In the biggest game of his young career, the Denver native put on a show-stopping performance at Wrigley Field that punched the Colorado Rockies' ticket to the NLDS in an extra-innings, 2-1 win over the Cubs in the NL Wild Card game on Tuesday night.
For the second time in as many days a Cubs opponent celebrated at Wrigley Field. "It's unfortunate it ended up in this manner". "In 2018, I'd say fans were (ticked) that we were in the wild-card game".
Freeland, who lost his only start against the Cubs (3-2 in April), allowed only four hits, all singles, and one walk.
Freeland, a 17-game victor for the Rockies this year, got the best of it for 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
This one lasted 4 hours, 55 minutes, and had pretty much everything, too. "We'll be ready to go come February whatever the date is".More news: Emery hails Cech after Everton clean sheet
More news: David Smith: Combine Brexit and Labour for the scariest of nightmares
More news: ConCourt decriminalises private dagga use, rules current act is unconstitutional
"At the end of the day, coming down the stretch I felt like we played good baseball", Lester said. "Even when we're struggling, we are the head of everybody".
Ian Happ got to second in the sixth inning on a walk and a one-out single by Kris Bryant. The 34-year-old won two World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2007 and 2013 as the ace of their staff and also has experienced plenty of early exits.
Nolan Arenado, who drove in 110 runs during the regular season, then delivered Blackmon with a deep sacrifice fly. But Heyward struck out swinging.
After the double, Lester retired 18 of the final 21 batters he faced, including seven more strikeouts.
As the Cubs were playing the Cardinals on Sunday, trying to force a Game 163 against the Brewers, Joe Maddon brought in Carl Edwards Jr.to try to hold down what was already a huge lead.