Thursday Night Football?
*scoffs* Please, it’s October.
The Rockies and Brewers opened up the night with Antonio Sentzatela taking on the Brew Crew’s bullpen. Through 8 innings, the relievers did their job at their home park, keeping the Rockies scoreless and holding them to just 1 hit. Senzatela pitched well, but made one mistake in the form of a changeup up in the zone, MVP-to-be Christian Yelich took 413 feet out of the park.
Colorado’s bullpen locked down, keeping the Brewers at just the 2 runs. But, with Josh Hader and Jeremy Jeffress coming out of the pen, it looked like a lock down win for Milwaukee. That is, until the Rockies opened up the 9th with 3 consecutive singles to put their first run on the scoreboard. One Orlando Arica error and Nolan Arenado sac sly later, the game was tied, and the Rockies were headed for their second extra inning game in as many postseason games this year.
In the bottom of the 10th, with 2 outs and 2 on, Mike Moustakas ripped an 0-2 fastball into right field to walk it off and give the Brewers a 3-2 victory.
Over in Los Angeles, Hyun-Jin Ryu was given the ball in game 1, much to the shock of everyone. Kershaw kept his thoughts on the decision brief and simple:
“I don’t need to prove myself to anybody,” Kershaw said.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) October 4, 2018
With the pressure to impress on, Ryu bellied up and performed as well as anyone could have asked: 7 scoreless innings with 8 K’s over just 4 hits and no walks. The Dodgers blanked the Braves 6-0, thanks to 3 homeruns from Joc Pederson, Max Muncy, and Enrique Hernandez.
Kershaw will get his turn to either prove the Dodgers right or wrong in their decision tomorrow night at home against Anibal Sanchez at 9:30. Elsewhere, Chris Sale will kick things off against JA Happ in the opener for the highly anticipated Sox-Yanks series, while CY Young faces CY Young in Houston as Corey Kluber faces Justin Verlander at 2:00. The Rockies will look to even things up with the Brew Crew as Tyler Anderson takes on game 163 hero Jhoulys Chacin.