In Chicago, the Milwaukee Brewers won their first National League Central title since 2011, beating the Cubs 3-1 in their tiebreaker game. They host the NL Wild Card Game against the Colorado Rockies who lost the NL West tiebreaker to the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-2 at Dodger Stadium Monday.
Chicago stays at Wrigley Field for Tuesday night's wild-card game.
If the Rockies win, they will advance to the division series against the Milwaukee Brewers and they would play afternoon games on Thursday and Friday. Corey Knebel (4-3) extended his scoreless streak to 16 1/3 innings with a flawless seventh, and Hader worked two innings for his 12th save.
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The Brewers weren't even supposed to be here even after a great start to the season. "I'm sure that's what it's going to be (Monday) - little things will matter, and it'll be a fun game".
The game was tied at 1 before Milwaukee opened the eighth with three straight hits.
The Brewers did not announce their starter until Monday morning.
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Christian Yelich's bid to become the first NL Triple Crown victor since 1937 appeared to fall agonizingly short after Sunday's regular-season finale. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
Colorado scored the second-most runs in the National League in 2018, but that's to be expected in the offense-friendly confines (and altitude) of Coors Field. After a 5-4 home win on Sunday against the Oakland A's, Scioscia finishes with a 1,650-1,428 regular-season record. "When we do play again, we'll bring our "A" game and be ready to go". As for the validity of said note, well, I'm not making any guarantees.
Travis Shaw hit his 32nd home run in the eighth. Chicago wouldn't go away quietly, with Anthony Rizzo knotting the game back up in the fifth with a 429 foot shot to right field. He pitched on Sunday, and has posted a 2.23 ERA in five starts since being acquired from the Washington Nationals in late August.
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"You need to see what it's like". That's obviously a unique home field advantage for the Cubs, and on what's sure to be a crisp October 1 night in Chicago there's no hope for protection from the retractable roof at Miller Park if the Brewers were the home team.