In what appeared to be another win for the then NL West-leading Dodgers, pinch runner Everth Cabrera stole home as closer Kenley Jansen turned his back to the plate.
The scene that unfolded after Jansen realized his error was quite chaotic, as the hard-throwing closer threw the ball over catcher AJ Ellis’ head and to the backstop. The home plate umpire initially called Cabrera out, however, once he realized that Ellis did not have the ball in his glove the call was changed to safe.
As Ellis attempted to track down the errant throw from Jansen, Will Venable made a heads-up play by hustling from second and scored the game-winning run.
The mishap by Jansen appeared to take the wind out of the Dodgers’ sails, and San Diego closer Huston Street closed out the game in the bottom of the ninth with three straight outs. The loss moved the Dodgers a half game behind the NL West-leading Giants.
As reported by Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times, Kenley Jansen told reporters after the game: ”I’d rather have it happen now than in September or October. It’s all a learning experience for me,” Jansen said. “Dirt got stuck in my shoe and I can’t pitch like that. I didn’t think to call a timeout.”
Manager Don Mattingly added: It’s one of those plays that happens so fast, you don’t even think about the second guy.”
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