But nothing prepared them for this night, or a game filled with pain, pleasure and heart palpitations, both real and feigned by Murphy himself.
After Javier Baez's game-tying double in the eighth created a seismic event at the ballpark, the Cubs and Rockies battled into extra innings before the Rockies prevailed 2-1 in 13 innings.
The game-winning hit was delivered by Tony Wolters, who had an RBI single in the 13th inning that scored Trevor Story.
The crowd of 40,151 was juiced from the outset, giving the ballpark a playoff atmosphere one day after Cubs fans let their counterparts from Wisconsin outshout them in a 3-1 loss to the Brewers in the tiebreaker game. The first two games will be played on FS1. If we do that, there's no team that can beat us, and they know that, so that's why they run their mouth a lot, because they know we're the best. "Even when we're struggling, we are the head of everybody". Terrance Gore tried to sell that he was hit by a pitch, but was sent back to the plate after a review confirmed the initial call. Here is the 25-man roster for tonight's game from the Cubs.
Chicago will trot out its veteran southpaw to start as Jon Lester will toe the rubber on Tuesday night. The Rockies were in this very same game last season and lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-8.
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On Saturday, authorities were still having difficulties coordinating rescue efforts. "Don't even think to find the inmates". About 17,000 people had been evacuated, the government disaster agency said and that number was expected to soar.
Getting a little nervous, Cubs fans?
Tuesday night's National League Wild Card game will begin at 6 p.m. (Mountain time) and will be televised by ESPN.
Now they had a chip on their collective shoulders the size of a '68 Impala, and a chance to show everyone what they were made of.
"We've got to stop worrying about other teams", he said. It will be the first-ever postseason meeting between the two franchises. Manager Joe Maddon said they would be available out of the bullpen. He kept it going in the postseason.
This game becomes an instant October classic.
The Cubs will have to do some serious soul-searching to find out why the offense disappeared at the most critical time of the year, including having the bases loaded in the seventh only to see pinch-hitter Jason Hayward strike out against a wild Adam Ottavino after a catcher's interference set the Cubs up. Although I might normally lean toward the former, I'm going with the latter in this case, not only because of Edwards' extreme wildness problems, but also because Sunday's appearance marked the lowest velocity of his career (he averaged under 93 mph), and continued a trend in that direction since mid-August.
The allegations form the basis of Mayorga's claims of coercion and fraud, racketeering and civil conspiracy, and abuse of process. Ronaldo's representatives denied the rape allegations when German publication Der Spiegel first reported them in 2017.
In 1985, the then chief justice had upheld the validity of the adultery law. "A husband is not the master of his wife". Women having affairs could not be prosecuted, but they also couldn't file a complaint against cheating husbands.
In a statement, Stuart Parsons Jr., the owner of BSR Cable Park, said his "hearts and prayers" are with Stabile's family. Stabile is believed to have contracted Naegleria fowleri during a visit to the BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas .
Trump tweeted a picture of ads placed in the Des Moines Register that he described as "propaganda ads...made to look like news". Only under the guise of foreign interference do the American people feel that they need someone like Trump.
Around 330 law enforcement officer from local police to the Federal Bureau of Investigation have been searching the park . Investigators are still seeking to understand if criminality was involved or if Maddox's disappearance was an accident.
The company is led by Jeff Bezos , who is the world's richest man with a net worth of $150 billion, according to Forbes. Employees who already make $15 an hour will also receive a raise, but Amazon didn't quantify it.
Trudeau tweeted he reached out to the chief executives leading Canada's Big Five banks to "touch base on NAFTA negotiations". The Canadian dollar surged to its highest since May against the USA dollar, gaining around 0.5 percent from Friday's close.
Tesla in recent years has become one of the most valuable American auto maker, with its stock worth more than $50 billion. The settlement, reached on Saturday, comes after Musk initially rejected the charges, claiming they were "unjustified" .
A South Pacific airline announced Monday that a passenger died when a plane crashed into a Pacific lagoon in Micronesia last week. All 35 passengers and 12 crew members were saved, though the water levels had reached waist-height before help arrived.
His regained form has drawn more viewers this year, but whether he'll help thwart the sport's decline remains to be seen. He said the last hole was a "blur", and it remains the last Ryder Cup that both Molinari and Woods played.
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The couple have five children together - Randhir Kapoor, Ritu Kapoor Nanda, Rishi Kapoor , Rima Kapoor Jain and Rajiv Kapoor. She further added, "In our long conversations, Raj-ji often spoke about Krishna-ji and all she had brought into his life".
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I think it makes no difference to us at all. "It would always be great playing Poults", Reed said, not backing down at all. He failed to win a match in his most recent Ryder Cup , going 0-3-1 at Medinah when Europe rallied to win on the last day.