"You come out of the game there and Terrance Gore scores, he steals a base - you can't really question it", said Rizzo, who was seen telling Maddon "no, no, no, no" at the time.
After the Rockies strung together three two-out singles in the 13th inning against Kyle Hendricks and took the lead, the Cubs called on former Royal Jorge De La Rosa, who got the final out to end the inning.
Freeland, a 17-game victor for the Rockies this year, got the best of it for 6 2/3 scoreless innings.
Gore instead faced a 3-2 count and struck out, and so did Baez and Almora, ending the game.
No team in the National League piled up more victories than the Chicago Cubs through 162 games. Just over 40,000 fans packed Wrigley Field to watch 15 total pitchers take the mound to face 30 total batters, who made 102 total plate appearances - only three of which yielded runs.
Given that ESPN is broadcasting the Wild Card Game, we think they probably should have known this before.
They certainly competed. Hitting was another thing.
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.
After Lester walked Charlie Blackmon on five pitches, DJ LeMahieu belted a ground-rule double into the ivy in left-center, sending Blackmon to third.
Zobrist had a single in six at-bats for the Cubs, while Gore was 0 for 2 with the stolen base and a run scored.