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Joe Maddon will return as Cubs manager in 2019

Joe Maddon will return as Cubs manager in 2019

Of course it wasn't, and wild was only the tip of the iceberg of adjectives one could use to describe the Rockies' 2-1 win that spanned two days and almost five hours (an actual historically long postseason contest) and shaved unknowable years off all of our lives.

One day after letting their division titles slip away, the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies find themselves facing elimination. Gore swung and missed at a slider that dove low and outside of the strike zone. It's a brutal early exit for Chicago, which finished the regular season with the second-most wins (95) in the NL but fell to the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central tie-breaker before Colorado dashed its high postseason hopes. That allowed the Cubs to load the bases. In the eighth, the Cubs' Javier Baez doubled in pinch-runner Terrance Gore to knot things up.

The Rockies only scored two runs ... but it was enough it reinforced what got the Rockies to this point. With starter Kyle Hendricks on the mound for the Cubs, the Rockies recorded three singles with two outs, the last one driving in a run off the bat of bench player Tony Wolters. The Cubs will have to watch the Rockies try and defeat their division rivals in the NLDS.

Ottavino had an 0-2 count on Baez when his third pitch got too much of the plate. Strop has not pitched since September 13. The free-swinging slugger drove it into the gap in left-center for a tying double, easily scoring Gore from second and sending a charge through the crowd.




Maddon jumped to the big-budget Cubs in November 2014 and has led the team to sustained success not seen in Wrigleyville in a century.

That came to the first hitter of the game, Charlie Blackmon. We just got a little bit challenged offensively at the end of the year; obviously that hurt us.

He'll be facing a loaded lineup that features Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story, both of whom hit home runs in the NL West playoff loss to Los Angeles on Monday.

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