After he struggled through another appearance on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers are no longer married to Kenley Jansen as their closer.
Jansen came on in the ninth inning of Game 2 of the NLDS to get the final three outs against the San Diego Padres with the Dodgers leading 6-3. Los Angeles held on for a 6-5 win, but it was Joe Kelly that ended up earning the save.
Jansen started by striking out Wil Myers, but then he gave up a sharp single to Jake Cronenworth and an RBI double to Mitch Moreland, which trimmed the Dodgers' lead to two runs. Austin Nola fouled out, but a Trent Grisham single scored Moreland and brought Dave Roberts to the mound to pull him.
Asked if Jansen would continue to close games, Roberts said, "I'm gonna keep thinking through it. I thought there were some good throws in there."
"There wasn't a conversation," Roberts said. "I chose at that point and time to go to Joe. My love and respect for [Jansen] certainly hasn't changed, and he feels terrible. He wants to be the guy, and he's proven it time and time again. But I know he's thrilled we won a ball game, a big ball game, and that was kind of it."