Update: 11:08 MT
GAME OVER! ROCKIES WIN! BREWERS NEXT!
Update: 10:53 MT
Tony Wolters(!) singles in a run in the thirteenth, and the Rockies lead it 2-1!
Update: 10:42 MT
This game is headed to the thirteenth inning, and it is now the longest elimination game in MLB history. Time to pound a Red Bull and maybe, maybe, watch the Rockies score a run or four.
Update: 10:16 MT
Bizarre thing in the eleventh inning. The Cubs had two runners on with one out, and a ground ball went to Nolan Arenado at third base. He picked up the grounder and tagged out Javier Báez at third base. But while doing so, Báez hugged Arenado. All good and fun for baseball, but the ball was live! Bud Black came out to ask questions, but no changes to the play.
Update: 9:33 MT
Update: 9:28 MT
The situation: Ninth inning, tie game, runner in scoring position. Ian Desmond is up, the count is 1-2, and he strikes out looking on this pitch.
Ian Desmond frozen on a pitch down the middle pic.twitter.com/jiNntmXXSe— Daren Willman (@darenw) October 3, 2018
Update: 9:08 MT
And it’s tied. Javier Báez, facing Adam Ottavino in his second inning of work, doubled in Terrence Gore to tie the game 1-1. There’s still baseball left, and the Rockies are not, contrary to the way that run felt, losing.
Adam Ottavino didn't allow a hit on an 0-2 pitch in the regular season— Mark Simon (@MarkASimonSays) October 3, 2018
0-for-36 against him ...
I'm gonna start a hashtag #onlyinOctober
Update: 8:39 MT
This was how Kyle Freeland reacted when the Cubs loaded the bases due to a catcher’s interference.
Kyle Freeland is all of us pic.twitter.com/5Kd83Tku9k— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) October 3, 2018
Tommy LaStella was at the plate. That was the fourth time this season he reached due to catcher’s interference, which was the most in baseball.
BUT, there’s a but. Adam Ottavino was able to strike out Jason Heyward to end the inning.
Rockies up 1-0 still. Six outs to go.
Update: 8:27 MT
Kyle Freeland is finished after 6 2⁄3 truly outstanding innings — four hits, no runs, one walk, and six strikeouts. He did what the Rockies needed. Adam Ottavino is on to pitch.
Oh yeah, and SCORE SOME RUNS PLEASE!
Update: 8:18 MT
Ian Desmond singled in the seventh. That’s good!
Ian Desmond attempted to advance to second on a fly ball to left field and got thrown out. That’s bad.
sooooo clooooooooose— SB Nation MLB (@SBNationMLB) October 3, 2018
but nope pic.twitter.com/wWbkJX8iMB
Update: 8:08 MT
That was close. With a runner on first and one out, Kris Bryant popped up to right-fielder David Dahl. Except Dahl overran the ball and Bryant ended up safe at first base. It was an extremely catchable ball.
BUT, there’s a but. Kyle Freeland induced a double play to end the inning. Rockies up 1-0, heading to the seventh.
It’s about time to take note that Kyle Freeland is pitching a dang shutout in the Wild Card Game. Things are going well! Let’s just score some runs. Here’s some inspiration from Kyle:
Kyle Freeland, Messing with Timing/Leg Hang Variations (two pitch overlay). pic.twitter.com/kHxTExrnlT— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 3, 2018
Update, 7:22 MT
Matt Holliday hit a double! It’s like old times!
(If only he wasn’t stranded at second base.)
1-0 Rockies heading to the bottom of the third.
Update, 7:14 MT
Still 1-0 Rockies after three. Kyle Freeland is cruising so far. Here’s a look at what Cubs hitters are having to deal with tonight.
Kyle Freeland, 89mph Cutter and 94mph Fastball, Overlay. pic.twitter.com/DbOctjX8Xo— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 3, 2018
Update, 6:56 MT
No scoring in the second inning, just more Kyle Freeland-ness. 1-0 Rockies after two.
Kyle Freeland gives up a leadoff single, but he escapes the inning without giving up a run. Let’s hope this comes to pass:
When Kyle Baptized America Into Kyle Freeland Guyism https://t.co/XnEsUtMsya— Hayden Ringer (@hjrrockies) October 3, 2018
Update, 6:24 MT
The Rockies scored a run in the first inning and lead the Wild Card game. DJ LeMahieu maybe probably should have gotten an RBI after hitting a double that got sucked up by the ivy and left Charlie Blackmon on third base. Nolan Arenado drove him home with a sacrifice fly.
Update, 5:52 MT
Lineups! Almost game time! Please don’t be like last year!
Also, I love that the Rockies went with the purple tops tonight.
Update, 3:12 MT
The Rockies have arrived.
Greetings, Rockies fan and/or internet stranger, and welcome to the second annual Purple Row NL Wild Card Game Live Blog. It is a tradition unlike any other.
The Rockies and Cubs face off tonight at 6:00 pm MT on ESPN (and ESPN2 for a StatCast-themed broadcast) for the chance to face off against the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series beginning Thursday at 3:07 pm MT.
Both teams will send their ace lefties to the hill. Kyle Freeland gets the ball for the Rockies while Jon Lester makes his 22nd postseason start, 11th with the Cubbies. Here are the lineups, both featuring a lot of right-handed hitters. We’ll be back ahead of first pitch.