Utley’s Bush League Play Breaks Tejada’s Leg, Dodgers Tie Series
Dodgers tie series as momentum changes after Utley Non-Slide.
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.
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:
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
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