Joe Maddon Has Managed His Last Game for the Cubs

Rockies ace Kyle Freeland faces Cubs ace Jon Lester in the NL wild-card game Tuesday at Wrigley Field. More

Rockies ace Kyle Freeland faces Cubs ace Jon Lester in the NL wild-card game Tuesday at Wrigley Field. More

He started the Cubs' last Wild Card Game and will be making his 22nd postseason start against the Rockies.

It's a nice gesture.

A Cubs lineup that entered the game having scored exactly one run - on a solo homer - since Sunday afternoon's sixth inning left 10 on base, going 1-for-6 with men in scoring position.

Lester knows what he's talking about, though: Tuesday marked the 26th postseason outing of his 13-year career (22nd start), which is more than the entire Rockies roster combined.

They got shut down by Jhoulys Chacin in a 3-1 tiebreaker loss to Milwaukee, then had to watch Colorado celebrate after winning the longest win-or-go home game in major league history.

Fortunately, the two seemed to have hashed things out.

The Brewers will host the victor of the Rockies-Cubs Wild Card Game at Miller Park. Lester pitched six innings giving up four hits and one earned run while walking only one and striking out nine.

"At the end of the day, coming down the stretch I felt like we played good baseball", Lester said.

Colorado will counter with 25-year-old Kyle Freeland, who went 17-7 with a 2.85 ERA this season. Sure, the Colorado Rockies, who hadn't made it past the wild-card game in this decade, slayed the beast that was the Cubs, who ran out of steam and failed to live up to expectations in an uncharacteristically early postseason exit. "Maybe we needed to get knocked down a peg or two to realize nothing's going to be given to us".

After Lester walked Charlie Blackmon on five pitches, DJ LeMahieu belted a ground-rule double into the ivy in left-center, sending Blackmon to third. There was a report earlier this year that the Cubs were considering moving on from Maddon after the 2019 season.

One theme that was very aggravating during the season was the Cubs hot and cold offense.

Chicago loaded the bases with two outs, getting some help when Drew Butera was called for catcher's interference, but Ottavino struck out pinch-hitter Jason Heyward to end the inning. "I would like to think we would win it".

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