Friday, October 5th, 2018

MLB 2018 Game #22: NLDS Game 2 Rockies vs. Brewers

As September waned, my hopes of returning to a local ballpark before the end of the 2018 season did, too. Nevertheless, we are headed to Miller Park to catch Game Two of the National League Division Series (NLDS) between the Colorado Rockies (91-72, .558) and the Milwaukee Brewers (96-67, .589).

Last night, Milwaukee's pitching staff dominated Colorado's lineup. When Christian Yelich, a leading candidate for the National League's Most Valuable Player, hammered a two-run homer, the Brewers seized an early 2-0 lead. Through eight innings, the Brewers who opted for a bullpen game in the series opener, allowed no runs and only one hit. But then the ninth inning happened. The Rockies knocked Brewers closer, Jeremy Jeffress, around and knotted the score. The Brewers rallied when Mike Moustakas singled home Yelich to win the game, 3-2, and grab a 1-0 series lead.

This afternoon, the Rockies will attempt to even the series before returning to Coors Field. They will send 28-year-old Tyler Anderson (7-9, 4.55 ERA) to the mound. Anderson appeared in one prior postseason start. He pitched one inning for the Rockies against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 2017 National League Wild Card Game. He surrendered two hits including a two-run home run to Daniel Descalso.

The Brewers look to grab a commanding 2-0 lead before heading west and potentially closing out the series in Denver. Thirty-year-old Jhoulys Chacin (15-8, 3.50 ERA) will make the start for Milwaukee. More than likely, his start will be short as he is pitching on three days of rest for the first time in his career. He pitched 5 1/3 innings on Monday in the NL tiebreaker against the Chicago Cubs. Chacin has never pitched in MLB's postseason.

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