Rockies advance to NLDS with extra-innings victory over Cubs

Elena Summers
October 3, 2018

The losing team will go on to play in the one-game National League Wild Card game, with the victor getting a few days off before advancing to the NL Division Series.

If they win, they can sit back and watch the Wild Card games like regular fans resting up until they play again on Thursday.

Tuesday night's National League Wild Card game will begin at 6 p.m. (Mountain time) and will be televised by ESPN.

If the Cubs lose they will face that team Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.

Add Kyle Freeland to the list of hometown heroes.

"I don't know if there is anybody better in the big leagues in a situation like this", said Cubs infielder Daniel Murphy, who faced Lester in the 2015 playoffs with the Mets and the 2017 postseason with the Nationals. It will also be the second consecutive season that the Rockies have appeared in the Wild Card game. Their one loss at Wrigley, however, came with Freeland on the mound.

With the Red Sox, Lester allowed three runs in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series in a loss to the Rays in 2008.

The opposing pitcher in that game?

The game-winning hit was delivered by Tony Wolters, who had an RBI single in the 13th inning that scored Trevor Story. After Monday's loss at Chavez Ravine, the Rockies crossed back over the Mountain time zone to get to Chicago.

Should they do that, the Cubs will have a great shot to keep their postseason going beyond just one game. It will be a quick turnaround for both clubs, who had the luxury of expanded rosters for their respective Game 163s.

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