Cubs closer Strop on wild-card roster

THE CUBTOBER DIARY: Confidence comes from from the Cubs’ starter

Given that ESPN is broadcasting the Wild Card Game, we think they probably should have known this before.

There is no rest for the tired as the Chicago Cubs host the Colorado Rockies in the 2018 National League Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night.

Once the last out was recorded and the Rockies' tickets to Milwaukee stamped (they'll take on the quietly powerful Brewers beginning Thursday, October 4), the Cubs faithful went straight to their phones and began tapping out messages of pain and remorse.

Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Scott Oberg (45) celebrates with teammate Tony Wolters (left) after defeating the Chicago Cubs in the 2018 National League wild card playoff baseball game at Wrigley Field.

Trevor Story hits a single in the thirteenth inning. They were soon joined by the rest of the excited Rockies in a rollicking purple mob near the mound. This will be the first postseason start of his career.

Pedro Strop reacts after striking out Ian Desmond in the ninth inning. That lasted one batter and a double play. Daniel Murphy was intentionally walked and Baez got tagged out by Arenado on Willson Contreras' grounder to third.

Time to move on and start focusing on next season.

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"Such a insane game", Story said. Chicago finished with six hits and left 10 runners on base after managing only three hits in Monday's 3-1 home loss to the Brewers in the NL Central tiebreaker. Sure, the Colorado Rockies, who hadn't made it past the wild-card game in this decade, slayed the beast that was the Cubs, who ran out of steam and failed to live up to expectations in an uncharacteristically early postseason exit. "Believe me, it was on my mind for a large part of it".

Colorado will counter with 25-year-old Kyle Freeland, who went 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA this season.

The Rockies used 20 players during the 13-inning contest, while the Cubs used 23.

It will be the second consecutive day that the teams will play in one-game playoffs. For lack of a better term, sometimes you need to get your di$% knocked in the dirt to appreciate it where we're at.

Charlie Blackmon led off with a five-pitch walk. First pitch is 3:15 p.m. on FS1.

That one run looked as if it might hold up as Freeland cruised into the seventh. However, Adam Ottavino struck out Jason Heyward to end the threat. With two outs, he came on as a pinch runner and stole second.

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