10:51 PM ET
ARLINGTON, Texas — After retiring the final batter with a 94 mph fastball on Friday night, and striking out the side, Kenley Jansen glared at the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ dugout with an intensity rarely seen from the personable right-hander. The meaning behind it, Jansen said, was basically, “Let’s go!”
To the rest of the Dodgers, it represented something else: Kenley Jansen — the good Kenley Jansen — is back.
Jansen recorded the final three outs of Saturday’s 3-1 win over the Atlanta Braves in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series. This time the lead was by only two runs, half the cushion of his Friday outing, representing his first save since the Dodgers’ first postseason game 17 days ago. Jansen, who faced the bottom of the Braves’ order, was helped by a sliding catch from Joc Pederson to open the inning, then got routine fly outs from Nick Markakis and Pablo Sandoval. Six pitches, three outs to force a Game 7.
“If we wanna get to where we wanna be, and holding that trophy at the end of the year, we’re gonna need him,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “He’s gonna be a big part of it. Two huge outings, not only for us but for him personally. And you can just see the confidence he has on the mound, attacking guys. That’s the Kenley Jansen I and all of us in there know and love.”
Jansen wasn’t bad this