The Cardinals kept alive their chance for a wild card, but were eliminated by the Los Angeles Dodgers' 10-6 victory at San Francisco. "(To win the World Series), you're gonna have to play some really tough teams at some tough moments, high intensity, high stakes".
The victor of the game will rest up for the National League Divisional series while the loser will play Tuesday's Wild Card game.
"There's nothing to lament with our guys", said Cubs manager Joe Maddon, whose team led the division by five games on September 2. Milwaukee got there by crushing the Tigers 11-0 to sweep their second-straight series. "They've been playing very well for a long period of time". Our route has been a little different than anybody else. "When we come in, we've got to be ready to play and we will be. Kept the line moving, and we usually have good success when we do that", Rizzo said Sunday. "We need to have fun. if we put pressure on ourselves, it's gonna be harder".
They were aware of what was going on early in Milwaukee, Rizzo said, but their own two-run deficit early wasn't daunting.
Hamels (4-3) was a tough-luck loser, dropping his third straight start after going 4-0 in his first nine outings following a trade from Texas. The former Nationals pitcher who was acquired at the waiver trade deadline allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out three. Daniel Murphy and Javier Baez had the only other hits for the Cubs. Yelich, who hit.352 with a major league-leading 1.307 OPS last month, knocked base hits in each of his first three at-bats.
Some valid concern might have cropped up after the Cubs lost on Saturday, 2-1, but that was against a sterling pitching performance from Miles Mikolas, and even in that, the Cubs still had mentally focused at bats, so it wasn't all that surprising to see them jump out for 10 runs Sunday.