CHICAGO (AP) — The National League wild-card game between the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs is tied at 1 after 12 innings.
Javier Baez hit a tying double for the Cubs off reliever Adam Ottavino with two outs in the eighth inning Tuesday night. As midnight approached in Chicago, it was the longest postseason game by innings and time in Wrigley Field history
The winner heads to Milwaukee to open a best-of-five Division Series against the NL Central champion Brewers on Thursday.
Colorado left-hander Kyle Freeland pitched four-hit ball over 6 2/3 scoreless innings on short rest in his playoff debut. Nolan Arenado had a sacrifice fly in the first against Jon Lester, who gave up four hits in six innings.
Cole Hamels, normally a starter, threw two shutout innings of relief for Chicago. Kyle Hendricks, also a starter, got the final two outs in the top of the 12th.
It’s the third time a wild-card game has gone to extra innings, and the home team won the previous two. Kansas City beat Oakland in 12 innings in the 2014 AL wild-card game, and Toronto defeated Baltimore in 11 innings to take the 2016 AL wild-card game.
Baez walked leading off the 11th against Seunghwan Oh and moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Albert Almora. Daniel Murphy was intentionally walked and Baez got tagged out by Arenado on Willson Contreras’ grounder to third.
As Arenado applied the tag in the middle of the basepath between second and third, Baez wrapped his arms around him. Arenado smiled and patted him rather than try a throw to first.
Chris Rusin then retired pinch-hitter Victor Caratini on a grounder to first to end the inning.
Chicago had chances to score in the sixth and seventh.
Ian Happ, batting for Lester, walked leading off the sixth. With one out, right fielder David Dahl overran Kris Bryant’s pop fly near the line, allowing the ball to drop for a single. That put runners on first and second, but just when it looked as though the Cubs were ready to break through, Anthony Rizzo grounded into an inning-ending double play.
Chicago loaded the bases in the seventh, helped by a wild pitch and catcher’s interference, before pinch-hitter Jason Heyward struck out.
Rockies shortstop Trevor Story made a diving grab of Daniel Murphy’s line drive for the second out of the inning.
The Cubs finally broke through in the eighth after Rizzo singled with two outs. Pinch-runner Terrance Gore stole second before Baez hit a line drive to left-center on an 0-2 pitch from Ottavino.
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