Gonzalez gets a big hit, but Jansen gets hit too often

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

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.

Jansen, who didn’t have an easy save on Friday night, gave up the tying and winning runs in the Giants’ 5-4 win.

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.

6 Comments

Encouraging also was AGon hitting the ball with authority, of course his homer, but also his double that would have been a homer almost any other park. Also Turner bat has come alive these last two games.

Starting to see a few chinks in Jansen’s armor and his velocity is down a tick or two. Maybe the front office noticed it earlier and decided to wait on offering him a contract extension. I wonder if their thinking is, “Hey, we got 4 great cheap years out of him and now it is time to groom a young gun to take his place and get a draft pick.” We certainly have a few to pick from.

It’s possible. I think this FO will never give s reliever the type of money Jansen will get from some other team it’ll take to keep him.
If they fall back enough to the point they believe they can’t come back from by trade deadline, I think they’ll even trade him if the price coming back is better than the draft pick.

With two starters coming back by 7/4/16 and a glut of fairly good pitching, trading Jansen for a power bat wouldn’t be out of the question. I really think they need one desperately since Puig doesn’t look like he is ever going to be what he was three years ago.

But the Dodgers would be in a win/win situation by offering him a qualifying offer. If he takes it, they get him for another year at 15M and if he declines, they get a compensation draft pick between the first and 2nd round.

I’m pretty sure it’s needless to say that Dodgers are an offensively impatient team, unlike the Giants and other teams. With a little patience Pederson could’ve walked in the seventh inning, judging how Gearrin was pitching, putting the Dodgers a run ahead. It seems they are too anxious to put wood on the ball.

Agree OBF (from another OBF). I assume you are talking about the 2-0 count when he flied out. Way too impatient of Joc’s part. This team just has a hard time driving in runs. If Joc walks, the game is over in the ninth.

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