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.
Update (12:58 AM ET): Per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Samardzija has been diagnosed with a strained pectoral muscle. He’ll be shut down for a week. That’s good news for the Giants, considering the alternatives.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.