MLB Wild Card 2018: Rockies Advance Behind Gem From Kyle Freeland

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At 4 hours and 55 minutes, it was the longest elimination game in the history of the MLB, and at the end, it was the Colorado Rockies celebrating at Wrigley Field as they defeated the Cubs 2-1 in 13 innings on Tuesday night. What started as a pitching duel between Kyle Freeland of the Rockies and Jon Lester of the Cubs, ended as a bullpen duel with the Rockies bullpen proving their worth. Lester, who was fantastic, struck out 9 over 6 innings of work, but allowed one run; however, it was Freeland, who was pitching on short rest, that stole the show as he kept the Cubs off the board over his 6 2/3 innings, and at one point retired 11 straight batters.



Then the bullpens began their work, and the game got a little more exciting, as a combined 13 relievers were used between the teams. The Cubs had a chance to take the lead in the bottom of the 7th, as they loaded the bases with 2 outs forcing Joe Maddon to call upon Jason Heyward to pinch hit. Heyward, who has been billed as not the best postseason player, lived up to his name as he struck out and ended the Cubs threat. However, it was MVP candidate Javier Baez that tied the game up in the bottom of the 8th as he doubled to bring in Terrance Gore from 2nd base and tie the game at 1 run a piece.

The game would then be sent to extra innings, where a no-name player would become the hero for the Rockies. Third-string catcher, Tony Wolters, came through with the biggest hit of his career by far, as he hit the 4th straight single off of Kyle Hendricks and drove in the game-winning run.

The Rockies, advance to play the Milwaukee Brewers in a 5 game series that will start on Thursday. It’ll be the 3rd city the Rockies have visited in 4 days (Los Angeles and Chicago).