MLB soaring through playoffs


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Atlanta Braves left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) hits a grand-slam homer against Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler during the second inning in Game 3 of MLB baseball’s National League Division Series, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, in Atlanta.

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As of now, the MLB is down to the final four teams: Dodgers, Brewers, Red Sox, and Astros. The Dodgers and the Brewers start an interesting bout Friday night in Milwaukee. The Astros and the Red Sox play Saturday night at Fenway Park in Boston.

It all started with the Wild Card games at the beginning of the month: the Rockies versus the Cubs in Chicago, and the Athletics versus the Yankees in New York. The surprise win by the Rockies sent the Cubs packing, and the Yankees blew out the Athletics with a 7-2 win.

Following the Wild Card game, the Rockies went to Milwaukee to go head-to-head with the Brewers. With the first two games in Brewers territory, the Brewers had the edge and won both games. Game three went to Colorado, and the Brewers surprised the baseball community with a 6-0 win and a sweep of the series.

The Yankees blew through the Athletics like it was nothing, but went to face their division rivals the Boston Red Sox in Boston. With Boston winning the first game, and New York winning game two, fans expected the series to be one to remember.  Unfortunately for Yankees fans, what happened next was not expected. Game 3 happened in New York and the Red Sox came in with force. With winning intentions, the Red Sox put up 16 runs to secure their second win of the series.

The series was on the line, and Game 4 was in New York. The Red Sox scored three early runs in the 3rd inning and a solo home run in the 4th by catcher Christian Vazquez. New York put up a couple runs of their own, but not enough to force a game five. Boston won 4-3 and advanced to the ALCS.

The Dodgers and Braves went on a similar route like the Yankees and Red Sox with a 3-1 series. Only the Dodgers put up runs in the first two games. The Braves did win a game at home, 6-5, after their Rookie of the Year candidate Ronald Acuña Jr. hit a grand slam for his first postseason home run.  The Braves did lose Game 4 and watched the Dodgers celebrate moving on to the NLCS in their home stadium.

The World Series will begin towards the middle of this month, and a new World Series champion will be crowned.