Tyler Anderson was incredible on the mound, pitching 7.2 innings of shutout baseball while giving up only four hits. Every team in both the NL and AL has a better record than the Dodgers except for Cleveland who finished with the same overall record but more victories within the division.
The stakes couldn't have been higher, with the victor hosting the Atlanta Braves in the NL Division Series and the loser having to go catch a flight to face the Chicago Cubs in the Wild Card Game on Tuesday. The Dodgers swept the San Francisco Giants, and crushed them on Sunday 15-0.
Chicago hit back to level in the fifth inning when Anthony Rizzo blasted a solo home run into right field to make it 1-1.
In a surprising twist, Nats manager Davey Martinez revealed after the Saturday's game that Erick Fedde will start on Sunday. In five appearances against the Rockies this year, Buehler is 0-1 with 33 strikeouts and 11 earned runs.
Fans of the team were hoping to see Cy Young candidate Max Scherzer out there for the final game in a last-ditch attempt to ruin someone else's playoff hopes, but the organization announced that Colorado would instead be dodging a bullet. He gave up two runs, both unearned, and threw 101 pitches.
Now, the Rockies will face the Cubs at Wrigley Field Tuesday.
To counter, the Rockies will send German Marquez to the mound. He last pitched September 23 and came away with a no-decision in Washington's 8-6 loss to the New York Mets after giving up five hits, four walks and three runs in 3 1/3 innings with two strikeouts.
Kenley Jansen closed out the win for the Dodgers after giving up back-to-back home runs to Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, ensuring the Dodgers wouldn't have to play again until Thursday. The right-hander struck out three and walked three. He ended up missing five games.
On offense, expect the same lineup that Bud Black has trotted out for most of the last week. David Dahl homered for the sixth time in seven games. CarGo has had a nice bounce-back season after last year's season to forget.
The Dodgers' two homers extended their franchise and NL-leading total to 235 on the season.
Blackmon, 32, is now batting.289/.356/.501 with 29 home runs, 70 RBI, 119 runs scored, and 12 stolen bases in 692 plate appearances.