Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021
For the second consecutive night, Kenley Jansen blew a crucial save, causing the Los Angeles Dodgers to lose the San Francisco Giants 5-to-3. Now, the Dodgers trail the Giants by three games.
Without Mookie Bets and Corey Seager, the Dodgers would struggle against any good pitching staff. Chris Taylor, Max Muncy, and Justin Taylor linked three singles together for a run in the first, and Will Smith had a two-run homer in the fourth inning.
Despite allowing a run in the first, Walker Buehler was magnificent for 7.1 innings, using his breaking pitches more than normally. He struck out nine. Blake Treinen came in and finished the eighth inning perfectly.
While the first-base umpire missed a call and Sheldon Neuse should have stretched on a forced out at second base, Jansen allowed too much traffic. If he dominated the opposition as he has done since 2010, the Dodgers would have won the game.
Unless Jansen regains his dominance quickly, Dodger president Andrew Friedman must look for another reliever with closing experience.