Rockies Win NL Wild Card, Beat Cubs 2-1

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Tied at one in the top of the 13th, Tony Wolters hit a single up the middle with two outs and runners on the corners on a 1-2 pitch to send home Trevor Story from third to give the Rockies the lead.

The lefty-lefty pitching rematch that featured big-game Cubs starter Jon Lester against postseason rookie Kyle Freeland on short rest turned into a classic October duel.

Freeland, a Thomas Jefferson High School graduate, became the first Rockies pitcher with a scoreless postseason start.

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On Tuesday, they did just that with ESPN. In the eighth, the Cubs' Javier Baez doubled in pinch-runner Terrance Gore to knot things up.

And despite putting the leadoff man on three times, he didn't pitch with a Cub in scoring position until sixth.

"We've got to go out there and compete, and if we do that, there's no team that can beat us", Baez said, "and they know that".

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This one lasted 4 hours, 55 minutes, and had pretty much everything, too. This was really a stellar year but to think the Cubs could continue to limp deep into the playoffs, with no real closer, a healing Pedro Strop, a hesitant Kris Bryant, and two of the five starting pitchers from the beginning of the season completely out of the picture, well, it wasn't likely. But even though the Rockies struck first, notching a run in the opening frame by way of a Charlie Blackmon walk, a DJ LeMahieu double and a Nolan Arenado sacrifice fly, maintaining such a narrow advantage proved impossible. The run, the walk, and a hit (a ground-rule double) came at the start of the game, as he battled his command.

Maybe that's why the Cubs were quite confident in their chances despite being involved in a "Win or Go Home" game right off the bat in the 2018 playoffs.

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