The Dodgers are finally beginning to feel like themselves again as they seem to finally be getting back on track. On Sunday night, Jedd Gyorko hit a go-ahead single in the top of the 9th that led the Dodgers to a 3-2 win over the Mets. With the win, the Dodgers clinched home-field advantage in the NLDS.
But perhaps even more important than winning the ballgame (although it was extremely crucial to do so), was Kenley Jansen‘s performance. In an effort to ensure that he would pitch, Jansen pitched the 8th inning instead of the 9th. Even though by the time he entered the game, a bottom of the 9th was guaranteed.
“Very important for his confidence, for the team’s confidence, and he understands that,” said Manager Dave Roberts.
“The needle’s moving in the right direction,” Roberts said of Jansen, who retired Juan Lagares, Jeff McNeil, and Pete Alonso in order in the 8th.
Ultimately it was Gyorko’s clutch 2-out RBI single that won the game for the Dodgers. It gave them a 3-2 lead and Kenta Maeda entered the game and earned the save. With the win, the Dodgers won their 32nd series of the year, tying them for a franchise record.
The Dodgers have Monday to rest and travel back to Los Angeles as they prepare to face the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays are practically out of the division race, trailing the Yankees by 9 games, but they are very much alive in the Wild Card race. They currently hold the second Wild Card spot, trailing Oakland by 1.5 games and leading Cleveland by the same margin.