The Dodgers got the 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday night. The veterans were in the spotlight for Los Angeles as Russell Martin, David Freese, and Justin Turner all hit home runs en route to victory. Moreover, Kenley Jansen earned the save, but once again it was not an easy one. He allowed a run on 1 hit and 1 walk, getting some boo birds along the way from the Dodger faithful.
In fact, it reportedly got a little worse than only boos…
Chants of "We Want Kelly!" break out at the Ravine.#Dodgers
— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) September 4, 2019
…nevertheless, Jansen secured the win, which is what he gets paid for.
After the game, manager Dave Roberts was once again asked to answer some uncomfortable questions about his veteran closer.
With Kenley I thought there were some good throws, but you can’t have that walk right there. That’s something that… we’ve looked at his success and the strikeout versus the walk ratio is significant. And right there, you get a leadoff out — and the walk right there… we’ve got to get past that.
Kenley has been scored upon in 4 of his last 6 outings and his season ERA now sits at a career high 3.86 in 53 games in 2019. And now, the expectation from Dave is that his closer start commanding the baseball better.
Kenley made pitches when he needed to, but when you don’t command the baseball like you’re expected to, then it’s just hard to put guys away. But it was a save, and hopefully it’s something he can build on.
With the win, the magic number to clinch a playoff spot fell to 5, but the fear in the minds of the fan base is still ever present in the 9th inning with a lead.
Am i the only one cringing on every pitch?
The sound of the bats ain't helping!
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) September 4, 2019