After Kenley Jansen blew a save and made the Dodger Stadium crowd angry enough to boo him off the field, Max Muncy hit a walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Dodgers beat the Blue Jays 2-1.
It was Muncy’s 5th straight game with a homer and his 33rd homer of the year. It was also his first career walk-off, the first coming in the 2018 World Series.
“I can’t count how many big hits he’s had for us,” Dave Roberts said of Muncy. “When we’re at home, we feel if the game’s tied, we have a good chance to finish it with a walk-off.”
Muncy’s homer and the walk-off were great, but, if we’re honest, they should have never happened. The game should have never gone into extra innings. In fact, the game should have never reached the bottom of the 9th.
The Dodgers had a 1-0 lead entering the 9th inning and Kenley Jansen entered the game to record 3 outs and not give up any runs. Coming into the game, however, Jansen had a 3.59 ERA and 5 blown saves.
When Jansen missed his target on a cutter against Rowdy Tellez, the consequences were severe. It came in the form of a solo homer that tied the game.
Once again, just as with every time Jansen struggles, Roberts called the 9th-inning homer “a little hiccup” and said, “Kenley’s our closer.”
But just being brutally honest, I don’t trust him anymore. I’m not questioning his desire or work ethic, I simply don’t think he’s fit for the closer role anymore. And according to last night’s pole, most people don’t either.
Thankfully, Muncy was able to salvage the game that started out with 7 shutout innings from Walker Buehler. Buehler was dominant in his bounce-back from a bad start against the Marlins. He allowed just 5 hits, struck out 8 and didn’t walk anyone.
Kenta Maeda and the Dodgers will go for the sweep against Jacob Waguespack and the Blue Jays. Maeda is 8-8 on the year with a 4.18 ERA and Waguespack is basically the same with a 4.20 ERA. The game will begin at 7:10 pm.