Major League Baseball has suspended Dodgers infielder Chase Utley two games for his slide in the seventh inning of Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Saturday. Utley’s agent, Joel Wolfe, said in a statement that Utley will appeal the suspension.
Game 3 of the series is Monday at Citi Field. Utley should know by then whether or not he will be eligible to play. If he is not eligible, the Dodgers would be limited to 24 players for Games 3 and 4.
The Dodgers evened their National League Division Series with a 5-2 win over the New York Mets before a sold-out crowd on Saturday night. Dodger Stadium organist Nancy Bea Hefley, who is retiring after the season, might have played her final rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” but that’s not what you will remember about the seventh inning.
The game turned on a take-out slide at second base by Chase Utley that fractured Ruben Tejada‘s right fibula. The Dodgers scored one run on that play and three more after it. The half-inning ended about 33 minutes after it began. The sequence had the feel of Joe Kelly hitting Hanley Ramirez in the ribs to begin the 2013 National League Championship Series, in terms of its potential impact. Utley spoke to reporters after the game. So did the Mets, and they were pissed.
The photo gallery is here. The box score is here.
Zack Greinke pitched a dogged seven innings, writes columnist Mark Whicker.
A couple morning-after thoughts.
Chase Utley was playing for the Philadelphia Phillies in Sept. 2010 when he irked the Mets with a hard slide into Ruben Tejada — who broke his right fibula Saturday on another Utley slide into second.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was playing for the Mets that day five years ago. Saturday, he was asked for his thoughts on Utley as an opponent:
Live blog from Game 2 of the NLDS – your comments welcome.
New York Mets manager Terry Collins (10) and bench coach Bob Geren (15) watch Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Friday at Dodger Stadium. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
Rookie Michael Conforto will play left field in Game 2 of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium. For the Mets, it’s hardly a gamble at all. Conforto made his major league debut in July and went 4-for-4 in his second career game. The Dodgers ought to remember that one: They were on the losing end of that 15-2 decision.
Michael Cuddyer, who got the start in left field in Game 1, misplayed a pair of fly balls off his glove that resulted in doubles for Justin Turner and Corey Seager.
Here is the Mets’ full lineup against Dodgers starter Zack Greinke: