Rockies win NL Wild Card thriller

Rockies win NL Wild Card thriller

Rockies win NL Wild Card thriller

On Tuesday, they did just that with ESPN.

Once the last out was recorded and the Rockies' tickets to Milwaukee stamped (they'll take on the quietly powerful Brewers beginning Thursday, October 4), the Cubs faithful went straight to their phones and began tapping out messages of pain and remorse.

After the Cubs failed to stop the Brewers through 162 games, a Game 163 was needed to decide a champion. They should've been completely gassed, and the Cubs should've had every advantage.

On paper, the National League wild-card game doesn't seem that memorable, that momentous.

In the biggest game of his young career, the Denver native put on a show-stopping performance at Wrigley Field that punched the Colorado Rockies' ticket to the NLDS in an extra-innings, 2-1 win over the Cubs in the NL Wild Card game on Tuesday night. The Rockies even basically gift-wrapped the Cubs an opportunity in the seventh inning when catcher interference was called on catcher Drew Butera with two outs, loading the bases for the Cubs. However, Adam Ottavino struck out Jason Heyward to end the threat.

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Veteran workhorse Jon Lester pitched valiently going six strong innings giving up only one run while striking out nine batters.

Lester stranded LeMahieu at third base, then allowed only three more hits - including doubles by Matt Holliday and Story - before leaving for a pinch hitter in the last of the sixth, still down just 1-0. His in-game decisions have notably been under a magnifying glass in the playoffs, including in the final two games of the World Series in 2016, when overused closer Aroldis Chapman, who faltered late before the Cubs responded to capture their long-awaited championship.

The Cubs had two chances to get it done on their home field, and they couldn't do it.

To add more misery to the Cubs' anemic offense, the team wasted an incredible outing from their starting pitcher. The Rockies lost to Arizona in the NL wild-card game a year ago.

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