Rockies Win NL Wild Card, Beat Cubs 2-1

Rockies Win NL Wild Card, Beat Cubs 2-1

Wolters - who came into the game as part of a double switch in the 12th - then drove an RBI single up the middle. Terrance Gore tried to sell that he was hit by a pitch, but was sent back to the plate after a replay review confirmed the initial call. 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.

"It's the seventh game of the World Series right out of the chute", Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters. 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.

"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. Maybe we needed to get knocked down a peg or two to realize nothing's going to be given to us".

The Rockies used 20 players during the 13-inning contest, while the Cubs used 23. But he took a little while to settle into the game, and the Rockies took advantage.

LeMahieu took third on the play and was stranded there as Lester struck out Trevor Story and Matt Holliday to end the inning. However, Adam Ottavino struck out Jason Heyward to end the threat. He ran for his star first baseman with the speedy Gore, who promptly swiped second.

You certainly get nervous when you hear about a pitcher's forearm, because of its connection to the elbow.

Rizzo's spot came up twice more in the game with Gore striking out both times, including leading off a 1-2-3 13. Butera was also 0 for 2, but he drew a walk.

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