LOS ANGELES — With the sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium hanging on his each pitch, Kenley Jansen discovered himself in a jam. Bases loaded, one out, and Los Angeles clinging to a one-run lead over the Yankees within the ninth.
All that proper after a weird twist that had each managers on the sphere, attempting to determine what occurred throughout a possible game-ending double play that obtained reviewed.
Jansen stayed cool within the warmth of the second on a scorching day and struck out Mike Tauchman and pinch-hitter Gary Sanchez to offer the Dodgers a 2-1 victory over New York on Saturday in a matchup between the groups with the very best data in baseball.
“Nerve-racking? No,” Jansen mentioned. “Simply obtained to belief your self in that scenario. I do not lose confidence in myself.”
Nonetheless, Jansen has faltered at instances this season, together with earlier within the week when followers booed throughout his sixth blown save. His 27th save was his first since Aug. 6.
“Kenley confirmed proper there that he can nonetheless command the baseball in an enormous spot and make pitches,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned. “I undoubtedly do not assume that was stress; that was enjoyable.”
However it was the play proper earlier than that to load the bases that left most everybody within the ballpark questioning what was happening.
There have been runners at first and second with one out when Gio Urshela hit a grounder to 3rd baseman Justin Turner, who seemed to start out a game-ending double play. Second baseman Max Muncy caught Turner’s flip, however then obtained worn out by Brett Gardner‘s arduous slide for an obvious forceout.
“I felt like I made it, but it surely was so shut,” Gardner mentioned. “I am glad I used to be secure, however we simply got here up quick.”
Gleyber Torres, who had began the play on second base, rounded third after which headed dwelling with Muncy down on the bottom, attempting to attain the tying run. As a substitute, Torres was stopped by the umpires as a result of time had been referred to as.
“Ninth innings are anxious sufficient as they’re,” Muncy mentioned, “and also you add that in there and it was form of like, `whew.”
The unusual sequence set off an almost 2-minute replay evaluate. The decision at second was reversed and Gardner was dominated secure, beating the throw with a bodily however authorized slide.
“For me by way of enjoying the sport, I assumed it was completely clear,” Muncy mentioned. “When it comes to the rule they’ve created, I assumed the one factor that was questionable was his hand reaching out and grabbing me. Apart from that, it was play by him.”
Muncy mentioned he wasn’t injured, however Gardner “obtained me fairly good.”
Roberts challenged the slide, believing Gardner was out, whereas Yankees supervisor Aaron Boone got here out, too, seemingly to hunt clarification on why Torres wasn’t allowed to attain.
“It was baseball play,” Roberts mentioned of Gardner’s slide.
Boone mentioned plate umpire Gabe Morales instructed him Jansen had already raised his palms to name time.
“He had undoubtedly began down the road, it did not look like midway to me,” Boone mentioned of Torres. “You may see Kenley asking for time possibly about as he is on the brink of begin down the road.”
A day after the Yankees routed the Dodgers 10-2, the golf equipment performed a decent sport which have some followers predicting shall be an October preview.
“Like I instructed the blokes once I was on second base within the final inning, `Good luck the remainder of the best way and hopefully we’ll see you once more,” Gardner mentioned.
Roberts described the ambiance as “two nice, iconic, storied franchises. You might really feel the emotion from each dugouts and the stadium.”
Turner hit a two-run homer within the third. After two video games with out a homer, the Dodgers obtained their Nationwide League-leading 226th.
Aaron Judge homered for the second straight day, connecting within the fourth.
Sabathia (5-8) gave up two runs and 5 hits in 4 innings, putting out seven. It was his second begin since coming off the injured record with proper knee irritation.
“Simply felt far more snug on the market and hopefully simply proceed to construct off that,” Sabathia mentioned.
Turner’s 23rd homer of the season landed within the left-field pavilion and scored Gonsolin, who had reached on an infield single off Sabathia’s leg for his second profession hit.
“I’ve all the time been a lifelong Yankees fan,” mentioned Gonsolin, who met Sabathia in highschool. “It was fairly nice to throw in opposition to all these guys.”
Choose’s drive was New York’s 58th homer in August, tying the key league document for many in a month shared by Baltimore in 1987 and Seattle in 1999.
Yankees: RHP Dellin Betances (lat muscle) threw a 20-pitch batting apply session on the minor league complicated in Tampa, Florida. … RHP Luis Severino (lat muscle) mentioned he felt nice after throwing a two-inning simulated sport Thursday. He is scheduled for one more simulated sport Tuesday after which may begin a minor league rehab task. … 1B Luke Voit (sports activities hernia) homered for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre main off Saturday’s sport in opposition to Lehigh Valley’s Jerad Eickoff. Voit was the DH and completed 2 for Four with a stroll.
Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (flexor tendon pressure) threw a 27-pitch bullpen session. He’ll do it once more in a pair days after which face hitters. … LHP Julio Urias is on the crew’s spring coaching facility in Arizona the place he threw a bullpen session whereas serving a 20-game home violence suspension. He is set to return on Sept. 3, however the crew is uncertain whether or not he’ll begin or work out of the bullpen.
Yankees: RHP Domingo German (16-3, 4.15 ERA) is averaging fewer than six innings per begin this season.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (13-2, 2.71) gave up three dwelling runs and walked three in six innings in opposition to Toronto in his final begin.