2018 National League Wild Card Game

The 2018 National League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2018 postseason between the National League's two wild card teams, the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs earned home field advantage by virtue of having a better regular season record. The game occurred on October 2, 2018, with the Rockies victorious by a score of 2–1 in 13 innings—the longest winner-take-all game in MLB postseason history.[1] The Rockies advanced to face the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series.

For sponsorship reasons with Hankook Tire the game was formally known as the National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tire.[2]

2018 National League Wild Card Game
2018NLWC
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
Colorado Rockies 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 11 1
Chicago Cubs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
DateOctober 2, 2018
VenueWrigley Field
CityChicago, Illinois
Managers
Umpires
Attendance40,151
TelevisionESPN
ESPN2 (Statcast Edition)
TV announcersMatt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Jessica Mendoza, and Buster Olney (ESPN)
Jason Benetti, Eduardo Pérez, and Mike Petriello (ESPN2)
RadioESPN
Radio announcersDan Shulman and Chris Singleton

Background

At the scheduled end of the regular season, the NL Central and NL West divisions each had two teams tied for the division lead; Cubs and Brewers in the Central, and Dodgers and Rockies in the West. This resulted in two tiebreaker games being played on October 1 to determine division winners, with the losers of the tiebreaker games—the Rockies and Cubs—relegated to this Wild Card Game.[3]

This was the first Wild Card Game to require tiebreakers to determine both teams,[4] and the first NL Wild Card Game to require any tiebreaker game, as the only other Wild Card Game to require a tiebreaker was the 2013 AL Wild Card Game. The Cubs and Rockies became the first teams in MLB history to lose tiebreaker games at the end of the regular season yet still enter postseason play,[4] as they played in the first divisional tie-breaker games needed since MLB's addition of a second Wild Card team in 2012.

The Cubs entered the Wild Card Game with a record of 95–68, while the Rockies entered at 91–72. The Cubs and Rockies tied the six-game regular season series 3–3, with each team winning two of the three games in its opponent's ballpark.[2] This was the first postseason meeting between the two teams.

Game results

Scott Oberg on July 31, 2016 (cropped)
Scott Oberg of the Rockies was the winning pitcher.

Linescore

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 7:08 pm (CDT) at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois, 61 °F (16 °C), cloudy
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 R H E
Colorado Rockies 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 11 1
Chicago Cubs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
WP: Scott Oberg (1–0)   LP: Kyle Hendricks (0–1)
Attendance: 40,151
Boxscore

Game summary

Charlie Blackmon walked to lead off the game for the Rockies, and DJ LeMahieu followed with a double. They recorded their first run in the first inning when Nolan Arenado hit a sacrifice fly that scored Blackmon. In the eighth inning, Anthony Rizzo hit a single for the Cubs. Pinch runner Terrance Gore stole second base, and scored on an RBI double by Javier Báez.[5] Tony Wolters, who entered the game in the 12th inning in a double switch, had an RBI single for Colorado in the thirteenth inning, scoring Trevor Story.[6] Scott Oberg recorded the win, striking out Gore, Baez and Albert Almora in the bottom of the 13th to secure a spot in the NLDS.[7] Oberg became the first reliever to win a postseason game when facing at least four batters and striking out all of them.[8]

References

  1. ^ Bradburn, Michael (October 3, 2018). "Rockies-Cubs sets record for longest winner-take-all game in MLB history". TheScore.com. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Harding, Thomas; Muskat, Carrie (October 1, 2018). "FAQ about the NL Wild Card Game". MLB.com. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  3. ^ "Dodgers capture NL West, send Rockies to wild-card game vs. Cubs". Chicago Tribune. September 26, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Schoenfield, David (October 1, 2018). "Breaking down Monday's division tiebreaker doubleheader". ESPN. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  5. ^ "Cubs' season ends with 2-1, 13-inning loss to Rockies in NL wild-card game". Chicago Tribune. September 26, 2018. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  6. ^ Perry, Dayn. "Rockies' Tony Wolters, one of 2018's worst hitters, came up with the biggest hit of the NL Wild Card Game". CBSSports.com. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  7. ^ Cohen, Jay. "Tewksbury's Oberg gets win in Rockies' wild 13-inning wild-card win - Lowell Sun Online". Lowellsun.com. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "Pitching Game Finder: In the Postseason, From 1903 to 2018, Pitcher Won, as Reliever, (requiring BF>=4, SO>=4 and BF=SO), sorted by greatest SO". Baseball Reference. Retrieved October 5, 2018.

External links

2014 American League Wild Card Game

The 2014 American League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2014 postseason played between the American League's (AL) two wild card teams, the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals. It was held on September 30, 2014. The Royals won by a score of 9–8 in 12 innings, and advanced to play the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2014 American League Division Series.This was the second postseason meeting between the Athletics and Royals, having first met in the 1981 ALDS (Athletics won 3–0).

