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That seems like small consolation now.

The Cubs' 2018 season is over after falling to the Rockies 2-1 in extra innings in the National League Wild Card game.

Chicago lost two home games with a chance to reach the NL Division Series.

The Rockies move on to face the Brewers in the best-of-five NLDS series, which begins at 3:07 p.m. Thursday in Milwaukee.

Almora had two of just six hits for the Cubs, who were appearing in the postseason for the fourth consecutive season.

Trevor Story grounded a single through the left side and Gerardo Parra lined one to right, putting runners at first and third. Terrance Gore tried to sell that he was hit by a pitch, but was sent back to the plate after a replay review confirmed the initial call.

Strop was under consideration to return for the win-or-go-home game against the Colorado Rockies after missing the past two weeks.

You certainly get nervous when you hear about a pitcher's forearm, because of its connection to the elbow. While it wasn't a long stay, Colorado was in the playoffs in 2017.

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

Freeland, a Thomas Jefferson High School graduate, became the first Rockies pitcher with a scoreless postseason start. A franchise that for decades was defined by heartache has more wins the past four seasons than any other team.

Given that ESPN is broadcasting the Wild Card Game, we think they probably should have known this before. And this loss stings. However, Freeland got Anthony Rizzo to ground into a double play, ending the threat.

That's far from the case for Lester, who takes the mound tonight for his 26th playoff game of his career, and his 12th since joining the Cubs in 2015. We just got a little bit challenged offensively at the end of the year; obviously that hurt us. "We've really flipped this culture here".


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