Chase Utley betrayed no emotion as he stood at first base. All around him, a ballpark shook and his fellow Dodgers exulted. His two-out RBI single pulled his team ahead in the eighth inning of a 6-5 victory, a result that tied the National League division series with Washington and ensured Game 5 on Thursday in Washington.
The go-ahead sequence explained the wonder of this Dodgers club, a group marred with flaws and brutalized by injuries, yet possessed with enough depth to overcome both deficiencies.
The man who scored the winning run, Andrew Toles, started the season in Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. The man who extended the rally with his first single of the playoffs, Andre Ethier, is playing on a partially broken leg. And Utley, the man who sent this series to a fifth game, is the second-oldest member of the roster.