It was a rough time to be a Dodgers fan on Saturday night. Playing in Game 4 of the World Series, Los Angeles had every opportunity to take a 3-1 lead heading into Game 5 over the Rays. Instead, they handed over the lead multiple times and the series is now tied up.
While it’s frustrating to let a game like that get away from you, the more frustrating part came on the final play of the game. Kenley Jansen had allowed a soft contact single and a walk that put the winning run on. Brett Phillips bloop hit drove in both, but only because the Dodgers kicked the ball around in the outfield and at home plate.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the part that fans had the toughest time with. On the replay, Kenley can be seen dropping to his knees on the hit, watching the ball go to the outfield. He then walked over to the third baseline rather than back up Will Smith at home, where pitchers are traditionally supposed to go on that play. The Dodgers’ closers’ comments after the game were much more infuriating for fans.
This was the second time during the press conference that Kenley was asked about the play. His first answer wasn’t exactly clear, but he essentially said that he was looking for where he was supposed to be on the play.
To not back up the play is one thing, but to dismiss it entirely in the postgame press conference is a tough pill to swallow for fans. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts later tried to say that he didn’t see where Kenley was during the play, but that he should have been around the third base line.