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For years, the Los Angeles Dodgers knew that if they could just get a lead to the ninth inning, Kenley Jansen was waiting to jog in from the bullpen to close things out. After Jansen struggled through yet another appearance Wednesday, the formula for manager Dave Roberts is no longer so simple.
Jansen entered Game 2 of the National League Division Series to get the final three outs against the San Diego Padres with the Dodgers leading 6-3. Los Angeles managed to hang on for a 6-5 win, but it was Joe Kelly, not Jansen, who earned the save.
Jansen started by striking out Padres outfielder Wil Myers with a fastball, but then he gave up a sharp single to Jake Cronenworth and an RBI double to Mitch Moreland, which trimmed the Dodgers’ lead to two runs. Austin Nola fouled out, but a Trent Grisham single plated Moreland and brought Roberts to the mound to pull his longtime closer.
Asked if Jansen would continue to close games, Roberts said, “I’m gonna keep thinking through it. I thought there were some good throws in there.”
“There wasn’t a conversation,” Roberts said. “I chose at