Friday was all about surviving for the Brewers and the Dodgers.
With the Cubs dropping the Cardinals 8-4 during a day game and the Rockies defeating the Nationals 5-2 a little later, the Brewers and the Dodgers had to win to have any hope of winning solo divisional titles.
Ryan Braun started the drama for the teams looking to survive with a dramatic eighth-inning homer that came with an assist from Tigers right fielder Nick Castellanos.
Braun hit a long drive to right and Castellanos looked to have a chance to rob the homer, or at least make a dramatic catch at the wall. The ball instead bounced out of his glove, rolled along the top of the fence and out of the ballpark, giving Milwaukee a 6-5 lead it would never relinquish.
Brewers (-250) backers won their wager by THIS much on Ryan Braun’s solo shot in the 8th pic.twitter.com/C07oqtV7yB
— The Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) September 29, 2018
In San Francisco, Giants ace Madison Bumgarner pushed back his start so he could do all he could to impact the Dodgers’ postseason lives. He did a great job holding them down, but Justin Turner connected for a two-run home run late in the game to give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead and a victory to keep pace with Colorado.
We are in the same place as we were yesterday. The only difference is the Cubs and Rockies now dropped their magic numbers to two.
And oh yeah, the Yankees locked up home field advantage for the American League Wild Card game with an 11-6 win over Boston.
Studs of the Night
Twins first baseman Mitch Garver went 4 for 5 with two doubles and six RBIs in Minnesota’s 12-4 win over the White Sox.
Josh Donaldson went 2 for 4 with a grand slam, a double and four RBIs in the Indians’ 14-6 win over the Royals. Cleveland scored 10 runs in the seventh inning when Donaldson homered.
Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart went 5 for 5 with a home run, a triple and two RBIs in Cincinnati’s 8-4 loss to the Pirates.
Dud of the Night
Phillies center fielder Roman Quinn went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts in Philadelphia’s 10-2 loss to the Braves. The Phillies have lost 31 of their last 44 games.
David Wright hadn’t swung a bat in a game in New York since 2016. He finally stepped into the batters box in the fifth inning Friday.
All the feels for @Mets fans. pic.twitter.com/unBSXobpYJ
— MLB (@MLB) September 29, 2018
Cardinals (87-73) at Cubs (94-66), 1:05 p.m. ET — Game two of three. A win guarantees the Cubs a share of the NL Central title. A loss opens the door for the Brewers.
Dodgers (89-71) at Giants (73-87), 4:05 p.m. ET — The Dodgers got past Madison Bumgarner. Now they need to win twice more to have a shot at winning the division.
Tigers (64-95) at Brewers (93-67) , 7:10 p.m. ET — The Brewers need to win to keep their hopes of a divisional title alive.
Nationals (81-79) at Rockies (90-70), 8:10 p.m. ET — The first big challenge this weekend for the Rockies. They’ll have to defeat former No. 1 pick Stephen Strasburg. A win seals a share of the NL West title.