NEW YORK -- As if Chase Utley hadn't alienated all of New York just from being a pesky Phillie, he sealed his stature on the city's enemies list last postseason with the slide that broke Ruben Tejada's leg in Game 2 of the National League Division Series.
So, as manager Dave Roberts said, it was "only fitting" that Utley briefly silenced the Citi Field crowd with a tying three-run double in the top of the ninth inning of a Friday night game the Dodgers would lose in the bottom of the frame on Curtis Granderson's walk-off homer, 6-5.
"With the expectations of this series, some of the things being said or written, he's kept an even keel," said Roberts. "To conduct those at-bats, every one professional. To have their closer [Jeurys] Familia throwing 97, 98 [mph], the bases loaded with two outs, the crowd on its feet, and to get a pitch to hit into the gap, it takes a special person to do that."
The crowd let Utley have it every at-bat. What was Utley expecting?
"About what happened," he said. "You always want to contribute, no matter who you're playing against or where you're playing. We have to move on to tomorrow. We battled down by four runs against one of the better closers, came back to almost win, that's a good sign."
Utley had already driven in the Dodgers' first run with a third-inning sacrifice fly and walked twice in four plate appearances before capping the tying rally that was turned around on reliever Pedro Baez's second pitch to Granderson.
"That happened awfully quick," said Roberts. "We go through [Mets starter Jacob] deGrom and we're pretty lifeless and crawl back into it, Chase gave us life and for it to turn so quickly, it was a tough one."