The Dodgers just lost for the 6th time in 8 games on Monday night. They never held the lead and the Reds pitching absolutely shut down the offense, aside from Corey Seager’s late 2-run blast.
When it came time for extra innings, Dave Roberts chose to go with his closer pitching on a day of rest. Kenley Jansen came into the game and immediately gave up a 2-run shot to put the Dodgers behind for good.
Rather than choose to recognize the failure on Jansen’s part to keep the game tied, Doc credited Jesse Winker. The Reds outfielder took a 92 mph cutter on the outside corner deep to left to give Cincinnati a 2-run lead in the 10th inning.
He [Winker] put a good swing on it. So yeah, I think Kenley is throwing the baseball really well this year. I think he had that one hiccup in Oakland but outside of that, he’s been very good. Obviously, there was an inherited runner at second base and he gave up a homerun, and that’s going to happen.
It obviously wouldn’t make sense for Roberts to blast Jansen for not getting the job done. But given his history of sticking with Jansen through all of his peaks and valleys, it certainly didn’t go over well with Dodgers fans.
Jansen coming in and allowing the lead to slip away is a tough one to defend. He obviously had the inherited runner due to the extra innings rule, but Kenley also gave up a blast. It almost feels like it would have been more forgivable for Dodgers fans had he just allowed the inherited runner to come across.
The Dodgers have some work to do all across the team, but the bullpen is a concern.