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.
A couple morning-after thoughts.