Rockies edge Cubs in 13-inning, wild-card classic

Kevin Kruse

Tony Wolters of the Colorado Rockies hits a RBI single to score Trevor Story (not pictured) in the 13th inning against the Cubs during the National League Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field.

Officially a playoff game unlike the 163rd game tiebreakers each team played Monday, the roster limit maximum is set at 25 players.

They squandered a dominant start by Jon Lester, got shut down by Kyle Freeland and wasted several big scoring opportunities.

"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".

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

Javier Baez hugs Nolan Arenado in the eleventh inning. For lack of a better term, sometimes you need to get your di$% knocked in the dirt to appreciate it where we're at. To make matters worse, the dispiriting way that the Rockies fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, October 1, made a win at Wrigley Field on October 2 that much more hard to pull off.

After Lester walked Charlie Blackmon on five pitches, DJ LeMahieu belted a ground-rule double into the ivy in left-center, sending Blackmon to third.

Rather Lester, who accumulated a 3.32 ERA across his 32 regular-season appearances, used the contest to pad his reputation as a top big-game pitcher. After Story robbed Daniel Murphy of a hit with a diving grab at shortstop, manager Bud Black replaced Freeland with Adam Ottavino.

The Cubs got another chance when Anthony Rizzo singled with two outs in the eighth, and Maddon went for it. Butera was also 0 for 2, but he drew a walk.

Major League Baseball announced the first part of the 2018 postseason schedule Tuesday.

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