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Dodger bullpen shines (and their starter too)
Saturday the Dodgers looked to put an embarrassing series opener behind them, and they did behind stellar pitching from their bullpen and Tony Gonsolin. “Goose” pitched five strong innings and let the bullpen take care of the rest. His lone mistake came on a pitch down the middle and Aaron Judge made him pay. It was a stellar outing for the cold-blooded rookie.
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The bullpen also looked to be in postseason form as they blanked the Yankees across four shutout innings. Joe Kelly and Pedro Baez combined to pitch three innings, allowing just one base hit with five strikeouts. Kelly left the game with runners on base but Pedro Baez got out of the jam in the seventh inning and also pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
For Baez, he struck out the side in the eighth inning which included strikeouts of DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge. Petey picked up his 20th hold of the season and handed things over to Kenley Jansen for what turned out to be a wild ninth inning.
Jansen recorded the first out of the inning as Didi Gregorius struck out thanks to a foul bunt with two strikes. With the Dodgers playing the lefty shift, Didi tried bunting down the third base line twice in a row but was unable to keep either bunt fair. Then Gleyber Torres punched single up the middle and that was followed up by two straight infield hits. One being a fielders choice but Gardner was safe at second.
Kenley Jansen then struck out two straight batters, Mike Tauchman, and Gary Sanchez to preserve his 27th save against the team with 27 World Series titles. Kenley was amped up and had his good velocity throwing 94-95 MPH cutters past Sanchez and Tauchman. Maybe this was the game that will spark Jansen’s turnaround which would really complete the Dodgers’ rejuvenated bullpen.