It was only fitting that Kenley Jansen’s season debut came in a high leverage situation.
With the Dodgers clinging to a one-run lead in the 8th inning and only one out with two on, Dave Roberts went to his closer to shut down any hope of a Rockies come back. I’d be lying if I said my stress levels didn’t go way up, but Jansen looked as calm as ever.
He had to work with the first batter he faced, as C.J. Cron saw 6 pitches before flying out to Zach McKinstry. But that at-bat seemed to shake any nerves the closer had, as he sat down Ryan McMahon on three pitches, including a 94 MPH sinker that was absolutely filthy.
Following the game, the Dodgers’ sideline reporter Kirsten Watson asked Kenley how it felt to get back out on the mound and see some success early on.
It means a lot. I mean, There’s excitement, the offseason that we had.. you know we won a championship. But also for me, it was a lot of work to get back [to] where I used to be and just get back to my potential… Spring training was great and it was fun being out here again today.
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