LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Dodgers beat the Nationals in Game 5 of the NLDS, but it took Clayton Kershaw entering the game in the ninth inning to relieve closer Kenley Jansen.

Kershaw’s last save was back in 2006 when he was pitching for the Gulf Coast League Dodgers. Ironically, it came against the Gulf Coast League Nationals.

Now here’s where it gets weird: take a look at who was catching Kershaw for his only career save before Thursday night.

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Turns out Jansen, who was relieved by Kershaw, was also the catcher who caught his only other career save.

The Dodgers closer originally came up through the club’s farm system as a catcher before he was transitioned to becoming one of the most dominant closers in team history.

L.A.’s next game will be Saturday at 5 p.m. when they face off against the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the NLCS.


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