That sound you hear is sobbing in Chicago, where Cubs fans are processing their team's staggering, thirteen-inning loss in last night's wild-card playoff game by venting their spleen on Twitter in ways guaranteed to please every believer in the Colorado Rockies, whose unlikely 2-1 victory was one for the ages. Tony Wolters, a.170 hitter during the regular season, got the game-winning RBI single, with Kurkjian describing how that's an example of what makes baseball great.
For the second time in as many days a Cubs opponent celebrated at Wrigley Field.
After the Rockies strung together three two-out singles in the 13th inning against Kyle Hendricks and took the lead, the Cubs called on former Royal Jorge De La Rosa, who got the final out to end the inning. Manager Joe Maddon said they would be available out of the bullpen. "We've really flipped this culture here". "I would like to think we would win it".
That is not a guy to whom you can entrust the most important innings in a season.
On Tuesday, they did just that with ESPN. 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. "It's unfortunate it ended up in this manner".
Gore was running for Anthony Rizzo, whose two-out single had kept the inning alive. Chicago finally responded in the bottom of the eighth inning when a double from Javier Baez scored Terrance Gore to tie the score, 1-1.
But when Almora followed with an inning-ending strikeout, the flickering continued. I was looking out over, get something and put it in the outfield.
Seven innings earlier, the Rockies needed just 13 pitches to score their only run of regulation play.
And despite putting the leadoff man on three times, he didn't pitch with a Cub in scoring position until sixth.
This one lasted 4 hours, 55 minutes, and had pretty much everything, too.
On paper, the National League wild-card game doesn't seem that memorable, that momentous.
They certainly competed. Hitting was another thing.