"It's Jonny Lester, he's pitched in a few big games before, he's got a resume", said Anthony Rizzo of Lester.
The Cubs also had only one day off over their final 43 days of the season due to a grueling schedule that wore the team down physically and mentally.
The Cubs - who finished fourth in the NL in runs despite being held to one or zero in 39 regular-season games, one fewer than Baltimore for most in the majors - managed just four hits in 6 2/3 innings against Freeland.
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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.
And despite putting the leadoff man on three times, he didn't pitch with a Cub in scoring position until sixth. So that's why they run their mouth a lot, because they know we're the best.
Previously, the longest winner-take-all games in the postseason were 12-inning affairs in the 2014 AL wild-card round and Game 7 of the 1924 World Series.
Lester believes the last month or so affected position players, such as Baez, more so than the pitchers. He might even be able to get to third base on his own, opening up the possibility for a sacrifice fly, an RBI ground out, or a chance to score on a wild pitch/passed ball. Gore swung and missed at a slider that dove low and outside of the strike zone. But if Gore were to get on by drawing a walk (or being hit by a pitch), it's almost a foregone conclusion that he moves himself into scoring position.
Seeing as how Lester will turn 35 before he makes his next start for the Cubs, it's fair to wonder how many more big postseason moments he has in front of him.