Brewers clip Cubs to win division tiebreaker, home field through NL playoffs

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In the late afternoon game, the Los Angeles Dodgers hosted the Colorado Rockies in front of a partially filled Dodgers Stadium.

After Yelich struck out swinging - a rare occurrence during an extraordinary stretch for the NL MVP favorite - Ryan Braun got the Brewers an insurance run with a run-scoring single to center. Assuming there is a need to play an extra game, of course. The loser plays again Tuesday night, hosting the runner-up in the NL West in the wild-card game.

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"Just like the last couple weeks, we've approached nearly every one of these games like a do-or-die game", Brewers slugger Ryan Braun said.

If the Rockies defeat the Cubs, they will face the Brewers at Miller Park in Milwaukee Thursday for the first game of the National League Division Series. "If we win it, we'll be ecstatic". A Cubs team that preaches a positive one-day-at-a-time attitude only has one more guaranteed game left this year. The left-hander is 6-2 with a 1.60 ERA in 10 starts against Milwaukee.

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Regardless of who throws the first pitches for their team in a potential Game 163, Counsell and Cubs manager Joe Maddon will have have a quick hook and virtually all options available to them out of the bullpen. That means the Milwaukee slugger gets one more chance at the rare feat.

The playoff-tested Cubs are going for their third straight NL Central title. Therefore, while the odds are stacked against the wild-card Cubs to win the World Series, it definitely is not out of the question.

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