And when.170-hitting backup catcher Tony Wolters singled up the middle with two out in the 13 inning off the Kyle Hendricks - the Cubs best pitcher in September - it all flickered out. The guys also discuss how Cubs manager Joe Maddon's job could be in jeopardy based on another early postseason exit.
In the 13th and final inning, the left fielder tried to earn a free pass against right-hander Scott Oberg.
Gore was running for Anthony Rizzo, whose two-out single had kept the inning alive. We just got a little bit challenged offensively at the end of the year; obviously that hurt us.
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.
"At the end of the day, coming down the stretch I felt like we played good baseball", Lester said.
This one lasted 4 hours, 55 minutes, and had pretty much everything, too.
Starting on three days' rest for the first time in the pros, Freeland struck out six in 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
Ian Happ got to second in the sixth inning on a walk and a one-out single by Kris Bryant.
The former Red Sox pitcher won two World Series' with the Red Sox and one with the Cubs in 2016.
The ground-rule double put runners at second and third for Nolan Arenado, who followed with a sacrifice fly to center.
Lester then limited the damage by striking out Story and Matt Holliday with LeMahieu on third.