder Cody Bellinger is in the starting lineup on Monday against the Colorado Rockies.

The Rockies have still yet to win a division title.

Marquez faltered again in the fifth, giving up a double to Joc Pederson and then another two-run homer, this time to Max Muncy to extend the lead to 4-0.

So the Dodgers win the N.L. west for a record sixth time in a row. They didn't advance a runner past second base until the ninth when Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story homered back-to-back off closer Kenley Jansen.

Dodgers pitcher Walker Buehler and the bullpen maintained a shutout through eight innings, with the Rockies able to squeak out a couple of runs in the final inning.

The Dodgers will kick off their playoff schedule with the Braves this Thursday for the NLDS. The rally made a victor out of Parker Bridwell (1-0), who pitched a 1-2-3 top of the ninth. He allowed only one hit over 6 2/3 innings and even drove in a run of his own at the plate.

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. The Washington Nationals shortstop continued his success there with a monster showing in Saturday's penultimate game of the season to guide his team to a win. "No matter who's coming, we're going to the World Series and bring the 2018 championship here". The tiebreakers are considered part of the regular season, and stats are counted accordingly. He went 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA in two starts against the Brewers during that span.

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