Houston (USA), September 30.- The last day of the regular season in the National League became a world of contrasts with the St. Louis Cardinals as new division champions, while three veteran drivers left their positions for different reasons with their respective teams, after none of them could reach the playoffs.
Starter Jack Flaherty, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and the Cardinals soon subtracted the drama on the last day of the regular season in the Major Leagues.
San Luis secured the scepter of the Central Division of the National League by crushing the Cubs 9-0 for the Chicago Cubs.
Flaherty’s arm and Carpenter’s bat accomplished St. Louis’s mission to the Cubs, who were overwhelmed on the last day of Joe Maddon as their pilot. Before the duel, it was announced that Maddon would not return for next year.
While the Cardinals advanced to the divisional series of the Old Circuit, which begins Thursday in Atlanta against the Braves.
The Cardinals began the day with an advantage of a game over Milwaukee. The Brewers, second in the division, will meet Washington in the Wild Card Game, Tuesday night. The winner will go against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The San Luis team returns to the postseason after an absence of three years. The Cardinals have won 12 divisional titles since the current format began to be used in 1995.
San Luis (91-71) finished three games on top of the mark he achieved last season (88-74).
The Cubs saw a four-year streak cut into the playoffs.
Maddon compiled a 471-339 mark in five campaigns and guided the Cubs to the World Series title in 2016, ending a 108-year drought.
Dominican rookie outfielder Aristides Aquino hit his nineteenth homer, Tyler Mahle threw five innings without allowing a run to take his first victory since May and the Cincinnati Reds won the Pirates 3-1 shortly after Pittsburgh fired driver Clint Hurdle.
The Venezuelan Eugenio Suarez went 3-0 and finished with 49 homers, the second best in the Old Circuit and the largest.
Hurdle had a 735-720 record in nine seasons with Pittsburgh, helping the franchise out of a losing streak of 20 to advance to the playoffs from 2013 to 2015.
The Pirates never advanced beyond the first round and have secured their third losing campaign in four years. Hurdle had two years left in the contract.
With nothing to play, the Milwaukee Brewers lost again in extra innings, when in the thirteenth reliever Jake Faria made a wild pitch that allowed the Colorado Rockies to score the win race 4-3.
The Washington Nationals reach the playoffs with a firm step, lengthening their winning streak to eight with an 8-2 win over the Cleveland Indians, in the last game of the regular calendar that had no greater meaning for either team. .
Washington will receive the Brewers on Tuesday in the wild league duel of the National League.
The response of the Brewers to Max Scherzer and the Nationals in the Joker Game, on Tuesday, at Nationals Park will be the right Brandon Woodruff, the first of several Milwaukee pitchers to take the ball in the life or death game.
Woodruff will rival Scherzer in what will be a duel between clubs that will use opposing styles of pitching in a match that will send home the defeated and the winner to face in the divisional series with the Dodgers, who ended up overwhelming.
The pilot Bruce Bochy said goodbye emotionally after two and a half decades of a race that will surely elevate him to the Hall of Fame.
The San Francisco Giants driver finished his career with a 9-0 bleached loss to the powerful Dodgers, who achieved their 106th win, a franchise record.
However, Dodgers driver Dave Roberts, before the first pitch, when the cards were exchanged with the lineups, Roberts showed his respect to Bochy, with whom he worked as a coach.
But Roberts was willing to win this game for the 2019 Dodgers to reach a record of 106-56. Thus they passed the “Summer Boys” brand of 1953, when the team played in Brooklyn, with stars like Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider and other current Hall of Fame members.
The audience chanted Bochy’s last name before the match. The pilot, who is currently 64, guided the Giants to World Series titles in 2010, 12 and 14.
He ends his career with 4,032 games as a pilot, over 25 seasons, 12 with the San Diego Padres and 13 in San Francisco. It had a 2003-2029 mark.
Mike Soroka recovered from a bad opening, as part of his preparation for the playoffs, but the Braves lost 7-6 to the New York Mets, in 11 innings.
Taijuan Walker reappeared after Tommy John’s surgery for the last game of the regular season, Tim Locastro drove the victory race with a single to the draw in the ninth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Padres 1-0.