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.

Report: Joe Girardi withdraws from consideration as Reds’ next manager

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Former Yankees skipper Joe Girardi has reportedly withdrawn his name for consideration in the Reds’ managerial search, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Per Rosenthal, Girardi was considered the frontrunner for the position, but elected to keep his current gig as an MLB Network analyst for the foreseeable future.

The 54-year-old skipper holds a lifetime 988-794 record in 11 years with the Marlins and Yankees. He cut his teeth on the Marlins’ 2006 season, during which the team skidded to a fourth-place finish in the NL East, then helped the Yankees to 10 consecutive winning records and a World Series title. While Mark Feinsand of MLB.com adds that Girardi “absolutely wants to manage again,” it’s unclear when and with whom he might choose to do so.

Without Girardi, the Reds still have several candidates left in play, not the least of whom is retired MLB third baseman David Bell. Bell previously served as the Reds’ Double-A and Triple-A manager from 2008-2012 and racked up a cumulative 227-332 record during that span. His resume also includes several coaching positions with the Cubs and Cardinals, and most recently, a role as VP of player development for the Giants in 2018. As Rosenthal points out, however, the 46-year-old coach is hardly a lock for a managerial spot with the Reds, as he’s also made a strong impression on the Blue Jays, Rangers, and Giants this fall.