The Los Angeles Dodgers opened up the series vs. the Washington Nationals with a 4-1 victory on Monday night. Aside from Clayton Kershaw’s dominant performance and Justin Turner hitting his 10th home run, the night belonged to closer Kenley Jansen.
Heading into the top of the 9th inning with the lead the Dodgers had Jansen close out the game. In front of adoring fans on a hot summer night Jansen recorded save No. 162 for his career.
“I was teammates with Eric, and to have Kenley break that Dodgers all-time saves record at home, to be a small, small part of it,” manager Dave Roberts said in an interview on SportsNet LA. “I know Kenley is proud. He loves being a Dodger. To do it here in front of the home fans was special.”
Jansen also became the only Dodgers pitcher with five seasons of 20 or more saves. Five years ago on July 25, 2010, in just his second MLB debut, Jansen recorded his first career save vs. the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium. So it seems fitting he achieved this accomplishment at home as well.
Jansen broke Éric Gagné’s record for the most saves in Dodgers history with No. 162. The Dodgers honored Jansen with a special pre-game ceremony on Tuesday.
After the win on Monday, Gagné was the first one to congratulated Jansen after the game. Some of his teammates also went to social media to congratulate Jansen.
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With the win on June 20th Kershaw improved to 11-1 and ironically, of Jansen’s 162 career saves, 33 of them have been wins by Kershaw. The Dodgers will honor Jansen with a pregame ceremony on Tuesday before the Dodgers face the Nationals for game 2 of their 3-game series.