Jansen has a share in bad night for Dodgers’ bullpen

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor 2017 World SeriesUntil the ninth inning, it looked like the Dodgers would win game two as well when they had a 3-1 lead. But from there, their bullpen faltered and gave away the chance of taking a 2-0 lead in the World Series.

It is clear the Dodgers are located near Hollywood as the team made a real show out of the pre-game ceremony of the ceremonial first pitch. Vin Scully walked out to the mound with a microphone in his hand as he entertained the audience. Eventually, he called for a left-hander and that is where former Dodger great Fernando Valenzuela stepped on the field.

It was one of those games in which most runs were scored on home runs as both teams hit a total of eight dingers.
The game appeared to become another pitching matchup, but in the third inning, the Astros took a 1-0 lead. Josh Reddick led off the inning with a single towards second base and advanced to second on a sac bunt laid down by Justin Verlander. George Springer then singled on a line drive to shallow left field, that prevented Reddick from advancing to home plate as he was stopped by the Astros’ third base coach. Eventually, Reddick scored on Alex Bregman’s single to left field that put runners on first and second. But Rich Hill kept the damage limited to that one run as he struck out José Altuve and Carlos Correa to get out of the inning.

The game continued with both pitchers not having much trouble on the mound but in the fifth, the Dodgers tied the game out of the blue as Joc Pedersen hit a two-out home run to right field that broke up Verlander’s no-hitter.

One inning later, the Dodgers would take a two-run lead when Cory Seager hit a two-run blast to left field. But in the eighth and the ninth, the Dodgers bullpen collapsed as the Astros managed to score a run in each inning to tie the game, so extra innings were needed. Curaçao native Kenley Jansen gave up one of the two runs the Astros scored in the final two innings. Jansen replaced Brandon Morrow in the top of the eighth after the latter had given up a double to Alex Bregman but Jansen could not prevent Bregman from scoring as Carlos Correa drove him in on a single to center field.  One inning later, Jansen gave up the game-tying run when Marwin Gonzalez hit a line drive home run to center field.

In the tenth inning, neither team didn’t give in as both scored twice and three of the four runs were scored on homers again. One inning later, the Astros took a two-run lead, again on a home run. With two outs in the bottom of the eleventh inning, Charlie Culberson also homered for the Dodgers but Chris Devenski struck out Yasiel Puig for the final out of this wild game.

Devenski earned the win as he took the mound in the tenth inning already.
Brandon McCarthy took the loss as he gave up two runs on two hits in the eleventh inning. Kenley Jansen had a rare blown save as he gave up the home run to Marwin Gonzalez.

The best hitter for the Astros was leadoff hitter George Springer who went 3 for 5 with a home run and a double, two RBI and a run scored.

Today, the circus will head to Houston where both teams will face each other in game three, four and five.

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