Chase Utley may be getting up there in years for a ballplayer, but even if his legs aren’t what they once were, hustle doesn’t age.
Thanks to a Justin Turner injury which moved Logan Forsythe to third base, Utley got the start at second. In the ninth inning, with the Dodgers holding a slim, 1-0 lead, Utley drew a leadoff walk. Following a Yasiel Puig fly out and a Scott Van Slyke strikeout, Andrew Toles came to bat. Toles struck out as well, but strike three got away from Willson Contreras.
As it was a full count with two down, Utley was obviously running with the pitch. Contreras threw the ball away trying to retire Toles at first. Utley kept running. And running. And running. Scoring from first on a bloody strikeout. Watch:
Not bad, old man. Not bad at all.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig‘s one-game suspension has been rescinded. Instead, he will make a charitable donation. The alternative “punishment” was agreed to by Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association.
Puig was suspended one game two weeks ago after flipping off some hecklers at Progressive Field in Cleveland. Puig showed remorse after the game, saying, “I stooped to their level.”
Entering Tuesday night’s action, Puig was batting .251/.331/.458 with 14 home runs and 41 RBI in 287 plate appearances.
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre picked a good time to hit his 450th home run. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the ninth inning, Beltre took the first pitch he saw from closer Cody Allen for a ride, sending it into the left field seats at Progressive Field to break the tie.
The Rangers would go on to win 2-1. Beltre finished 2-for-4. He now has 2,969 career hits, leaving him 31 shy of becoming the 31st member of the 3,000 hit club.
On the season, Beltre is hitting .303/.373/.562 with five home run sand 22 RBI in 102 plate appearances.