Rockies Win NL Wild Card, Beat Cubs 2-1

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The team with the most regular-season victories and postseason victories in baseball the previous three years are suddenly done after managing just two runs in 22 innings over two losses to the Brewers (in Monday's division tiebreaker) and Rockies.

That's what October 2, 2018, was for the Chicago Cubs, courtesy of YOUR Colorado Rockies.

LeMahieu took third on the play and was stranded there as Lester struck out Trevor Story and Matt Holliday to end the inning.

2018 was probably Maddon's best work as Cubs manager given all he and the team had to endure and the players vehemently backed their skipper (link:https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/cubs/after-earliest-playoff-exit-joe-maddon-era-cubs-players-praise-their-oft-criticized-manager).

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Though the Cubs' postseason run ended earlier than the team hoped, the loss in last night's NL wild card game doesn't seem like it will lead to a change in the dugout. Gore promptly stole second base, then came around to score easily on an RBI double to left-center field by Javier Báez. And yet, the Cubs won't even be playing in a postseason series. The Cubs had the bases loaded in the 7th inning with two outs. Lester pitched six innings giving up four hits and one earned run while walking only one and striking out nine.

Not only did the Cubs lose back-to-back games at home that would've advanced them straight to the NLDS, but they let the NL Central title slip right through their fingers.

Gore instead faced a 3-2 count and struck out, and so did Baez and Almora, ending the game. Nolan Arenado then hit a sacrifice fly to put the Rockies up 1-0. 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. Of course not, as of the 50 Cubs batters who came to the plate, only 11 reached base. We just got a little bit challenged offensively at the end of the year; obviously that hurt us.

There was an MVP chant for Charlie Blackmon.

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