Cubs eliminated from playoffs with loss to Rockies

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras
Patrick Gorski USA Today Sports

04 October, 2018

The National League Central champion Milwaukee Brewers will begin postseason play on October 4.

ESPN's coverage of the 2018 MLB National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tire was up 59 percent from the National League Wild Card Game in 2017, according to Nielsen. The victor will advance to the NLDS to face the Brewers.

"We have had a lot of things go awry this year and in spite that have still tied for the most wins in the National League in a 162-game season", manager Joe Maddon said. If Tuesday is any indication, the answer is at least a couple more - just, ultimately, not this postseason. He stretched a couple of times and tried to figure out when he might get a chance to play.

Colorado scored in the top of the 13th in the NL Wild Card game and slammed the door on Chicago in the bottom of the frame. and then it was time for champagne and Budweiser. As a member of the Athletics, Lester started the one-game Wild Card playoff game against the Royals in Kansas City, where he was charged with six runs in 7 1/3 innings in a 9-8 loss.

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Freeland, who lost his only start against the Cubs (3-2 in April), allowed only four hits, all singles, and one walk.

The Cubs will retain Maddon for the final year of his contract in 2019 but won't offer him an extension this offseason, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported Wednesday afternoon.

The Rockies are in the Wild Card game for the second consecutive year after losing to Arizona last season, while the Cubs last played in the Wild Card game in 2015, beating Pittsburgh.

The Rockies and Cubs battled in extra innings, but neither offense could get going until the Rockies struck in the 13th inning. But Heyward struck out swinging. His in-game decisions have notably been under a magnifying glass in the playoffs, including in the final two games of the World Series in 2016, when overused closer Aroldis Chapman, who faltered late before the Cubs responded to capture their long-awaited championship.

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