Colorado's bats go mostly quiet in NLDS loss in Milwaukee

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The Milwaukee Brewers are turning to young right-hander Brandon Woodruff to start Game 1 of their National League Division Series against the Colorado Rockies. Manager Craig Counsell opted to go with a bullpen day to begin the series. The 25-year-old has pitched exclusively in relief after September 1, going 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA over 12 1/3 innings in seven appearances. The Brewers gave up just two runs in the series, both coming in the ninth inning of Game 1, when the Rockies rallied to send the game into extra innings. He faced the Brewers in early August, striking out nine in seven innings as part of a quality start.

"We were trying to get things going".

Rockies left fielder Matt Holliday returned to the starting lineup for Game 3 of the NL Division Series against Milwaukee.

Marquez allowed two earned runs and seven hits in five innings.

BC-BBN-NLDS-Quiet Rockies, 485Rockies' bats go mostly quiet in Game 1 of NLDSAP Photo WIMG140, WIMG145, WIMG143, WIMG132Eds: With AP Photos. "If we feel like we've got a win that we can lock down, we can do it [today]". The left-hander also became first Rockies pitcher to reach 200 innings since Jimenez that year.

The stakes: numerous young Braves will be getting their first taste of the postseason, so they have to protect against being overwhelmed by the moment. Like in Game 2 when it was the turn of 38-year-old catcher Erik Kratz, who had two RBIs. Nobody has looked like the best version of themselves and, with a few exceptions, has met expectations of the Rockies team we saw make a strong playoff push to get here. The Dodgers' 30-year championship drought, despite their big market and bigger payroll, has been well-documented, and they're attempting to become the first NL team to bounce back from a Game 7 World Series loss to win it all the following year.

Sure, both brewers are supporting their local teams, but the real victor, no matter who takes the series, is MillerCoors, the parent company of both brands.

The Brewers defied convention by eschewing a starter in favor of a bullpen game.

This was the just the situation that the Brewers had in mind for Moustakas when they got him from Kansas City in a late July trade.

— Story Time. It's been a big season for Story, the first shortstop in major league history with at least 40 doubles, 30 homers and 25 stolen bases.

Opposing Miley will be German Marquez, who was last seen in Monday's tiebreaker game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Yelich, the NL MVP candidate who drew two walks Sunday, is reveling in his first playoff appearance after five losing seasons with the Miami Marlins.

That missed opportunity proved costly when Moustakas came up with the game-ending hit against Adam Ottavino.

Arenado is one of the elite players in the National League. He's won five straight Gold Gloves.

Jeremy Jeffress took over in the ninth and it seemed like the Brewers were on their way to victory.