Giants tie NLDS Game 2 in the ninth, go-ahead run denied on reviewed play at the plate

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Jordan Zimmermann was nearly untouchable deep into the ninth inning. The right-hander, who no-hit the Marlins to end his regular season, limited the Giants to just three singles and was on his way to tossing a “Maddux” — a complete game shutout on fewer than 100 pitches (hat tip to @JasonLukehart for coining the term).

One out away from the shutout, Zimmermann walked Giants second baseman Joe Panik on five pitches, his first walk of the evening. Rather than let his starter finish the job, Nationals manager Matt Williams decided to bring in closer Drew Storen. Storen was lights out in the final month of the season after usurping the closer’s role from the struggling Rafael Soriano. Storen, however, last pitched in the post-season in Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS, when he allowed four runs in an inning of work against the Cardinals.

Storen was greeted with a single to left-center by Buster Posey, moving the tying run into scoring position. Shortly thereafter, Pablo Sandoval sliced a line drive down the left field line, easily allowing Panik to score. Posey was in overdrive, so third base coach Tim Flannery decided to send Posey home. Left fielder Bryce Harper relayed the throw into shortstop Ian Desmond, who fired home to catcher Wilson Ramos. Ramos applied the tag to Posey, it appeared, just before his foot touched the plate. Home plate umpire Vic Carapazza ruled Posey out, ending the inning.

The play, however, was reviewed. It was very, very close, but the tag did indeed appear to have been applied to Posey just in the nick of time. Further, the umpires need to see overwhelming evidence in order to overturn the initial ruling, and there wasn’t any, it was that close.

Sergio Romo took the hill for the Giants in the bottom half of the ninth. He set Desmond, Harper, and Ramos down in order to send Game 2 of the NLDS into extra innings, which is incredible considering the Nationals were one out away from evening up the series.

The 2014 post-season is crazy, folks.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”