The Los Angeles Dodgers activated closer Kenley Jansen from the 15-day disabled list Friday and quickly threw him into the fire as he was tasked with protecting a two-run lead in the eighth inning of his 2015 debut.
Jansen emphatically answered the bell as he struck out four batters on 14 pitches in the scoreless inning of relief. He became the sixth Dodgers pitcher to accomplish the rare feat and later marveled at doing so in his first Major-League appearance since October 2014.
Jansen’s time in the spotlight was short-lived as Sergio Santos matched him with a four-strikeout inning on Saturday night against the Colorado Rockies:
However, Santos not only wasn’t as efficient as Jansen was, but he also gave up three runs in the inning. Because of that, Santos, who also recorded four strikeouts in one inning during Spring Training, said his performance pales in comparison to Jansen’s, via Earl Bloom of MLB.com:
His [Jansen’s] was better, because it happened without any runs coming across,” Santos said. “It’s the second time for me this year — I had four strikeouts in Spring Training in an inning against the Cubs.”
Santos allowed one run on two hits in the four-strikeout inning against the Chicago Cubs on March 18. The former shortstop prospect has appeared in nine game with the Dodgers, has a 6.10 ERA, 11 strikeouts and six walks.
Santos signed a Minor-League contract with the club in January and was promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma City on April 24 when Joel Peralta was placed on the 15-day disabled list.
Kenley Jansen Discusses 2015 Dodgers Debut