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Brewers defeat Rockies 6-0 to complete NLDS sweep, advance to NLCS

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The Brewers are headed to the NLCS after sweeping the Rockies in the NLDS. They won 6-0 in Game 3 on Sunday evening at Coors Field, winning the club’s first playoff series since the 2011 NLDS.

Wade Miley got the start for the Brewers opposite the Rockies’ Germán Márquez. The offense gave Miley four runs of support. One came in the first inning on a Travis Shaw ground out. Jesús Aguilar smashed a solo homer in the fourth to make it 2-0. In the sixth, Rockies reliever Scott Oberg balked in a run, then allowed another run to score when he uncorked a wild pitch. Orlando Arcia and Keon Broxton tacked on back-to-back solo homers in the top of the ninth to push the lead to 6-0.

Miley tossed 4 2/3 scoreless innings, yielding three hits and a walk while striking out two on 64 pitches. He exited with two outs in the fifth as manager Craig Counsell preferred having Corey Knebel face Charlie Blackmon with a runner on base. Knebel got Blackmon to strike out to end the frame.

Joakim Soria tossed a scoreless sixth. Corbin Burnes held the Rockies at bay in the seventh and eighth. Jeremy Jeffress took over in the ninth but got into some trouble, allowing a double to Trevor Story followed by a walk to Matt Holliday. Not messing around with a six-run lead, Counsell called upon Josh Hader to get the final two outs of the game. He did just that, striking out Carlos González looking before getting Ian Desmond to fly out to center field.

The Rockies managed just two runs the entire series with both runs coming in the top of the ninth inning in Game 1. In other words, they were held scoreless in 27 of 28 innings in the NLDS. Some credit is certainly owed to the Brewers’ pitching staff, but the Rockies’ offense was considered a liability heading into the series.

The NLCS will begin on Friday, so the Brewers have four days off. They await the winner of the Braves-Dodgers series. The Dodgers are going for a sweep of their own tonight.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.