ARLINGTON, Texas — Clayton Kershaw isn’t the one completed Dodgers pitcher with a historical past of shaky Octobers. Kenley Jansen added to his imperfect résumé Saturday night time with what his supervisor Dave Roberts referred to as “an un-perfect storm.”
Jansen took the loss within the 8-7 Rays victory, with World Collection Recreation 4 ending in some of the illogical sequences you’ll ever see. And no matter slack you needed to chop Jansen on the pitches he threw, a failure to do his job on protection led to his membership’s demise.
“We will’t let this one beat us,” Jansen mentioned afterward, repeating what he mentioned was mentioned within the group’s clubhouse at Globe Life Area. “We’ve been right here earlier than. We’ve received to go and regroup shortly, come and play baseball [Sunday]. We all know who we’re. We all know what we’re able to.”
The 33-year-old Jansen is a three-time All-Star and one of many highest-paid closers within the recreation. Within the World Collection, nonetheless, he now has blown 4 saves in six alternatives.
On this one, coming into within the ninth inning to guard a 7-6 lead, he noticed Kevin Kiermaier attain on a one-out, broken-bat single. With two outs, he walked the ultra-dangerous Randy Arozarena, advancing the tying run Kiermaier to scoring place. Then he received two strikes on the little-used Brett Phillips earlier than seeing him stroke a tender single to right-center discipline.
“I didn’t surrender one onerous hit,” Jansen mentioned. “I threw the pitches the place I needed to. Credit score to the hitters. A broken-bat single and a bloop single.”
Ah, however Dodgers heart fielder Chris Taylor let Phillips’ single get away from him, after which set forth a loopy chain of occasions: Arozarena, despatched residence, fell between third base and the plate. Dodgers catcher Will Smith by some means couldn’t seize the relay from first baseman Max Muncy. And Jansen basically watched the play as an alternative of placing himself ready to assist. Had he been backing up Smith, he might have bailed out his catcher and tagged out Arozarena.
Roberts mentioned that Jansen ought to have been between third and residential, “someplace in that space.”
Jansen, pressed about his positioning, mentioned, “It doesn’t matter. [Sunday’s] one other day.”
One other day for Jansen to attempt to enhance his World Collection report and assist finish his group’s Fall Basic drought.