It won't count as a perfect game, nor should it, but that doesn't diminish the accomplishment concluded by Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen on Thursday night in St. Louis. David Freese singled with two outs in the ninth inning off Jansen, but he didn't score. Not many have scored in 2013 against Jansen, who sports a 2.01 ERA. What that single did was end a streak of 27 consecutive outs recorded by Jansen, including a whopping 15 by strikeout.
Here is a look at every out of the streak, a reasonable facsimile of a perfect game:
|Kenley Jansen's 27 up, 27 down|
|1||July 23||Brett Lawrie||Toronto||fly out to LF||2|
|2||July 24||Jose Bautista||Toronto||ground out to SS||2|
|3||July 24||Edwin Encarnacion||Toronto||fly out to CF||3|
|4||July 24||Adam Lind||Toronto||strikeout swinging||5|
|5||July 26||Joey Votto||Cincinnati||lineout to LF||5|
|6||July 26||Brandon Phillips||Cincinnati||strikeout swinging||6|
|7||July 26||Jay Bruce||Cincinnati||strikeout swinging||4|
|8||July 27||Shin-Soo Choo||Cincinnati||ground out to SS||4|
|9||July 27||Chris Heisey||Cincinnati||fly out to RF||5|
|10||July 27||Joey Votto||Cincinnati||fly out to LF||2|
|11||July 28||Joey Votto||Cincinnati||line out to CF||2|
|12||July 28||Brandon Phillips||Cincinnati||fly out to CF||6|
|13||July 28||Jay Bruce||Cincinnati||ground out to 1B||1|
|14||July 30||Robinson Cano||New York||strikeout swinging||7|
|15||July 30||Alfonso Soriano||New York||strikeout swinging||5|
|16||July 30||Lyle Overbay||New York||fly out to LF||3|
|17||August 1||Starlin Castro||Chicago||strikeout swinging||4|
|18||August 1||Cody Ransom||Chicago||strikeout looking||4|
|19||August 1||Darwin Barney||Chicago||strikeout looking||4|
|20||August 3||Starlin Castro||Chicago||strikeout swinging||6|
|21||August 3||Nate Schierholtz||Chicago||ground out to 1B||3|
|22||August 3||Cody Ransom||Chicago||strikeout swinging||4|
|23||August 4||Logan Watkins||Chicago||strikeout looking||5|
|24||August 4||Starlin Castro||Chicago||strikeout swinging||3|
|25||August 4||Welington Castillo||Chicago||strikeout swinging||7|
|26||August 8||Allen Craig||St. Louis||strikeout swinging||4|
|27||August 8||Matt Holliday||St. Louis||strikeout swinging||7|
Jansen, who leads all MLB relief pitchers with 84 strikeouts, struck out 15 in his pseudo perfect game, including the final six batters and 12 of the last 14. He needed 113 pitches to record the 27 outs, including 83 strikes.
It was the longest streak of consecutive batters retired by Jansen, surpassing a streak of 22 straight from July 19 to Aug. 30, 2011. Jansen also had a "no-hitter" in 2012 from June 15 to July 13, which included two walks and 14 strikeouts over nine innings.
Jansen's streak of eight consecutive relief appearances of at least one inning with no base runners allowed, snapped Thursday night, was the longest by a Dodger since at least 1916.