Note: Baseball Before Bedtime will no longer be seen on Walkoff Walk in 2008 so that we may bring you short and mildly amusing recaps about games that made a goddamn difference in the race for the postseason. Sorry, Nationals fans.
Dodgers 4, Pirates 3 (12): Craig Hansen walks the bases loaded in the twelfth and James Loney drives in the winning run. This all could have been over in the tenth with a walkoff walk had Nyjer Morgan not gotten thrown out at the plate and Luis Cruz drawn a walk. Woulda coulda shoulda.
Cubs 7, Brewers 6 (12): Walkoff Walk favorite Salomon Torres gave up the farm in the ninth, allowing four runs, blowing the save, and sending the game to extras. Rookie sensation Geovany Soto's three run tater tot was the crushing blow off Torres and Derrek Lee struck down the day's second opportunity for a walkoff walk with his game winning RBI. Cubs magic number for the NL Central is now two.
Mets 7, Nationals 2: Johan Santana came through with another gem and finally, both his bullpen and offense supported him with a win. Jerry Tranuel used three relievers, which is less than normal: the Mets lead the majors with 3.4 pitching changes per game. Johan went seven strong and struck out eight Nats. Catcher Brian Schneider totted twice. Mets move to 1.5 games ahead of the Brewers in the Wild Card race.
Phillies 4, Braves 3: Pat Burrell ding donged and Brad Lidge got his 38th save in 38 tries. That's perfection! Cole Hamels earned his fifth win in his last six decisions. Phillies stay 0.5 games up in the NL East. In related news, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" premiered last night and it was great.
Twins 11, Rays 8: Dan Wheeler blew the game by giving up four runs in the ninth, sparked by Alexi Casilla's two run tater tot. Dan Wheeler used to play for the Mets. It all makes sense.
Other Thursday night action saw the White Sox lose to trim their lead over the Twins to 1.5, the Marlins stay in the picture, and the Diamondbacks topple Tim Lincecum to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.