This past Saturday night the Dodgers took the field against the Mets trailing the series 1-0. The Mets jumped out to an early lead with two solo home runs in the 2nd inning. In the bottom of the 7th inning the Dodgers found themselves down 2-1 with runners on 1st and 3rd with 1 out. Howie Kendrick was up and hit a soft line drive up the middle, it was then fielded by David Murphy who flipped it to his shortstop, Ruben Tejada, and then all hell broke loose.
When Tejada got the ball and touched 2nd he turned around to throw it to first to try and get the double play, but then Chase Utley slid into him to try and break up the double play and ended up doing more than that. Utley ended up not only breaking up the double play, but ended up also breaking Tejada’s leg. You’re always taught to break up a double play and with the game being in such a crucial time he did everything he could to make sure Tejada wouldn’t turn the double play. To add salt to the Mets wound, Mattingly challenged the play saying that Tejada never touched 2nd base, and he was right.
Now Dodgers had a runners on 1st and 2nd with 1 out and had just tied the game at 2. The next batter got out making it the 2nd out of the inning instead of the 3rd, and sure enough the extra out killed the Mets as Adrian Gonzales hit a go ahead 2 run double. The Dodgers would go on to win the game 5-2 and tie the series 1-1.
The talk after the game wasn’t about the Dodgers victory it was about Utley’s slide into 2nd base. The slide looked very bad and Utley did slide late, but Utley was just trying to break up the double play. He had no idea that Tejada was going to turn around the way he did which just made the timing of Utley’s slide even worse. The MLB decided to suspend Utley for 2 games and I believe baseball felt like they had to do something. Not only did that play tie the game and eventually lead to the go ahead runs for the Dodgers, but it also ended the season for the Mets starting shortstop. Everyone has had different opinions about the incident, but what do you think? Was it dirty? Or was it clean? Should Utley be suspended at all? Let us know!