The 12-inning contest tied the then record for the longest (by innings) "winner-take-all" game in postseason history, shared with Game 7 of the 1924 World Series. This record was subsequently broken by the 2018 National League Wild Card Game .

2018 National League Championship Series

The 2018 National League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the Milwaukee Brewers against the Los Angeles Dodgers, for the National League (NL) pennant and the right to play in the 2018 World Series against the AL Champions, the Boston Red Sox.

The series was the 49th in league history, with Fox airing all games in the United States. This series was the first time two teams that won their division in a tiebreaker game faced each other in a playoff series, as well as the first postseason match-up between the Brewers and Dodgers. For the first time since 2012, the NLCS reached a game seven, with the Dodgers defeating the Brewers and winning back-to-back pennants for the first time since 1977–1978.

For the second year, Major League Baseball sold presenting sponsorships to all of its postseason series; as with the ALCS, this NLCS was sponsored by Google Assistant and was officially known as the National League Championship Series presented by Google Assistant.

2018 National League West tie-breaker game

The 2018 National League West tie-breaker game was a one-game extension to Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2018 regular season, played between the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers to determine the champion of the National League's (NL) West Division. It was played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California on October 1, 2018.

The game was won by Los Angeles, 5–2. The Dodgers became the second seed in the NL playoffs and advanced to play the NL East champion Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series. The Rockies were hosted by the NL Central runner-up Chicago Cubs in the NL Wild Card Game on October 2.The tie-breaker counted as a regular season game for both teams, with all events in the game added to regular season statistics.

Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs are an American professional baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division. The team plays its home games at Wrigley Field, located on the city's North Side. The Cubs are one of two major league teams in Chicago; the other, the Chicago White Sox, is a member of the American League (AL) Central division. The Cubs, first known as the White Stockings, were a founding member of the NL in 1876, becoming the Chicago Cubs in 1903.The Cubs have appeared in a total of eleven World Series. The 1906 Cubs won 116 games, finishing 116–36 and posting a modern-era record winning percentage of .763, before losing the World Series to the Chicago White Sox ("The Hitless Wonders") by four games to two. The Cubs won back-to-back World Series championships in 1907 and 1908, becoming the first major league team to play in three consecutive World Series, and the first to win it twice. Most recently, the Cubs won the 2016 National League Championship Series and 2016 World Series, which ended a 71-year National League pennant drought and a 108-year World Series championship drought, both of which are record droughts in Major League Baseball. The 108-year drought was also the longest such occurrence in all major North American sports. Since the start of divisional play in 1969, the Cubs have appeared in the postseason ten times through the 2018 season.The Cubs are known as "the North Siders", a reference to the location of Wrigley Field within the city of Chicago, and in contrast to the White Sox, whose home field (Guaranteed Rate Field) is located on the South Side.

The Cubs have multiple rivalries. There is a divisional rivalry with the St. Louis Cardinals, a newer rivalry with the Milwaukee Brewers and an interleague rivalry with the Chicago White Sox.

Extra innings

Extra innings is the extension of a baseball or softball game in order to break a tie.

Ordinarily, a baseball game consists of nine innings (in softball and high school baseball games there are typically seven innings; in Little League Baseball, six), each of which is divided into halves: the visiting team bats first, after which the home team takes its turn at bat. However, if the score remains tied at the end of the regulation number of complete innings, the rules provide that "play shall continue until (1) the visiting team has scored more total runs than the home team at the end of a completed inning; or (2) the home team scores the winning run in an uncompleted inning." (Since the home team bats second, condition (2) implies that the visiting team will not have the opportunity to score more runs before the end of the inning).

The rules of the game, including the batting order, availability of substitute players and pitchers, etc., remain intact in extra innings. Managers must display caution to avoid exhausting all their substitute players during regular innings, in case the game reaches extensive extra innings. The rules call for a forfeiture if a team is unable to field a full team of nine players.

History of the Colorado Rockies

The History of the Colorado Rockies began in 1991 when a Major League Baseball (MLB) expansion franchise for Denver, Colorado was granted to an ownership group headed by John Antonucci. In 1993, the Colorado Rockies started play in the National League (NL) West division. Since that date, the Rockies have reached the MLB postseason four times, each time as the National League wild card team. Twice (1995 and 2009) they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. In 2007, the Rockies advanced all the way to the World Series, only to be swept by the Boston Red Sox.

Kyle Freeland

Kyle Richard Freeland (born May 14, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played college baseball at Evansville and was drafted by the Rockies in the first round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft.

Scott Oberg

Scott Michael Oberg (born March 13, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Víctor Caratini

Víctor Manuel Caratini (born August 17, 1993) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball catcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). Listed at 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) and 215 pounds (98 kg), he throws right-handed and is a switch hitter.

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