Rockies beat Cubs in 13 innings, advance to NLDS

The 4 possible outcomes for MLB's tiebreakers ranked by how cool they'd

The 4 possible outcomes for MLB's tiebreakers ranked by how cool they'd

So now the Cubs and Rockies play in the National League wild-card game. Terrance Gore, used nearly exclusively as a pinch-runner, received multiple at-bats for just the second time in his career because the Cubs didn't have anyone else to bring in for him. When Lester struck out Matt Holliday - the star of the Rockies' 2007 playoff run - to end the sixth, he let loose a ferocious display of emotion as he walked off the mound to an explosion of cheers from the Cubs faithful.

On a forgettable night for everyone but the Rockies, the Cubs had only one at-bat worth remembering. On Tuesday night, in the biggest game of his life, he did what he's done all year: change speeds effectively and paint the corners.

NL home run champion Nolan Arenado and the Rockies (91-72) had won nine of 10 before getting shut down by rookie Walker Buehler in a 5-2 loss on Monday. If Joe Maddon and Bud Black had the flexibility afforded by the DH, there would've been more at-bats by Blackmon and Rizzo and fewer by Pat Valaika and Victor Caratini. It was another very disappointing appearance, and I remarked that I'm not sure the Cubs could justify carrying him on a postseason roster at this point.

Should they do that, the Cubs will have a great shot to keep their postseason going beyond just one game. In 2016, they rallied from 3-1 down in the World Series and won Game 7 at Cleveland to bring home the first championship in 108 years.

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The unprecedented schedule in baseball on Monday, with two tiebreakers, makes this feel like a consolation game, but it shouldn't be - and it isn't. And they beat Washington in a grueling Division Series previous year, winning Game 5 on the road. He has been particularly stingy in the postseason throughout his career, going 9-7 with a 2.55 ERA in 25 games and 21 starts. He's 0-1 with a 2.61 ERA in those starts. The Cubs were unable to respond in the bottom of the 13th.

"It's Jonny Lester, he's pitched in a few big games before, he's got a resume", said Anthony Rizzo of Lester.

Nothing has come easily.

Chicago will trot out its veteran southpaw to start as Jon Lester will toe the rubber on Tuesday night.

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