The Colorado Rockies, who finished second in the National League West, meet the Milwaukee Brewers, who won the N.L. Central, in a best-of-five National League Division Series, with Game 1 on Thursday, October 4, 2018, at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The Rockies defeated the Chicago Cubs, 2-1, in 13 innings on Tuesday in the NL Wild Card Game.
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Here’s what you need to know:
What: NLDS, Game 1
When: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Where: Miller Park, Milwaukee
Starting pitchers: Antonio Senzatela (Col) vs. Brandon Woodruff (Mil)
Time: 5:07 p.m. Eastern
Line: Brewers -160
Tony Wolters waited and waited as the NL wild-card game went deep into Tuesday night. He stretched a couple of times and tried to figure out when he might get a chance to play.
When that opportunity arrived, he was ready.
Wolters hit a tie-breaking single with two outs in the 13th inning at Wrigley Field in the longest win-or-go-home postseason game in major league history.
“Probably the biggest hit I’ve ever had, that’s for sure,” he said.
The 26-year-old Wolters, claimed off waivers from Cleveland in 2016, entered as part of a double switch in the bottom of the 12th. The reserve catcher came up with runners at the corners and drove in Trevor Story with a two-strike hit back up the middle off losing pitcher Kyle Hendricks, quieting the crowd of 40,151 on a crisp fall night.
After playing its third big game over three days in three different cities, Colorado now heads to Milwaukee to open a best-of-five Division Series against the NL Central champion Brewers on Thursday.
“We didn’t make it easy on ourselves, that’s for sure,” Story said, “but we’re going to enjoy this one tonight and we’re definitely not done.”
Scott Oberg, the sixth Colorado pitcher, fanned Kris Bryant for the final out of the 12th and then struck out the side in the 13th to end the longest postseason game at 104-year-old Wrigley. Terrance Gore tried to sell that he was hit by a pitch, but was sent back to the plate after a replay review confirmed the initial call.
After Albert Almora Jr. struck out swinging for the final out, Wolters ran out and grabbed Oberg. They were soon joined by the rest of the excited Rockies in a rollicking purple mob near the mound.
“You’re always wondering, ‘How’s this going to end?’ But our guys fought all night and to be able to get that last out there was great,” Oberg said.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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