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. He retired all four batters he faced, including going 1-2-3 in a 13th inning that included an overturn on a Rockies-requested review when Cubs leadoff man Terrance Gore had been ruled to have been hit by a pitch.
The Cubs made it to the NLCS in each of the previous three seasons, winning the 2016 World Series to break a 108-year drought, but they were plagued by an inconsistent offense all season long.
This time, it was Kyle Freeland cruising through Maddon's lineup.
Given that ESPN is broadcasting the Wild Card Game, we think they probably should have known this before. For lack of a better term, sometimes you need to get your di$% knocked in the dirt to appreciate it where we're at.
The Rockies won 2-1 in 13 innings thanks in part to former Royals closer Wade Davis working out of a jam in the eighth inning and preserving a tie. Lester struck out nine and walked one.
Charlie Blackmon led off with a five-pitch walk.
Rather Lester, who accumulated a 3.32 ERA across his 32 regular-season appearances, used the contest to pad his reputation as a top big-game pitcher.
Lester then limited the damage by striking out Story and Matt Holliday with LeMahieu on third.
Ottavino took over two outs into the seventh inning with Almora aboard following a single. He ran for his star first baseman with the speedy Gore, who promptly swiped second.