On a night that saw Matt Kemp's league-leading consecutive games streak end at 399 (just a hair short of Cal Ripken's record), the Dodgers kept their own win streak alive at five, gutting out a victory behind the arm of Clayton Kershaw. The Minotaur went seven innings and allowed four hits with six strikeouts and no earned runs (the Snakes got a run off a solo HR by Aaron Hill off of Josh Lindblom). Kenley Jansen picked up his fourth save thanks in no small part by great defensive plays from James Loney and Justin Sellers, both of which caused radio broadcaster Charley Steiner to pop some buttons on his shirt collar.
Dee Gordon scored in the first inning by singling and drawing an errant pickoff throw off of the Diamondbacks' Ian Kennedy, who then allowed Mark Ellis to ground to second for the sacrifice. Andre Ethier added a solo HR, and A.J. Ellis, Loney, and Adam Kennedy combined to score a third run. Tony Gwynn Jr. also had a sweet putout nailing A.J. "NotEllis" Pollock at the plate in the third.
More importantly, the Sons stretch our streak to 11-0. We put it on the line again tomorrow, at Orel Hershiser Bobblehead Night.