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With Overwhelming Pitching, Brewers Dispatch Rockies and Reach N.L.C.S.

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DENVER — Wade Miley pitched masterfully into the fifth inning before turning it over to a lights-out Milwaukee bullpen, Erik Kratz kept up his torrid hitting and the Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies, 6-0, in Game 3 on a cool, misty Sunday to sweep their National League division series.

The Brewers have won 11 straight dating to the regular season and advanced to their first N.L. Championship Series since 2011. They will play the winner of the series between the Dodgers and the Braves starting Friday at Miller Park.

With Manager Craig Counsell making all the right moves, Milwaukee’s pitching staff held Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story and the bruising Rockies to just two runs and 14 hits in the series. Of the 28 innings in the matchup, Colorado scored in only one of them.

Miley toughed the elements in his postseason debut — he wore short sleeves when the temperature was 46 degrees — and was even tougher on Rockies hitters, allowing three hits over four and two-thirds innings.

A procession of five Brewers relievers allowed one hit the rest of the way. With two runners on, Josh Hader got Ian Desmond to fly out to end the ninth and start an on-field celebration.

The first one to greet Hader was Kratz, the 38-year-old catcher who made his second postseason start and finished 3 for 4 with a double. Acquired from the Yankees in May for a player to be named, Kratz has made quite a name for himself in the playoffs. He drove in two runs on Friday.

Orlando Arcia and Keon Broxton hit back-to-back solo home runs in the ninth off Wade Davis to make it 6-0 and end any sort of drama. Jesus Aguilar had a solo shot in the fourth off German Marquez — which Counsell had predicted, sort of.

The Brewers manager said Saturday, “Aggie is going to hit a home run in the playoffs, a big homer with men on base, I promise.”

While it wasn’t with men on base, it was still big, giving the Brewers a 2-0 lead.

That was more than enough against a Colorado offense that was shut out twice in the series and hit .146 against Milwaukee’s stingy pitching. The Rockies’ three All-Stars — Story, Arenado and Charlie Blackmon — finished the series with a combined five hits.

This is how well it went for the Brewers on the drizzly day: They scored twice in the sixth on plays that did not involve a hit — one on a balk and another on a wild pitch, with Kratz lumbering home for the second run.

The 31-year-old Miley endured a bumpy season in which he strained his groin in March and later missed two months with a right oblique strain. He bottled up the Rockies with a cutter, curve and an effective change.

Marquez went five innings and allowed two runs before being lifted for a pinch-hitter. He got the start over Kyle Freeland, whose 2.40 at Coors Field this season was the lowest mark for a starter in franchise history.


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