It wasn't until there were two out in the bottom of the eighth on Tuesday night that the Cubs scored the run that ultimately created the longest postseason game in Wrigley Field history - both by innings and time.
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.
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. We just got a little bit challenged offensively at the end of the year; obviously that hurt us.
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With the Red Sox, Lester allowed three runs in Game 7 of the American League Championship Series in a loss to the Rays in 2008.
Rizzo's single up the middle off Adam Ottavino led to the tying run - after Maddon used the fastest guy in the place to pinch-run for him. Oberg's 2-2 pitch came inside, striking home-plate umpire Chris Guccione.
Freeland, a 17-game victor for the Rockies this year, got the best of it for 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
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. Butera was also 0 for 2, but he drew a walk.