Dodgers closer Jansen welcomes baby boy, notches save on same day
On Sunday morning, Kenley Jansen had a special delivery. On Sunday afternoon, he delivered for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Sunday morning, Jansen and his girlfriend welcomed a baby boy, whom they named Kaden, into the world, just hours before the first pitch in the Dodgers' 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Congrats to @kenleyjansen74 on the birth of his baby boy, Kaden Isaiah Jansen! Born at 9:58am, Kaden comes in at 19.5", 8 pounds, 9oz.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 16, 2015
Jansen picked up his 24th save of the season in the victory, striking out two batters in his first four-out save of the season.
"It was a very exciting day for me today," Jansen told reporters after the game. "Even without having much sleep, I still went out there and fed off the excitement."
The arrival of Jansen's child didn't take him by surprise. He and his girlfriend planned for labor to be induced so that he'd be able to be with the team when they embark on their upcoming road trip to Oakland to face the A's.
"We did it this way so I don't have to fly and go on the road and fly back and miss some games," he said. "I know these are very important games for us. I just want to come back here and help the team."
Jansen has had another solid season out of the bullpen for the Dodgers. He has converted 24 of 25 save opportunities and holds a 2.48 ERA with 59 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings.
(h/t Orange County Register)