The Dodgers had the Giants right where they wanted them on Wednesday night in Los Angeles. Julio Urias held the hated ones to just 1 run over 7 innings of work and Los Angeles had their 2 biggest arms ready to go out of the bullpen.
Blake Treinen held up his end of the deal by pitching a clean 8th. But when the Dodgers brought in Kenley Jansen to shut it down, the wheels fell off. Jansen served up a single to pinch hitter Buster Posey to lead off the inning and gave up a 2-run home run to Wilmer Flores to give the Giants the lead.
Kenley could not get out of the inning.
When Dave Roberts came out to pull him with the bases loaded, Dodgers fans let Kenley know how they felt. Booing rained down from the top deck and reserve level, resounding all across Chavez Ravine. As one could expect, Doc wasn’t a fan of that happening.
It does bother me. This guy is a lifelong Dodger. To start, the fans certainly have a right to voice their frustrations. Absolutely I get that. But I do believe that this guy, born and raised as a Dodger. No one hurts more than he does to be quite honest.
To Dave’s point, fans certainly have the right to let someone know when they’re unhappy. But Kenley has also been among the game’s elite this year. Without him, the Dodgers are in a much worse position in the standings.
He’s worked very hard to get back and should have been an All-Star this year. He’s had a fantastic season. There was a hiccup the other night. he was looking forward to pitching at home. So to have that not gone well, yeah I’m disappointed to hear that. He’s not going to say it, but I am.
So while Dodgers fans were obviously frustrated with the performance, Dave certainly doesn’t believe he was deserving of the boos. He’s going to be the closer for at least the rest of the year, so all we can do now is hope for the best.
The Dodgers and Giants play one more game tonight in Los Angeles.