Colorado Rockies Douse Wrigley Field In Champagne After Upsetting Cubs

Colorado Rockies Douse Wrigley Field In Champagne After Upsetting Cubs

Colorado Rockies Douse Wrigley Field In Champagne After Upsetting Cubs

Tony Wolters of the Colorado Rockies hits a RBI single to score Trevor Story (not pictured) in the 13th inning against the Cubs during the National League Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field.

Joe Maddon didn't have to search long to sum up how a Cubs season that went, in the span of two days, from sharing the National League Central division lead to getting put out of the playoffs. "This is my first time where I think I've gone four years in a row in the postseason".

It was a bitter end for a team that made the NLCS the previous three years and won a World Series in 2016 that ended a drought dating to 1908.

Lester also pointed to Yu Darvish's and Brandon Morrow's season-ending injuries, and losing Kris Bryant and Pedro Strop for long stretches (Strop pitched in the wild card, his first time on the mound since September 13). That lasted one batter and a double play. 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 Chicago Cubs had a total of 22 innings AT Wrigley Field to advance themselves into the NLDS, and yet they were only able to manage 2 runs of offense. Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado exchanged a memorable hug with Javier Baez after he tagged the excitable Cubs star in the 11th. Lester struck out nine and walked one.

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Lester then limited the damage by striking out Story and Matt Holliday with LeMahieu on third.

The very next night, the Cubs had another chance to get it done against Colorado.

The hug struck Rockies manager Bud Black as interference.

The Rockies only scored two runs ... but it was enough it reinforced what got the Rockies to this point. Additionally, ESPN2 first Wild Card alternative viewing experience drew a 0.5 metered market rating, making it one of ESPN's highest-rated alternative viewing experiences to date, across sports properties.

"All I can say is I'm extremely proud of how we've come together", Kris Bryant said.

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