Milwaukee fought off the tough elements of the 46 degree weather, and pulled away late, headlined by back-to-back home runs from Orlando Arcia and Keon Broxton. Kratz's big game made him 5-for-8 in the series, making Milwaukee look smart when he was acquired from the New York Yankees earlier in the season. Jesus Aguilar also went deep in the fourth inning, and the Brewers will host the first game of the NLCS on Friday night.
They will play host to Game 1 at Miller Park against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who advanced to the Championship Series with a 6-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 on Monday. Just one day after Ronald Acuna Jr.'s grand slam led the Braves in Game 3, the Dodgers got the win to move on to their third straight NLCS. David Freese had the go-ahead two-run single in the sixth, while Manny Machado added a three-run home run in the seventh.
Machado finished with three hits in the series, two of which were home runs, as the Dodgers are going to their fourth LCS in six seasons in his first season with the team. The former Baltimore Orioles All-Star drove in six in the four-game series, this after coming over from Baltimore in July. For the Braves, their shocking season comes to an end, despite Kurt Suzuki's two-run single on Monday. They have now dropped nine straight playoff appearances, with their last victory coming in 2001.
Meanwhile, in the American League, the defending World Series Champions inched one step closer back to the Fall Classic on Monday. After a close game early on, the Houston Astros scored 10 times in the final three innings to sweep the Cleveland Indians with an 11-3 win. George Springer continued to thrive in the Postseason with two home runs, both solo shots, as he finished with three hits on the day. Marwin Gonzalez also stayed hot with his second two-run double of the series, and Carlos Correa had a three-run shot for his first hit of the series.
Meanwhile, the Cleveland Indians fell in the first round for a second straight year, this after blowing a 2-0 series lead against the New York Yankees in last season's ALDS. They hit just .144 as a team in the series, getting outscored, 21-6, in the series sweep, which they suffered for the first time since the 1954 World Series, The Tribe has dropped six straight playoff games. Meanwhile, the Astros will host the first Game of the ALCS against either the New York Yankees, or visit the Boston Red Sox for Game 1.