- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 3, 2018

It’s too early in the Major League season to make conclusions about any player or team, but Kenley Jansen was defensive after blowing a save for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday.

Jansen blew a 6-3 lead with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, as the Arizona Diamondbacks hit a three-run home run to force extra innings, then went on to win in the 15th inning, 8-7.

Jansen, who has won the Trevor Hoffman NL Reliever of the Year award the past two years, was asked if his early-season struggles were mechanic in nature.

“No, it’s not mechanic,” Jansen said. “He just got me. Who cares? Who cares? It’s one game.”

After getting the first two outs of the inning, Jansen walked two batters on 3-2 counts and Chris Owings blasted the first pitch he saw to left field for the game-tying homer.

Before Monday, Jansen’s first outing of the season resulted in a loss. Against San Francisco on Friday, Jansen gave up a solo home run to Joe Panik and the Giants won 1-0.

“Listen, those guys have bats,” Jansen said. “They compete, too. Nobody wants to get beat. Nobody wants to blow saves. Nobody wants to lose games, but the situation of the game, it happens. What can I do? I’ve just got to bounce back tomorrow and help the Dodgers win.”


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