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MLB Playoffs 2017: Rockies clinch spot as Brewers fall to Cardinals

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The Rockies are the second NL Wild Card team

Update, 5:37 pm:

Here’s a sneak peak into the Rockies clubhouse as they watched the Brewers being eliminated on TV.


For the first time since 2009 the Colorado Rockies are going to the postseason. Heading into to today’s games the Rockies magic number to clinch the second Wild Card spot was one. Either a Brewers loss or a Rockies win would secure their place. The St Louis Cardinals took care of the former by coming from behind to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6.

The Brewers had a 6-0 lead after a Domingo Santana home run in the top of the third inning, and it looked like the Rockies were going to have to defeat the Dodgers tonight if they wanted to clinch their playoff spot. However, the Cardinals rallied for four runs in the bottom half to make it 6-4. They could not push any runs across, despite getting baserunners in the fourth and sixth innings, thanks to some timely double plays. In the bottom of the eighth, José Martinez walked with one out to load the bases and Stephen Piscotty singled home two runs to the the game. One batter later, Harrison Bader singled to give the Cardinals the lead.

With the Cardinals up by one in the top of the ninth they turned to former Rockie Juan Nicasio to get the save and propel his former team to the playoffs. After getting two quick outs Nicasio surrendered a single to Orlando Arcia, who promptly stole second base. With the tying runner at second base and the fates of both the Rockies and Brewers in his hand, Nicasio struck out Brett Philips.

The Rockies will face Zack Greinke and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night in Arizona at 6:00 pm MT.