Baseball Before Bedtime: Devil Got My Woman

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Here's what happened in baseball last night when my mind got to ramblin', like a wild geese:

Twins 5, White Sox 3: It's better to end a game with Dewayne Wise in the field and not at the plate, eh? Wise made the last out to end a late White Sox rally as Mark Buehrle came up a few innings shy of his second straight perfect game. Still, Mark set a MLB record for most consecutive batters retired at 45 but then gave up the perfect game, no-hitter, shutout, and win so he wouldn't have to go back on Letterman and fail to think up any zingers again.

Marlins 4, Braves 3: Garret Anderson was all ready to play the role of hero after his solo tater tot put Atlanta ahead 3-2 in the top of the ninth. Little did he know that Ross G. Load was lying in wait with a two-run tater tot of his own. How's that for a topper! It was a walkoff job that propelled Florida ahead of the Braves by one game in the race to finish second to the Phillies. Rafael Soriano gets the sadsack loss, blown save, and Bobby Cox' stinkeye for at least 20 hours.

Mets 4, Rockies 0: So what lesson can we take away from the Mets' fourth straight win and second against the wild card-leading Rockies? Are the Mets re-entering the wild card discussion or are the Rockies simply leaving it? Or are both happening? Either way, Mike Pelfrey pitched a gem, Jeff Francouer drove in a run, and a CitiField lemonade vendor serenaded David Pinto and his teenage daughter with a naughty limerick.

Rays 6, Yankees 2: CC Sabathia did not have his magic but the Yankees defense played like a bunch of dead retarded squirrels behind him. So there's that excuse. But anyway, Scott Kazmir took Rick Peterson's advice to heart and closed down the Yankees offense to win his first start in two months. Both Derek Jeter and A-Rod made throwing errors in the game but it was Nick Swisher's misplay of two different balls that made me want to defenestrate my TV.

Nationals 8, Brewers 3: The Nationals ding-dong brigade continues to shower down ding-dongs in Miller Park. Homers by Cristian Guzman, Nyjer Morgan, and one by Adam Dunn that nearly broke through the windows and bounded out onto Route 41 helped the Nats topple the Brew Crew for the second night running. Collin Balester earned his first '09 win by holding Milwaukee to two runs over six innings.

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Just prior to the G. Load Tater, my buddy asks me, do you trust Soriano, I say yeah, he's been great this year.

Next pitch, game winning tot.

The Nats are 6-2 in their last 8 PLAYOFFS WHAT



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