Just one day after Dave Roberts had negative(ish) comments about Kenley Jansen, someone else locked down a save. The Dodgers brought on Brusdar Graterol to close out the series-clinching win over the Brewers on a day where Kenley was supposedly available.
But if you’re thinking that this signals a changing of the guard, don’t get too excited. The Dodgers are going to keep rolling with Kenley Jansen in save situation moving forward, Thursday was just a special circumstance. Dave Roberts talked about the decision after the game.
He’s[Kenley] our closer. I just felt that Brusdar, these guys hadn’t seen him. Kenley is going to close out many games for us as we go forward. He understands that it’s about the team and helping us win baseball games.
Dave also noted that the guys that were coming up int he lineup already had a look at Jansen the night before. He must have meant Christian Yelich when he said that because that was the only guy coming up that Jansen faced. Regardless, the Dodgers skipper made sure to note that nothing has changed in Kenley being the closer.
It was still plenty of fun to watch the 21-year-old Graterol come on and lock in down for his first save. Brusdar gave up a leadoff single to Avisail Garcia to start the 9th but induced a groundball and pair of fly balls to end the ball game for the Dodgers. Sure, the ESPN broadcast couldn’t even do enough research to pronounce his name correctly, but we’ll let it slide.
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