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Kenley Jansen blows save and Dodgers lose to Athletics in 10 innings

The Dodgers’ smooth underbelly, the one obvious query mark for the consensus World Collection favorites, was uncovered on a cold Wednesday afternoon inside an outdated concrete mass in opposition to the one workforce left within the majors trying to find a win in 2021.

Kenley Jansen was tasked to guard a one-run lead within the ninth inning and full the Dodgers’ seven-game, season-opening journey. A save would’ve prolonged the Dodgers’ profitable streak to 6 video games, however he didn’t do his job within the Dodgers’ 4-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics in 10 innings at RingCentral Coliseum.

Jansen regarded uncomfortable pitching on consecutive days for the primary time this season. His velocity was down. His command was erratic as he threw 13 of his 22 pitches for balls. Matt Chapman welcomed him with a loud leadoff single and scored the tying run on Elvis Andrus’ sacrifice fly.

Jansen survived the inning, however the Athletics, who have been outscored 50-13 getting into Wednesday, received the sport within the tenth on Mitch Moreland’s walk-off single in opposition to Jimmy Nelson.

The bullpen’s letdown — mixed with the offense going 2 for 21 with runners in scoring place — wasted Trevor Bauer’s sturdy efficiency in his second begin as a Dodger and dropped the membership to 5-2 heading into their residence opener Friday in opposition to the Washington Nationals.

“That’s simply uncharacteristic for him to not have the command like that,” Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned of Jansen. “There have been some misfires in there, some spiked fastballs that sometimes doesn’t occur with him. We’ll dig into it.”

The Dodgers weren’t at full energy once more, this time lacking former MVPs Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts. Bellinger’s absence from the lineup was anticipated after getting spiked on his calf Monday. Betts’ exclusion was not.

For a few hours, the rationale for the $365-million star proper fielder’s omission was unknown. Roberts didn’t tackle the media earlier than the sport and the membership didn’t disclose any data. At 12:02 p.m., 35 minutes earlier than first pitch, the Dodgers introduced the issue: a stiff decrease again.

After the sport, Roberts mentioned he expects Betts to play Friday. Bellinger, nonetheless, isn’t anticipated to play and a stint on the injured listing stays a chance.

“We’ll decide Friday,” Roberts mentioned.

Bauer held the Athletics (1-6) to 2 runs on three hits throughout 6 2/3 innings. He compiled 10 strikeouts for the second straight begin, walked one, and threw 110 pitches.

Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer throws against the Oakland Athletics.

Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer throws in opposition to the Oakland Athletics through the first inning in Oakland on Wednesday.

(Jeff Chiu / Related Press)

Oakland tallied its first run when Ramón Laureano was hit by a pitch to steer off the fourth inning, stole second base, stole third base, and scored on a wild pitch.

In any other case, Bauer gave up one hit in six innings — after six no-hit innings in his debut — earlier than yielding a house run within the seventh. By two begins, hitters are one for 38 in opposition to Bauer within the first six innings and 5 for 9 within the seventh.

“Combined bag,” Bauer mentioned. “I believed my stuff was actually good. I made some between-inning changes, however was behind on plenty of counts 1-0, 2-0. So, I’ve to wash that up.”

Not all harm developments have been damaging for the Dodgers. Chris Taylor returned to the lineup after getting hit by a pitch on the left elbow Monday. He performed middle discipline in Bellinger’s place and led off in Betts’ place.

On the plate, he helped put Athletics left-hander Jesús Luzardo on the ropes within the first inning with a stroll. He scored on AJ Pollock’s two-out single. Luzardo walked Max Muncy for his third stroll of the inning to load the bases as former Dodger Adam Kolarek started warming.

However Austin Barnes, the Dodgers’ designated hitter, flied out to finish the inning and the Dodgers squandered the chance to bury Luzardo, who threw 35 pitches however surrendered only one run.

Luzardo stored the Dodgers off the board from there till the sixth inning. Max Muncy labored a one-out stroll and Barnes singled to chase Luzardo. Kolarek was summoned to face Gavin Lux, who superior the runners with a groundout to first base.

That introduced up Zach McKinstry, the No. 9 hitter and Betts’ alternative in proper discipline, with two outs and the rating tied. The rookie utilityman seen the infield was shifted and dropped a bunt down the third-base line to create some chaos.

Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman fielded the ball on the run as Barnes sprinted to 3rd base behind him and Muncy raced residence. Barnes overslid the bag and was tagged out to finish the inning, however Muncy crossed residence plate first, giving the Dodgers the lead.

“That was on his personal,” Roberts mentioned. “Very heads-up play.”

Justin Turner’s RBI double off Sergio Romo within the seventh inning gave the Dodgers a two-run lead till Matt Chapman led off the underside of the inning with a solo residence run in opposition to Bauer.

The one-run edge lasted till Jansen took the mound within the ninth and the Dodgers’ one main potential flaw grew to become evident, souring the tip of a profitable journey and in the end costing them a win in opposition to a floundering membership.


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