Jhoulys Chacin, Brewers shut out Rockies, lead NLDS 2-0

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Jhoulys Chacin, Brewers shut out Rockies, lead NLDS 2-0

The Milwaukee Brewers are one game from advancing to the National League Championship Series for the first time since 2011 after defeating the Rockies 4-0 in Game 2 of the best-of-five NL Division Series at Miller Park.

For the second straight game, the Brewers pitching staff shut down the Rockies lineup. Jhoulys Chacin, starting on three days’ rest for the first time in his career, was sharp and tossed five scoreless innings, allowing three hits. 

Hernan Perez provided the Brewers with a run in the fourth inning, doubling to left center to drive in Mike Moustakas. They scored three insurance runs, including a broken-bat two-run single by journeyman Erik Kratz, in the eighth to take a 4-0 lead.The bullpen closed it out.

The Rockies offense has been scuffling against the Brewers, batting .156 in the series. It has produced two runs and 10 hits in 19 innings and have gone 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position in the series. 

Three of its All-Stars — Charlie Blackmon, third baseman Nolan Arenado and shortstop Trevor Story — are struggling. They are a combined 3-for-23 in the series. Blackmon is 1-for-8 with an RBI and Trevor Story, who slugged 37 homers during the regular season, is 0-for-8 and Arenado is 2-for-7.

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Man of the moment

For the second straight start, Chacin answered the call. He wasn’t as sharp as he was on Monday against the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central tiebreaker game, but he got the job done. He tossed five scoreless innings, holding the Rockies to three hits and three walks while striking out three.

State of the series

The Brewers are one game from winning their first playoff series since 2011. They will likely turn to Wade Miley for Game 3 on Sunday in Denver. He was one of the club’s most consistent pitchers this season, going 5-2 with a 2.57 ERA in 16 starts. In September, he was 3-0 with a 3.52 ERA in five starts. The Rockies will counter with German Marquez. He went 14-11 with a 3.77 ERA and last pitched on Monday in a loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West tiebreaker game.

What you missed on TV

The Rockies’ frustration at the plate has boiled over. Catcher Chris Iannetta snapped his bat over his knee after striking out in the seventh inning with the tying run at third base. 

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