Playoff baseball returns to Milwaukee

After last weekend’s victory over Elkhorn, some Bronco Homecoming court members paused for some pics. Can the Grove do the unthinkable and upset rival Waterford tonight? (Front row, l-r) Madelyn Hansen, Hailey Hoffman, Sheila Peraza. (Back row) Tommy Turner, Luke Nelson, Nate Koch.

 

PREDICTIONS

Last week: 7-4

Season: 56-19

 

Extra Special Major League Baseball Edition

 

Games of the Week

Colorado Rockies (91-72) at Milwaukee Brewers (96-67), Thursday, Friday at Miller Park, Sunday, Monday at Coors Field, Denver, Wednesday at Miller Park

 

UPDATE: Since this column was published in Thursday’s Burlington Standard Press, the Brewers won game one Thursday evening, 3-2, thanks to walk-off single from Mike Moustakas.

Milwaukee allowed a mere one hit and led 2-0 before Jeremy Jeffress ran into trouble in the top of the ninth.

After the Rockies tied it up, Moustakas saw three fastballs, the last of which he fouled into the catcher’s glove. After the Rockies catcher couldn’t hold on, “Moose” got another chance with an 0-2 count.

He smashed a line drive to right, scoring NL MVP candidate Christian Yelich, whose two-run homer gave Burlington a lead in the third, with the winning run.

Make sure to check out Game 2 at Miller Park. It will be on FS1 with the first pitch slated for 3:15 p.m. Friday.

 

With a title that long, who needs a description, right?

Well, this one needs no introduction.

The Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers are playing in the National League Divisional Series for the first time ever, and that means lots of family feuds, Facebook feed fights, fun and frustration.

It’s been nerve-wracking already as both teams played a game No. 163 to determine a division winner in the NL Central and NL West.

The red-hot Brewers, winners of eight straight, are on top of the baseball world right now. They were behind the division-leading Cubs to begin the month of September by 5 games and finished the season with a furious 20-7 record to catch up.

The Rockies are also red-hot, winners of nine of 11. On Tuesday night, they needed all 13 innings to beat Chicago, 2-1, in Wrigley for the Wild Card.

Man, do the Cubs stink. Sorry, Cubs fans, it was a good year, but talk about a collapse.

Guys like Javy Baez, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Jon Lester and more, and the 2016 World Series champs couldn’t hold on to a huge lead.

I guess that’s baseball.

Like they’ve done all season, and especially over the last month, Christian Yelich, the probable NL MVP, Lorenzo Cain and Ryan Braun each had an RBI in Monday’s epic division tie-breaker for the Brewers, a game I watched on a projection screen in class with my students by the way.

The outfield trio has carried the Brewers to the postseason for only the fifth time in franchise history and third time in 10 years.

As a Brewers fan, my biggest fear was avoided.

The Cubs, the biggest threat to the Brewers’ dream season, are home for the fall and winter wondering why, and Milwaukee gets to play with the home-field advantage of Miller Park all the way through the NL Playoffs.

The Brewers have the best bullpen in baseball and perhaps the most depth in their batting order, with studs at the top, veteran righties and lefties and pop throughout.

The Rockies can hit too, with Nolan Arenado, Trevor Storey, Ian Desmond and others, but I don’t think anything is stopping the Brewers train for awhile.

 

PREDICTION: Milwaukee def. Colorado, 3-1.

 

High school football

 

Burlington (6-1, 4-1 SLC) at Wilmot (5-2, 4-1), 7 p.m., Friday

Fast track means advantage Panthers, right?

Wrong.

The Demons have just as much athleticism as Wilmot, which is playing a backup quarterback but features the league’s most punishing back in Austin Norton.

Kevin Brenner and the Wilmot pass rush will pose a challenge for Dalton Damon and company, but Damon’s running ability should make the difference.

Home-field advantage will be a major factor, but there’s something about this Burlington team I can’t deny.

Even without star Nick Webley, the Demons are extremely dangerous.

Look for Zach Wallace and Zach Anderson to pound the rock, along with Damon.

 

PREDICTION: Burlington 29, Wilmot 27

 

Other area predictions

Catholic Central 22, Kenosha St. Joe’s 20

Waterford 49, Union Grove 20

Westosha Central 21, Delavan-Darien 14

Elkhorn 28, Lake Geneva Badger 25

Brodhead/Juda 30, Big Foot 28

Muskego 45, Waukesha West 40

Edgerton 31, Whitewater 21

Jefferson 50, East Troy 47

Palmyra-Eagle 35, Parkview 25

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