Terrance Gore tries, fails to save Cubs season with fake hit by pitch

Tuesday’s National League Wild Card game between the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies was a doozy.

More than five hours after it started, the Rockies prevailed, 2-1 in 13 innings to advance to an NL Division Series matchup with the Milwaukee Brewers while ending the Cubs season in front of a dejected Wrigley Field crowd.

Terrance Gore not at home in the batter’s box

The Cubs didn’t fail to advance for a lack of trying. They scratched and clawed the entire game, including Terrance Gore’s last-ditch effort to act his way onto first base in the bottom of the 13th with the Cubs trailing, 2-1.

Gore, a little-used hitter on the team strictly for his speed, was in the game after pinch running for Anthony Rizzo on first base in the eighth inning. The move paid off when Gore stole second and eventually scored the game-tying run.

But he is a liability in the batter’s box, a player who tallied a grand total of five plate appearances this season while nabbing six stolen bases.

Gore saw an opportunity

When Rockies reliever Scott Oberg threw an inside fastball that missed catcher Tony Wolters’ glove and clipped home plate umpire Chris Guccione, Gore saw his chance to get on base. He flinched as if the pitch hit him, and he was granted first base, a destination he was unlikely to achieve with his bat.

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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02: Jon Lester #34 of the Chicago Cubs stands on the pitcher's mound in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies during the National League Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field on October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02: Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond (20) reacts after being called out on strikes in the 4th inning against Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester (34) at Wrigley Field in the NL West Wild Card playoff game October 02, 2018. Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras (40) at home plate during the play. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester works in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies in the National League Wild Card on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
The Chicago Cubs' Javier Baez strikes out to end the first inning against the Colorado Rockies in the National League Wild Card on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02: Jon Lester #34 of the Chicago Cubs reacts after striking out Matt Holliday #7 of the Colorado Rockies (not pictured) for the third out in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies during the National League Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field on October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02: David Dahl #26 of the Colorado Rockies is unable to catch a ball hit by Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs (not pictured) in the sixth inning during the National League Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field on October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 2: Albert Almora Jr. #5 # of the Chicago Cubs claps his hands during the seventh inning in the National League Wild Card game against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02: Terrance Gore #1 of the Chicago Cubs scores a run in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies after a RBI double by Javier Baez #9 (not pictured) during the National League Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field on October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 2: Javier Baez #9 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates after stealing third base during the eighth inning in the National League Wild Card game against the Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02: Wade Davis #71 of the Colorado Rockies pitches in the eighth inning against the Chicago Cubs during the National League Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field on October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02: Pedro Strop #46 of the Chicago Cubs celebrates with Anthony Rizzo #44 after striking out Ian Desmond #20 of the Colorado Rockies (not pictured) in the ninth inning during the National League Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field on October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02: Cole Hamels #35 of the Chicago Cubs stands on the pitcher's mound in the tenth inning against the Colorado Rockies during the National League Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field on October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez forces out the Colorado Rockies' Drew Butera (16) at second base in the eighth inning in the National League Wild Card on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02: Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Adam Ottavino (0) reacts after giving up a double RBI to Chicago Cubs shortstop Javier Baez (9) in the 8th inning to tie the game 1-1 at Wrigley Field during the NL West Wild Card playoff game October 02, 2018. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 2: DJ LeMahieu #9 of the Colorado Rockies catches a pop-up as Carlos Gonzalez #5 backs up the play during the 12th inning in the National League Wild Card game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 2: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies heads to third base during the 13th inning in the National League Wild Card game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates after scoring a run in the thirteenth inning to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead against the Chicago Cubs during the National League Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field on October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates after scoring a run in the thirteenth inning to give the Rockies a 2-1 lead against the Chicago Cubs during the National League Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field on October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02: The Colorado Rockies celebrate defeating the Chicago Cubs 2-1 in thirteen innings to win the National League Wild Card Game at Wrigley Field on October 2, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 02: Colorado Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon (24) and Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado (28) celebrate their 2-1 13 inning victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field during the NL West Wild Card playoff game October 02, 2018. (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
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Replay proves Rockies right

But Bud Black wasn’t buying it. The Rockies manager called for a replay, which showed definitively that the ball did not hit Gore. When ordered back to the batter’s box, Gore did not protest.

Gore swung at ball four on the next pitch on a 3-2 count for the first out of the inning. The Cubs would not score again.

Gore can’t be blamed for trying. It was a close call, and a pitch that would have hit him had he not dodged out of the way. But in the end, replay got things right.

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