Joe Maddon expected back as Cubs manager in 2019

Neither aspect of that report is a huge surprise, but some had questioned Maddon's status given the Cubs' abrupt exit from the postseason and rumors of potential friction with president of baseball operations Theo Epstein.

LeMahieu took third on the play and was stranded there as Lester struck out Trevor Story and Matt Holliday to end the inning.

But they let their foot up off the gas a little too soon and went just 16-12 throughout the final month of the season, while the Brewers charged up from behind, utilizing an eight-game win streak in the process, and tied Chicago with 95 regular season wins apiece. The Cubs blew it long before that game even happened.

Given that ESPN is broadcasting the Wild Card Game, we think they probably should have known this before. And this loss stings.

And it took the last man on their bench, and cost Anthony Rizzo for the rest of the game to do it. We had a chance to win the division and we didn't.

Terrance Gore was a central figure in one of the many odd sequences in the NL wild-card game Tuesday. A simple base hit from Jason Heyward likely would've brought in two runs for Chicago, and that's all they would've needed.

Baez walked leading off against Seunghwan Oh and moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Almora.

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

Arenado laughed it off and hugged him back.

Chris Rusin then retired pinch-hitter Victor Caratini on a grounder to first to end the inning.

"We didn't make it easy on ourselves, that's for sure", Story said, "but we're going to enjoy this one tonight and we're definitely not done". Sometimes you have to tip your hat to the opponent.

"We've got to go out there and compete, and if we do that, there's no team that can beat us", Baez said, "and they know that".

  • Rosalie Stanley