Chase Utley is oldest in 60 years to score go-ahead run in a World Series elimination game
However, the Dodgers found some life when
The 38-year-old had been held hitless since Sept. 30, a string of 29 at-bats, and he hadn't even started Game 6. Nonetheless, he hung with Verlander until he caught a break on an errant pitch:
Verlander's offering skipped up and hit Utley, putting runners on first and second.
The Dodgers capitalized on the opportunity, as
That second run earned Utley a small bit of history:
Yes, it had been 60 years since a player as old as Utley had put his team in front in such a pivotal matchup.
The last man to do so, Enos Slaughter, was extremely talented too, having been inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1985. At age 41, he was actually even older than Utley when he scored the first run of Game 6 of the 1957 World Series, thanks to a two-run blast from fellow Fall Classic veteran Yogi Berra.
What can we say? Even Silver Foxes have wheels.
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Andrew Mearns is a writer for Cut4 whose baseball obsession was born from the shattered dreams of Mike Mussina's perfect game attempt in 2001. He has a startling memory of World Series highlights that barely functions as a party trick.