With a win, the Colorado Rockies can do no worse than force a tie-breaking game on Monday in Los Angeles against the Dodgers to decide who wins the National League West.
Because the Cubs and Brewers are tied for the NL lead with 95 wins, the victor at Wrigley Field will earn home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs and host the victor of the wild-card game in the NLDS.
The victor advances to the National League Division Series, while the loser plays in the National League Wild Card Game against the loser from the Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers National League Central tiebreaker game earlier Monday.
The Cubs won the NL wild card in 1998 by beating San Francisco 5-3 in a one-game playoff.
Pitcher Walker Buehler will start for the Dodgers, facing off against fellow right-hander German Marquez for the Rockies. Game 163, as it turned out, was a big letdown for the Rockies, who have still not won a division title in their 26 years of existence. Kemp had a two-run double and RBI single among his three hits. Dahl has six home runs in his last seven games and 15 RBI's.
Nolan Arenado hit two of the Rockies' five homers and took over the National League lead with 37, one more than teammate Trevor Story - who also went deep.
Here's how and when to watch Dodgers vs. Rockies. Jim Deshaies set the modern record by striking out his first eight batters in a 1986 game, and Jacob deGrom matched the feat in 2014.
Brewers' National League Division Series game times announced
Jon Lester is scheduled to take the mound for the Cubs while Kyle Freeland is expected to be the starter for the Rockies . And the Cubs have certainly won their share of elimination games the past four seasons.
Blackmon tripled in the first inning then homered in the third, crossing off two of the toughest parts of the cycle.
"We are going to the playoffs tomorrow, and that's an awesome opportunity", Blackmon said. He completely shut down the Rockies lineup, allowing just one hit in 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
The tiebreaker is considered a regular-season game, allowing both teams to use the expanded rosters, which went into effect September 1.
Buehler's only slip-up came on the field after the game when he let loose with an inadvertent expletive, having been handed the mic after fans demanded to hear from him. Allen Webster (1-0) got two outs to close the third inning, earning his first major league win since 2015.
Led by a 2-run homer from Corey Bellinger, the Dodgers jumped all over the Rockies from the opening bell and never looked back. He ended up missing five games.
Sunday will be the final time the Washington Nationals play this year, even though at the start of the year, they hoped to go further. CarGo has had a nice bounce-back season after last year's season to forget.