The Cubs scored a total of two runs over 22 innings, dropping a tiebreaker to Milwaukee for the NL Central championship and then getting knocked out of the playoffs by the Rockies. Terrance Gore tried to sell that he was hit by a pitch, but was sent back to the plate after a review confirmed the initial call. The Rockies lost to Arizona in the NL wild-card game a year ago. He went six innings, tied his October-high with nine punch outs, and yielded a run on four hits and a walk.
Given that ESPN is broadcasting the Wild Card Game, we think they probably should have known this before.
Individual glory and accomplishments likely mean little to Lester, at least when they arise in losses as disappointing as the one suffered by the Cubs on Tuesday.
Freeland, a 17-game victor for the Rockies this year, got the best of it for 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
Rizzo's single up the middle off Adam Ottavino led to the tying run - after Maddon used the fastest guy in the place to pinch-run for him.
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I see upset people, some people that don't look like they lost a game. "That's not good enough". I think individually, and as a team we were bad .
This one lasted 4 hours, 55 minutes, and had pretty much everything, too. He'll be opposed by Kyle Freeland of the Rockies, who is 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA, but he will be making his first playoff start.
That came to the first hitter of the game, Charlie Blackmon.
The Cubs made it to the NLCS in each of the previous three seasons, winning the 2016 World Series to break a 108-year drought, but they were plagued by an inconsistent offense all season long. The free-swinging slugger drove it into the gap in left-center for a tying double, easily scoring Gore from second and sending a charge through the crowd.
To put it mildly, the odds were heavily stacked against the Colorado crew, which was forced by Major League Baseball's insanely compressed post-season schedule to travel to two time zones in two days to try and take down legacy squads on their iconic home fields.