Gonzalez gets a big hit, but Jansen gets hit too often
By Cary Osborne
From the seventh inning on Saturday in San Francisco, the Dodgers had the advantage against the Giants.
Bullpen vs. bullpen favored the Dodgers. And with Adrian Gonzalez’s go-ahead solo home run in the top of the 10th inning, the advantage went from a moat to the Pacific Ocean with Kenley Jansen on the mound.
Jansen, who had the opportunity to pick up career save No. 160 (which would have put him one behind all-time Dodger leader Eric Gagné) couldn’t make the most of that advantage.
After starting the season converting on his first 13 save opportunities, Jansen has converted on four of his last seven opportunities.
The bridge to Jansen was strong, though.
Scott Kazmir left with two runners on and no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning in a 2-2 game and Louis Coleman did his job, getting two ground balls. But the first would-be double play stopped when Chase Utley got the out at second base but couldn’t pull the ball out of his glove, and the second wasn’t converted when Utley took a wide throw from Corey Seager at second base, got the out at the bag, but was forced to make an awkward throw to first.
However, Coleman, J.P. Howell, Adam Liberatore and Joe Blanton pitched four innings without allowing a hit or a run.
The normally sure thing that is Jansen, though, allowed four hits for the first time all year and the first time since September 3, 2014.
On a side note, Brandon McCarthy made his first rehab start and went two innings for the High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, allowing one walk and one hit — a home run. He made 20 pitches and threw 11 strikes.