It’s not easy to homer off of Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. Opposing batters hit only four of them during the regular season, spanning 68 2/3 innings pitched by the right-hander.
Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth didn’t seem to have any trouble lining up a cutter that didn’t cut in the top of the ninth inning of Game 3, played at Dodger Stadium on Monday afternoon. With the Nats leading 4-3, Werth padded the lead and kickstarted what would become a four-run inning by launching a home run that would have traveled an estimated 450 feet if it didn’t hit the seats first, according to Statcast.
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Werth now has 15 career home runs in the postseason, ranking fifth among active players, per Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post.
The Nationals went on to win 8-3, taking 2-1 lead over the Dodgers in the NLDS. They’ll have a chance to clinch on Tuesday.
ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.
O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”
“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.
O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.
He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.
O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.
He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.