Cubs closer Strop on wild-card roster

Cubs closer Strop on wild-card roster

Freeland's breakout season closed with an incredible run of 11 consecutive quality starts in which the 25-year-old went 8-0 with a 2.18 ERA.

The game-winning hit was delivered by Tony Wolters, who had an RBI single in the 13th inning that scored Trevor Story.

The Brewers would return to Milwaukee from Chicago with the division title and home-field advantage for the first game of the NLDS Thursday, Oct. 4.

The Rockies are in the Wild Card game for the second consecutive year after losing to Arizona last season, while the Cubs last played in the Wild Card game in 2015, beating Pittsburgh. To make matters worse, the dispiriting way that the Rockies fell to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, October 1, made a win at Wrigley Field on October 2 that much more hard to pull off.

The win was made sweeter because it was earned in rival territory. "We've really flipped this culture here".




Game 3 will be held in either Chicago or Denver, based on who wins the Wild Card game.

Rizzo's single up the middle off Adam Ottavino led to the tying run - after Maddon used the fastest guy in the place to pinch-run for him.

Freeland, meanwhile, allowed just one Cub to reach scoring position before leaving two outs into the seventh inning. Daniel Murphy was intentionally walked and Baez got tagged out by Arenado on Willson Contreras' grounder to third.

Former Cub DJ LeMahieu, the 2016 batting champion, then drove a ball through the gap in left-center that appeared to drive home Blackmon - until Bryant threw up his hands in left with the ball in the ivy.

Gore instead faced a 3-2 count and struck out, and so did Baez and Almora, ending the game.

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