Why Cubs lost longest playoff game in history of Wrigley

Why Cubs lost longest playoff game in history of Wrigley

Why Cubs lost longest playoff game in history of Wrigley

"But that whole narrative switches (Tuesday) if we win the ballgame". On Tuesday night, in the biggest game of his life, he did what he's done all year: change speeds effectively and paint the corners. When Lester struck out Matt Holliday - the star of the Rockies' 2007 playoff run - to end the sixth, he let loose a ferocious display of emotion as he walked off the mound to an explosion of cheers from the Cubs faithful.

The losing team will go on to play in the one-game National League Wild Card game, with the victor getting a few days off before advancing to the NL Division Series.

"He's a really good pitcher", Maddon said beforehand.

Going into the final game of the season, Yelich was tied for second in the NL with 36 home runs.

NL home run champion Nolan Arenado and the Rockies (91-72) had won nine of 10 before getting shut down by rookie Walker Buehler in a 5-2 loss on Monday.

The Rockies won it with three two-out singles in the 13th against Kyle Hendricks by Trevor Story, Gerardo Parra and Tony Wolters. If Joe Maddon and Bud Black had the flexibility afforded by the DH, there would've been more at-bats by Blackmon and Rizzo and fewer by Pat Valaika and Victor Caratini.

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In an epic win-or-go-home game, the Cubs exited to the offseason.

They have three straight appearances in the NL Championship Series and a World Series championship in 2016 that ended a 108-year drought. They were also held to one run or less for the 39th time even though they ranked fourth in the National League in scoring.

With the Wild Card game being the true beginning of the postseason, both the Cubs and Rockies will be forced to cut down their rosters back to the 25-man limit. Last year, they ran out of gas in the NLCS.

It will be the second consecutive day that the teams will play in one-game playoffs. Freeland left leading 1-0 with two outs in the seventh after giving up four measly hits and striking out six on 82 pitches. 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.

Anthony Rizzo got off to a slow start before going on a tear.

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