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Friday, February 22, 2019

Kenley Jansen allows first earned run of postseason, blows save in Game 2

Marwin Gonzalez

Kenley Jansen is human, after all.

Jansen entered Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday night in the 8th inning and allowed an inherited runner to score, making the game 3-2 in favor of his Los Angeles Dodgers. An inning later, he surrendered his first earned run of the postseason on a Marwin Gonzalez solo home run that tied the game at three.

A blown save for Jansen? Say it ain’t so.

The 30-year-old closer only had one blown save during the regular season and had been essentially untouchable during the playoffs until Game 2. Perhaps being asked to do more than usual — he had only converted one six-out save before in his career — was too much for the right-hander. He wasn’t very sharp with his stuff, as evidenced by the cutter he left right over the middle to Gonzalez, who tied the game for the Houston Astros.

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