Scott Miller: Colorado Rockies Resilient; NL Wild Card Loss Tough Blow For Chicago Cubs

Colorado outlasted Chicago in a five-hour, 13-inning marathon to win the Wild Card

After Hours with Amy Lawrence
October 29, 2018 - 9:38 am

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After a five-hour, 13-inning marathon, the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs, 2-1, at Wrigley Field on Tuesday to win the NL Wild Card and advance to the NLDS. The Rockies took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, allowed the Cubs to tie it in the eighth, but won it on a Tony Wolters RBI single in the 13th.

“The Rockies’ resilience was very impressive,” Bleacher Report MLB columnist Scott Miller said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “Kyle Freeland was just phenomenal.”

Freeland, 25, pitched 6 and 2/3 shutout innings. He threw 86 pitches – 60 for strikes – and scattered four hits.

“This kid has really come into his own this year,” Miller said. “He’s going to be a top-five finisher in the Cy Young balloting. He was nails when he had to be. The Rockies offensively, it wasn’t the greatest game, but Freeland and (Jon) Lester dueled. That was A-stuff from both of them. Tense game, but very, very impressed by the Rockies doing what they needed to do.”

The Rockies will play the Brewers in the NLDS. Game 1 is Thursday in Milwaukee at 5:07 p.m. ET.

The Cubs, meanwhile, are left to wonder what could have been. They lost their lead in the NL Central and then lost back-to-back must-win games at Wrigley Field.

“It’s a tough blow for the Cubs,” Miller said. “Three years in a row, they played in the National League Championship Series. A lot of people weren’t expecting it (in 2015), and they ended up getting swept by the Mets. But they arrived with this group of players – Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo – a year early.”

The Cubs haven’t bowed out of the playoffs this early since 2014. 

“It’s hugely disappointing because with this crew, they know that they’re in a window to win right now,” Miller said. “I know they finally broke the 108-year drought of winning a World Series, but I think realistically – they might not talk about it publicly – but I think the expectation with this current group is to win multiple World Series. These chances with these players do not last forever. No question, they’re shocked at Wrigley Field.”