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, two outs and the winning run on third in Game 1 of the playoffs.Short on playoff experience, the Milwaukee Brewers dealt for veteran Mike Moustakas over the summer to produce in just this kind of spot.Good deal.Moustakas scored MVP front-runner Christian Yelich with a two-out single in the 10th inning, and the Brewers bounced back to beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Thursday in their NL Division Series opener.After giving up two runs in the ninth that made it 2-all, the Brewers regrouped and soon celebrated. Making their first postseason appearance since 2011, they won their ninth straight game overall.Moustakas had already produced for Kansas City in October, hitting .304 in the 2015 World Series to help beat the Mets.He’s doing it again in Milwaukee after being acquired from the Royals in late July.“Being in a postseason a couple years back, it definitely helps,” Moustakas said.Chants of “Mooose!” echoed around Miller Park after the winning hit.Game 2 is Friday in Milwaukee with Colorado’s Tyler Anderson opposing Jhoulys Chacin, who led Milwaukee with 35 starts this year. He started Monday when the Brewers beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 in the NL Central tiebreaker at Wrigley Field.Yelich hit a two-run homer in the third inning, then opened the 10th with a walk against Adam Ottavino, coming back from an 0-2 count.Yelich made his postseason debut, though the even-keeled star spoke as if he had been through this before.“You’re just trying to slow the situation down … find a way to get on and make something happen, put some pressure on him Joe Jimenez Jersey
,” Yelich said. “And Moose was able to come through there at the end with the huge hit.”Yelich advanced to second on a wild pitch and came home on Moustakas’ line drive to right field. After almost winning the Triple Crown this year, Yelich got two hits, scored twice and stole a base in his playoff debut.Josh Hader and the Brewers allowed just one hit over eight innings in a dominant bullpen game and led 2-0 before Jeremy Jeffress gave up three straight singles to open the ninth. Charlie Blackmon grounded an RBI single shortly after his ground-rule double was overruled on replay review, and Nolan Arenado added a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to tie it.But Colorado couldn’t come through in extras again after outlasting the Chicago Cubs 2-1 in 13 innings in the NL wild-card game on Tuesday.“Everybody knows I throw a lot of sliders. In that spot, I wanted to elevate. I wanted to get a little higher than I got it,” Ottavino said. “I think I guessed what he was looking for wrong there.”Joakim Soria picked up the win in the opener with a scoreless 10th.MOOSE IS LOOSEThe two-time All-Star third baseman had 15 RBIs in 31 postseason games while with the Royals.Make it 16 now in Milwaukee.“Look, Moose has been in those spots,” manager Craig Counsell said. “It’s something that you try to not make the situation too big, and he did a great job of it and finally got a pitch to it.”COLD COLORADOThe big-hitting Rockies, meanwhile, are still struggling to find their stroke. After beating the Cubs earlier in the week, this visit to Miller Park meant them playing in a different city for the fourth time in five days.“Time will tell, but I think the day off helped yesterday http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey
,” skipper Bud Black said. “I think the postseason energizes players.”BULLPEN DAYWith more and more teams relying exclusively on relievers in the regular season, the Brewers tried to take the new-wave approach to a new level in October. Out of the six pitchers who took the mound, only Jeffress allowed any runs.Corbin Burnes, who tossed scoreless innings in the fourth and fifth, was the only other reliever to allow a hit.Colorado was 1 of 23 with 10 strikeouts over the first eight innings. They were 3 of 6 in the ninth.STAT LINESMatt Holliday’s pinch-hit single in the ninth was his 15th career postseason with Colorado, tying him with Yorvit Torrealba atop the team’s career playoff hits list. … Yelich became just the fifth Brewers player to reach base at least four times in a postseason game. … OF Ryan Braun went 2 for 5 to record his ninth career multihit game in the postseason.UP NEXTAnderson (7-9, 4.55 ERA) starts Game 2 in Milwaukee, coming off 7 2/3 shutout innings in a 12-0 win on Sunday over Washington that set up the NL West tiebreaker game the next day against the Dodgers. It was the left-hander’s first victory since July 4. Chacin (15-8, 3.50) turned into the Brewers’ most consistent starting pitcher this season. He will work on three days’ rest after allowing one run and one hit in 5 2/3 innings in that win over the Cubs. David Stearns will have a better idea of where his payroll sits after avoiding arbitration entirely this winter"The Brewers have typically avoided arbitration hearings in the past, and that remains true this year.The team is announcing that it’s reached deals with the six remaining players they had that were arbitration-eligible: Junior Guerra, Corey Knebel, Zach Davies, Travis Shaw Alan Trammell Jersey
, Alex Claudio and Manny Pina.Our Brad Ford covered Knebel’s $5.125 million deal earlier today, and if we know Kyle, he likely has some feelings about Junior Guerra getting $2.2 million from the Brewers.The other figures to know: Shaw got $4.675 million in his first year of arbitration, which still feels like a bargain for someone who’s hit 30+ home runs in back-to-back seasons and is about $500,000 less than what MLB Trade Rumors thought he would get. Another first-time arby-eligible in Zach Davies will make $2.6 million in 2019, which is $200,000 higher than his projection and will buy a lot of orange slices.New Brewer Alex Claudio will earn $1.275 million in his first season with the Cream City Nine:But the most interesting deal of the bunch is Pina’s. After the signing of Yasmani Grandal, Pina looks to be back to serving in a backup role — if he makes the final roster at all — but on top of settling for $1.6 million to avoid an arbitration hearing, his deal also includes a team option for 2020. That’s about $200,000 less than what he was projected to receive.We don’t know yet what Pina’s salary would be beyond 2019 yet if the option was picked up, but it’s intriguing for a couple different reasons. For one, since Pina was also a first-time arby-eligible player, neither side presumably had to do an option for a second year — the Brewers would’ve retained his rights either way.But for Pina http://www.tigersfanproshop.com/authentic-joe-jimenez-jersey
, it likely guarantees some kind of raise next season even if he doesn’t play much behind Grandal; for the Brewers, if (but most likely when) Grandal leaves after one season, they know what Pina would cost to keep around if he once again becomes the team’s primary catcher.And that might play into why David Stearns had a little extra incentive to avoid arbitration hearings this winter — certainty is good. With all of those players signed, he has a pretty solid idea of what his payroll is at this point, and how much he might still have left to spend. Any leftover money in his budget could be used to account for any mid-season additions, or, strictly hypothetically speaking, a free agent who can play second base for a few months.As a reminder, arbitration salaries are not fully guaranteed in that teams can still release those players before Opening Day without paying the full price. So that means while the Brewers will go into Spring Training with three veteran catchers (Grandal, Pina and Erik Kratz) and a prospect (Jacob Nottingham) likely vying for playing time, one of Pina or Kratz will likely end up getting cut before the team heads north from Maryvale.