Rockies edge Cubs in 13-inning, wild-card classic

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Joe Maddon's club has reached the NLCS from 2015-2017, but after a disappointing end to the 2018 season, the Cubbies won't even be going to the NLDS.

Why? Because they absolutely blew it. The Rockies aren't ending a nine-year postseason drought. The win gave the Brewers home field advantage.

After the Cubs failed to stop the Brewers through 162 games, a Game 163 was needed to decide a champion.

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Davis was summoned by Rockies manager Bud Black (a former Royals pitcher) and Davis struck out Albert Almora Jr., which kept the game tied at 1-1. He stretched a couple of times and tried to figure out when he might get a chance to play. Zobrist also played right field and left field in the game.

Game 3 will be held in either Chicago or Denver, based on who wins the Wild Card game. They should've been completely gassed, and the Cubs should've had every advantage.

A freaky hug between Nolan Arenado and the Cubs' Javy Baez had the internet going insane in the 11th inning of the National League wild-card game on Tuesday night. However, Adam Ottavino struck out Jason Heyward to end the threat.

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Lester stranded LeMahieu at third base, then allowed only three more hits - including doubles by Matt Holliday and Story - before leaving for a pinch hitter in the last of the sixth, still down just 1-0.

A day later, the Cubs fell 2-1 to the Rockies in 13 innings in the NL wild-card game, which marked Chicago's earliest playoff elimination under Maddon, who's regarded a quality leader and motivator but whose in-game tactical acumen has often come under fire.

It's hard to argue with Maddon's track record since coming to Wrigleyville, as the Cubs have a 387-261 record and four postseason appearances in his four seasons as manager, highlighted by the curse-breaking 2016 World Series championship.

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Rizzo's spot came up twice more in the game with Gore striking out both times, including leading off a 1-2-3 13. The Rockies lost to Arizona in the NL wild-card game a year ago.

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