Giants-Nationals NLDS Game 2 headed into the 18th inning

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The second game of the NLDS between the Giants and the Nationals is now in the 18th inning, becoming the second-longest playoff game in playoff baseball history. Game 4 of the 2005 NLDS between the Astros and Braves, won on a one-out walk-off home run from Chris Burke in the bottom of the 18th, was the only playoff game to go longer.

A long time ago, the game appeared to be in the bag for starter Jordan Zimmermann and the Nationals, but the Giants rallied with two outs in the ninth to tie the game at 1-1, and the game has remained scoreless ever since.

Yusmeiro Petit has pitched six shutout innings of relief for the Giants, following scoreless frames from Sergio Romo, Jeremy Affeldt, and Santiago Casilla once it got into extra innings.

On the Nats’ side, they got scoreless extra-inning relief from Tyler Clippard, Matt Thornton, Jerry Blevins, Craig Stammen (three innings), Rafael Soriano, and Tanner Roark. Roark is back on the mound for the start of the 18th inning.

Tyson Ross opts out of 2020 season

Tyson Ross opts out
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On Monday, Nationals pitcher Joe Ross became one of four players to opt out of the 2020 season due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday, Joe’s brother Tyson Ross opted out of the 2020 season as well, per Jon Heyman.

Ross, 33, is currently a free agent. He racked up 35 1/3 disappointing innings for the Tigers last year, posting a 6.11 ERA with 25 strikeouts and 18 walks.

Mike Leake, Ryan Zimmerman, and Ian Desmond are the three other players to have opted out of the 2020 season thus far. None of these players are considered “high risk,” so they are forgoing their salaries and service time.