On Saturday afternoon, the day of his 30th birthday, Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen ambled into the visitors’ clubhouse and walked over to a few teammates seated at a table. Jansen knew the math — his team needed only one victory to clinch home-field advantage and ensure that the road to the 2017 World Series went through Dodger Stadium.
“That’s the only present I want,” Jansen told the group. “A freaking W on my birthday.”
It was far from pretty, but the Dodgers granted Jansen his wish in a 5-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies. The offense overcame a shaky, abbreviated finale from Clayton Kershaw as Yasiel Puig scored four runs, including one on a two-run homer.