Jansen’s Blown Save Cost the Dodgers Big Time

Wednesday, 07/21/21
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2021

The Los Angeles Dodgers missed an opportunity to tie the San Francisco Giants for the first place in the National League Western Division when Kenley Jansen blew a potential save. The Dodgers lost to the Giants 4-to-2.

With Mookie Betts nursing a sore hip and Justin Turner having a bruised knee, the Dodgers are not expected to score much. Chris Taylor led off the game with a home run. AJ Pollock’s double scored Cody Bellinger after the Giants botched a double play.

Julio Urías pitched seven magnificent innings allowing only a solo home run by Mike Yastrzemski. Unlike most of the 2021 season, Urías could use his fastball along with his other pitches to fool the Giants. Blake Treinen pitched a perfect eighth inning.

Since the All-Star break, Kenley Jansen has not had any control that led to two blown saves. This was crucial one, and if the Dodgers do not win their ninth consecutive National League Western Division title, Dodger fans will look back on Wednesday’s game as when the Dodgers lost their division. Unless Jansen finds his proper mechanics, Dodger president Andrew Friedman must trade for a closer. The Chicago Cubs probably have Craig Kimbrel available.

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