The Curaçao pitcher Kenley Jansen did it again. The closer of Los Angeles Dodgers notched Friday his 26th save by striking out the side.
Jansen struck out the side in the top of the ninth inning versus the Giants, earning the save with the scoreless appearance.The 29-year-old former catcher now has a 1.39 ERA to go along with 68 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings pitched.
The Curaçao native needed just 13 pitches to breeze through the ninth inning. The closer improved his K/9 to a major-league leading 22.7. Jansen has tossed scoreless innings of relief in 38 out of 43 appearances this season and sports a record of 5-0
The Dodgers improved to 72-31 on the season, 41 games above .500 for the first time in franchise history since 1974. The only other team in history to reach the 40 games over .500 mark faster was the 2001 Seattle Mariners.
The Dodgers have won 37 of their last 43 games, the best 43-game stretch in franchise history. Their 41 games over .500 is more games than the Giants (40-64) have won all season.