Dodgers wrap up top seed without taking field
The two-time defending champion Pirates continued a late-season surge, but the Dodgers locked up the top seed in the Eastern Baltimore County Over-40 Baseball League postseason tournament on Sunday without having to throw a pitch.
The Cubs, with only six players, had to forfeit to the Dodgers, giving the Dodgers a 10-2 record with one game remaining in the regular season.
The Pirates whipped the Brewers 18-6 to raise their record to 8-3, but the Dodgers owe the tiebreaker in the National Division due to having swept the Pirates in their two meetings this season.
The American Division title (and No. 2 seed in the playoffs) is still up for grabs as the Rays (7-5) and Athletics (7-5) were both idle on Sunday and remain tied for first.
The Athletics play the Astros (6-5-1) on Sunday at Dundalk High, while the Rays face the Royals (6-6) at St. Helena Park.
The postseason tournament is scheduled to begin on August 16 with the fourth and fifth seeds from each division playing each other. Currently, that would be the Royals vs. the Orioles (2-9-1) and the Diamondbacks vs the Brewers (both 4-8).
The Brewers play the Cubs (4-7) on Sunday. A Brewers win would move them into the third seed and drop the Cubs into the play-in game. The Diamondbacks face the Dodgers on Sunday.
The winners of the play-in games will face the division winners on August 20, with the second- and-third-seeded teams also playing that day.
The winners will play on Aug. 27, and the championship game is scheduled for the second Sunday in September.
Justo Padin, left, and Scott Altman of the Brewers chase a popup during the game against the Dodgers.