The reserve catcher came up with runners at the corners and drove in Trevor Story with a two-strike hit back up the middle off losing pitcher Kyle Hendricks, quieting the crowd of 40,151 on a crisp fall night.
The Brewers would return to Milwaukee from Chicago with the division title and home-field advantage for the first game of the NLDS Thursday, Oct. 4.
The former Red Sox pitcher won two World Series' with the Red Sox and one with the Cubs in 2016. Sure, the Colorado Rockies, who hadn't made it past the wild-card game in this decade, slayed the beast that was the Cubs, who ran out of steam and failed to live up to expectations in an uncharacteristically early postseason exit. His removal in the sixth had nothing to do with his performance (he'd permitted three baserunners in five innings) or pitch count (86) and everything to do with his lineup's inability to scratch Kyle Freeland.
The Cubs needed to generate some offense tonight if they were to have any real chance of winning their Wild Card matchup against the Colorado Rockies.
Starting on three days' rest for the first time in the pros, Freeland struck out six in 6 2/3 scoreless innings. Lester struck out nine and walked one.
That one run looked as if it might hold up as Freeland cruised into the seventh. With two outs, he came on as a pinch runner and stole second. In what should be of no surprise to Cubs fans, Davis showed little emotion as he left the mound. "I think this will go down as a Major League Baseball classic".