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Utley’s Bush League Play Breaks Tejada’s Leg, Dodgers Tie Series

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Bush League play by Chase Utley breaks Ruben Tejada’s leg. (GREGORY BULL/AP)

There is not much that can be said about the Dodgers winning Game Two other than one play that changed the momentum.  This won’t be your typical recap of the game.  Am I biased because I am a Mets fan, only because the play was Bush League and if there are rules to protect the catcher than the neighborhood play goes into affect and Chase Utley should be out and his over the top slide should be banned. It’s obvious what happened and what the intent was.  And for a manager to use his challenge on that sort of play, then that has to also be looked at.

As for the game, the Mets scored two quick runs in the second inning on home runs from Yoenis Cespedes and rookie sensation Michael Conforto to put the Mets up 2-0.

On the mound both Zack Greinke and Noah Syndergaard were in control, nearly mimicking the performance from Clayton Kershaw and Jacob deGrom from game one.

In the fourth, Syndergaard gave a run back to the Dodgers when Justin Turner scored on a double by Andre Ethier to pull within 2-1.

But in the seventh, with one out and the most talked about play all over social media, Utley went into Ruben Tejada and didn’t attempt a slide and took out Tejeda while his back was turned and the result of the play was Utley breaking Tejada’s leg.

Utley never touched the bag, but Don Mattingly still chose to challenge the play and not honor the neighborhood play which is to protect the defensive player on such a play. No fight from Collins which has become the norm.

The Dodgers go on to score four runs in the inning and take a 5-2 lead.

Game three will be played in New York on Monday with the time to be determined.

Best Quote of the night:

Gary Sheffield on TBS, “If they don’t suspend Utley, he will have to deal with Matt Harvey“.

Top Performances

Mets

Curtis Granderson – 2 for 3
Yoenis Cespedes – 1 for 3, R, HR, RBI
Michael Conforto – 1 for 3, R, HR, RBI
Noah Syndergaard – 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 9 K

Dodgers
Adrian Gonzalez – 1 for 4, R, Double, 2 RBI
Justin Turner – 2 for 4, R, 2 Doubles, RBI
Zack Greinke – 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 8 K

David Conde

David Conde

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