M.L.B. Playoff Races: Brewers Take Care of Business

Milwaukee’s win combined having a Cardinals loss gave the Brewers some cushion from the race for the N.L. wild-card.

Jesus Aguilar, right, had a big day for the Brewers, with two hits, including a three-run homer.CreditCreditJeff Hanisch/USA Today Sports, via Reuters

With less than two weeks remaining from the regular season, 12 teams entered Wednesday’s games within several games of the 10 playoff spots. The Boston Red Sox Yet again failed to clinch the A.L. West in addition to the St. Louis Cardinals saw their three-game winning streak end while the baseball world waited to see how things played out in Los Angeles between the Dodgers in addition to the Colorado Rockies.

Here is usually where the various competitive playoff races stand on Wednesday:

Wednesday’s Scores

The Chicago Cubs came into the day leading the Milwaukee Brewers by three in addition to a half games.

Jesus Aguilar did most of the damage having a three-run homer from the third inning as the Brewers dispatched the Cincinnati Reds, 7-0. Milwaukee got a terrific start by Gio Gonzalez, who allowed two hits in six shutout innings in addition to the Brewers drew to three games back from the division pending Chicago’s result against Arizona.

The Brewers came into the day having a two-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals for the top wild-card position, while the Cardinals had a one-in addition to-a-half-game lead over the Rockies for the second spot.

The best news for the Cardinals on a day when their three-game winning streak was halted by a 7-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves was that will Harrison Bader, the team’s energetic center fielder, escaped injury when he took a pitch to the back of his helmet. Bader later homered, however that will wasn’t nearly enough to offset a big day on offense by Freddie Freeman.

The Cardinals’ loss combined with Milwaukee’s win put the Brewers three games ahead for the top wild-card position, while St. Louis’ lead over Colorado for the second position was down to one game pending the result of the Rockies’ game against Los Angeles.

The Dodgers came into the day leading the Rockies by one in addition to a half games.

Houston’s Josh Reddick made a nice catch at the wall from the fourth inning however the Astros’ lack of offense led to a loss. CreditDavid J. Phillip/Associated Press

The Houston Astros came into the day leading the Oakland Athletics by several games.

Dallas Keuchel did not have his best stuff on Wednesday, allowing several runs from the Astros’ 9-0 loss to the Seattle Mariners. The former Cy Young Award winner lasted just several innings, in addition to got absolutely no help by his offense, which produced several hits, all singles. The loss shrunk Houston’s division lead to four in addition to a half games pending Oakland’s game against the Angels.

One of Seattle’s runs came courtesy of a terrific heads-up baserunning play by Mitch Haniger following Robinson Cano’s double from the fourth inning. Haniger appeared to be gunned down at home, however the tag just missed him. Haniger proceeded to slide all the way around Houston catcher Martin Maldonado before reaching out to grab home plate for the Astros’ fourth run of the day.

The Yankees came into the day leading the Athletics by a two in addition to a half games for the top wild-card, with no different teams within several games of contention for either spot.