Giants tie NLCS Game 2 in the ninth when Matt Duffy scores on a ball four wild pitch

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We should be used to this by now, no? The late comebacks, the weird baseball happenings. Baseball got weird in the top of the ninth when Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal attempted to close out a 4-3 win for the Cardinals in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Giants.

Rosenthal was quickly in hot water. After striking out Brandon Crawford to begin the frame, pinch-hitter Andrew Susac and Juan Perez hit back-to-back singles. Following Susac’s single, he was pinch-run for by Matt Duffy. This is an important detail. Rosenthal got Gregor Blanco on a hard line drive to shortstop Jhonny Peralta, allowing the closer to see light at the end of the tunnel. It could have been an inning-ending double play, but the speedy Duffy was able to get back to second base; Peralta didn’t even bother attempting to double him off.

Rosenthal got ahead of Joe Panik 0-2, but the rookie worked the count full. With two outs and a full count, Duffy and Perez were running on the pitch. Rosenthal spiked a fastball in the dirt, which got away from catcher Tony Cruz (who replaced Yadier Molina following an oblique injury in the sixth inning). Duffy never stopped running. He wheeled around third, barreling towards home plate to score ahead of Cruz’s throw to Rosenthal covering the plate. Rosenthal then walked Buster Posey to load the bases before departing in favor of Seth Maness. Maness got Sandoval on a 1-3 ground out to end the inning.

NLCS Game 2 is headed into the bottom of the ninth with a 4-4 tie.

Anthony Rizzo to wear walking boot for five to seven days

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Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo suffered what appeared to be an awful injury during Sunday’s game against the Pirates, twisting his ankle while attempting to field a bunt. An MRI revealed that he has a lateral sprain of his right ankle, Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Rizzo will wear a walking boot for five to seven days before being reevaluated.

Given that there are only two weeks left in the regular season, it seems doubtful Rizzo would be able to return to aid the Cubs’ NL Wild Card chase. The club entered Monday leading the second Wild Card by a game over the Brewers.

Rizzo, 30, is batting .289/.404/.516 with 26 home runs, 93 RBI, and 88 runs scored in 592 plate appearances on the year. Victor Caratini started at first base for Monday’s game against the Reds. The Cubs may also use Ian Happ, Willson Contreras, and Jonathan Lucroy at first base while Rizzo is out.