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Rockies 12, Nationals 0: Game 163, here we come

The Rockies and Dodgers will decide the division on Monday night.

The Colorado Rockies blew out the Washington Nationals on Sunday by a final score of 12-0. The Los Angeles Dodgers won big over the San Francisco Giants as well, setting up a final game on Monday night to decide which team wins the National League West.

Fun day at Coors Field

There was a little bit of everything for the home faithful in the final regular season game at LoDo in 2018. Charlie Blackmon hit for the cycle. Nolan Arenado hit two home runs. Trevor Story and David Dahl each hit home runs. The only thing that could have made it better would have been the thrill of scoreboard watching a close game in San Francisco, but all in all it was a pretty great Sunday.

Tyler Anderson was outstanding

This was a development that shouldn’t be overlooked. The Rockies had a tough call to make with their starting pitcher as manager Bud Black thought about Sunday’s game and the potential of one or two one-game playoffs this week.

There was some risk with Anderson, who had missed his last start with a shoulder injury and has struggled in the second half. The lefty was up to the moment as he went 7 23 shutout innings. What a boost for the Rockies in a must-win.

Beat LA

The Coors faithful started the “Beat LA!” chant as it became clear that the Rockies are headed to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers Monday afternoon. German Márquez will start for Colorado against Walker Buehler. That sets the stage as the Rockies are one win away from their first division title.