Dodgers take early 2-0 lead in NLDS Game 2, benefit from reviewed tag play

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The Dodgers pushed across the first run of NLDS Game 2 in the bottom of the third inning against the Cardinals against starter Lance Lynn. Catcher A.J. Ellis led off the inning with a double, and advanced to third base on Zack Greinke’s bloop single to shallow right field.

Dee Gordon went ahead 2-0, then fouled off four consecutive pitches from Lynn before grounding weakly to second baseman Kolten Wong. Wong fielded the ball and rushed towards Greinke to apply the tag before throwing the ball to first baseman Matt Adams in time to complete the double play, or so they thought.

The replay showed Wong tagging Greinke with an empty glove, as he had the baseball in his throwing hand in an attempt to hurry the throw. Manager Don Mattingly, after getting the go-ahead from bench coach Tim Wallach, asked the umpires to review the play. They did, and reversed the call based on the obvious evidence from the replay. Greinke went to second base with the Dodgers ahead 1-0. (The run scoring was never in question, as there were no outs with Gordon at the plate.)

The Dodgers took advantage of the call reversal. After Yasiel Puig struck out for the second out of the inning, Adrian Gonzalez ripped an RBI single to right-center field to score Greinke, putting the Dodgers up 2-0. Matt Kemp flied out to right field to end the inning.

We’re guessing that, even with Greinke on the mound, a two-run lead is far from comfortable for the Dodgers given what happened on Friday night.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.