The Cubs have won at least 92 regular-season games and made the playoffs in each of Maddon's four seasons, finally ending their 108-year World Series title drought in 2016. But Heyward struck out swinging.
2018 was probably Maddon's best work as Cubs manager given all he and the team had to endure and the players vehemently backed their skipper (link:https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/cubs/after-earliest-playoff-exit-joe-maddon-era-cubs-players-praise-their-oft-criticized-manager).
The Rockies only scored two runs ... but it was enough it reinforced what got the Rockies to this point.
Once the last out was recorded and the Rockies' tickets to Milwaukee stamped (they'll take on the quietly powerful Brewers beginning Thursday, October 4), the Cubs faithful went straight to their phones and began tapping out messages of pain and remorse. And yet, the Cubs won't even be playing in a postseason series.
Terrance Gore quickly stole second place, and the Cubs' MVP this year, Javy Baez, delivered his biggest hit of the week - a legged-out double to center to score Gore easily.
Lester stranded LeMahieu at third base, then allowed only three more hits - including doubles by Matt Holliday and Story - before leaving for a pinch hitter in the last of the sixth, still down just 1-0. Strop has not pitched since September 13. Of course not, as of the 50 Cubs batters who came to the plate, only 11 reached base.
You certainly get nervous when you hear about a pitcher's forearm, because of its connection to the elbow. Daniel Murphy was intentionally walked and Baez got tagged out by Arenado on Willson Contreras' grounder to third. But if Gore were to get on by drawing a walk (or being hit by a pitch), it's almost a foregone conclusion that he moves himself into scoring position.