The conclusion to Saturday night’s Dodgers-Padres game at Dodger Stadium was something not even Don Mattingly had seen in his 30-plus years in professional baseball. But it was a finish the Dodgers manager said he hopes to soon forget.
Kenley Jansen stood at the mound, one strike away from his 17th save of the season. After the Padres had rallied in the ninth inning, it appeared the Dodgers would escape with a one-run victory.
Then Everth Cabrera, stuck on third base, pulled the unthinkable.
With teammate Alexi Amarista at the plate, Carbrera darted for home. Jansen’s throw to catcher A.J. Ellis was high, allowing Carbrera to score. Will Venable, who was on second, scored the go-ahead run as Ellis retrieved the ball.
Jansen retired the next batter, but the Dodgers were unable to generate runs in the bottom of the ninth, falling, 7-6, at Dodger Stadium.