Kershaw's save on Thursday sent the Dodgers to the NLCS.
Before Clayton Kershaw's save on Thursday night sent the Dodgers to the National League Championship Series, he replaced Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen on the mound.
Jansen pitched 2.1 innings and threw 51 pitches—a heavier-than-usual workload for the reliever—before exiting Game 5 of the NLDS in favor of Kershaw. With Nationals runners on first and second with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Kershaw got the final two outs and earned his first save since 2006.
That 2006 save came with rookie minor league affiliate Gulf Coast League Dodgers. He earned it against the Gulf Coast League Nationals.
The weirdest fact of all? His catcher in that game was Kenley Jansen, who was a catcher for the first four years of his career before switching to pitcher.
Kershaw' first save since 2006 for the Gulf Coast Dodgers over the Gulf Coast Nationals. Guess who his catcher was? Kenley Jansen.— Wes Reynolds (@WesReynolds1) October 14, 2016
The Dodgers will meet the Cubs in the National League Championship Series.