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Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies in NL Wild Card Game

Cubs bullpen workhorse Steve Cishek has pitched the last three days as the Cubs face a loser-out playoff opener Tuesday

Once the last out was recorded and the Rockies' tickets to Milwaukee stamped (they'll take on the quietly powerful Brewers beginning Thursday, October 4), the Cubs faithful went straight to their phones and began tapping out messages of pain and remorse.

Both teams landed in the Wild Card after losing a Game 163, the first time in Major League Baseball history that had ever happened. The Cubs will have to watch the Rockies try and defeat their division rivals in the NLDS. This team just let two different teams come into their home ballpark and celebrate on their field on consecutive nights. "Again, that speaks to the quality of the player in the room of the and even though maybe the numbers offensively didn't matchup, these guys put up 95 wins". It wasn't sexy, but it was effective enough to score the Rockies' winning run and send the Cubs packing. He stretched a couple of times and tried to figure out when he might get a chance to play.

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

Freeland, who lost his only start against the Cubs (3-2 in April), allowed only four hits, all singles, and one walk.

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. Gore, Baez and Albert Almora Jr. then struck out, bringing a marathon game and a hard season to a fitting end. As a member of the Athletics, Lester started the one-game Wild Card playoff game against the Royals in Kansas City, where he was charged with six runs in 7 1/3 innings in a 9-8 loss. MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported earlier today, however, that a contract extension doesn't appear to be coming in the near future, nor have Maddon's representatives recently inquired about a new deal with Cubs management.