The LowDown: Dodgers Top Rox in Tiebreaker, Take Division Title for 6th Consecutive Year

[MONDAY] Walker Buehler pitches a gem in the biggest game of his life to date, putting the Rockies in fits during the deciding game 163 that finished in crowning the Dodgers NL West champions for the sixth consecutive season.

Buehler dominated through six and two thirds innings, giving up just one hit to the Rockies while walking three batters. Buehler only wound up with three strikeouts, but looked sharp to the point that it didn’t seem to matter. To have the temperament and poise that Buehler has at such a young age is something that will continue to form his game into that of a star; maybe even that of a legend.

The bullpen backed up Buehler well, but did surrender a few runs. Pedro Baez, Scott Alexander, Kenta Maeda, and Kenley Jansen followed Buehler. The only rough outing was displayed by Jansen, who pitched the longest outing of any reliever for the Dodgers. Jansen gave up back-to-back home runs to Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story. Luckily, Jansen had a 5-0 lead to work with, so his mistakes in the ninth didn’t impact the outcome of the game.

Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy surged against German Marquez, each blasting a 2-run home run to give the Dodgers and Walker Buehler a great lead to work with. The fifth of the Dodgers’ five runs was swatted in by none other than starting pitcher, Walker Buehler. He scored Kike Hernandez, giving the Dodgers a resounding lead that would win them the game in this division-deciding tiebreaker game.

Dodgers defeat the Rockies, 5-2. (Dodgers move on to NLDS)

Dodgers-LowDown ‘Postseason Player of the Game’

The heart of taking the division in this year’s game 163, earning him Postseason Player of the Game, was Walker Buehler. From the first pitch of his five inning no-hit bid, to his slightly vulgar post-game speech on SportsNet LA (Yes, we’ve all seen it, and we all thought it was hilarious), Buehler put the fans on their feet and kept them there. The Dodgers got their playoff berth, and now the NL West pennant. Now, it’s time for a victory in the NLDS!

Buehler’s Final Line:

  • 6.2 IP

  • 1 H

  • 0 ER

  • 3 BB

  • 3 K

Arrick Joel has covered the Dodgers since 2017, and for Dodgers-LowDown since 2018. Follow @ArrickJoel and @DodgersLowDown on Twitter for more.