Brewers clinch NL Central crown for first time since 2018
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers clinched their second NL Central title in four years, beating the sloppy New York Mets 8-4 behind Willy Adames's two-run homer and three RBIs.
Josh Hader pitched a perfect ninth inning, retiring Brandon Nimmo on a game-ending flyout to left fielder Christian Yelich and sending the Brewers running onto the field.
Milwaukee completed a three-game sweep.
A day after New York was eliminated from postseason contention, the Mets lost for the 10th time in 11 games and were assured of a losing season for the fourth time in five years.
Fans had a lot to say about the game.
"Once I saw Hader come out I thought it was clench, so I was just waiting for this moment," said fan Lindsey Rongstad.
Fans of all ages, like Landon Flores, got their hands on confetti and had moments with the players.
"I also got my baseball glove signed," said Flores.
For people like Debra Honer, it was a whole-family affair.
"I've never been to a game like that, the kids were so excited, the grand kids, it was awesome," said Honer.
Her granddaughter, Evelyn Swift, loved the plays.
"When they made a ton of home runs," said Evelyn.
Evelyn's brother Ezra was excited the whole time.
"Getting the confetti and seeing the home runs, and the fireworks," said Ezra.
Evelyn and Ezra's parents, Rachel and Michael Swift, said it's a moment they won't forget.
"The end, the end, the last three outs were awesome, it was just the energy was huge, full crowd, sold out stadium, it was awesome to be normal again just enjoying baseball," said Michael Swift.
Now, they're gearing up for the post season with hats and shirts.
"Super excited for post season, it's gonna be great," said Michael Swift.
"We'll take the Brewers all the way to the World Series," said Flores.
Tickets for playoff games at American Family Field are still available through the MLB Ballpark app.