Braves 5, Mets 0

The night after Roy Oswalt retired 18 Mets in order, a pitcher with a substantially less impressive resume allowed scant damage besides 3 walks and a David Wright single. Atlanta’s Chuck James ran his record to 8-3, while Edgar Renteria singled, doubled and picked up a pair of RBI’s in the Braves’ 5-0 win.

Viewer Renee asked Mex for advice on how to break in a first baseman’s mitt.

Keith proceed to scare the heck out of two boys with his graphic description of “where to stick your fingers.”

I’ve got a question for the SNY mailbag actually. What in blazes is Captain Red Ass doing behind the plate in the 9th inning with the Mets trailing 5-0 and sitting on a 15 1/2 game lead?

There’s been a Manny Ramirez sighting at Fenway Park. Crossing home plate with the tying run in the 9th inning, in fact, as the White Sox and Red Sox are knotted at 2. Trot Nixon has an RBI single in his return from the DL, while Jim Thome homered off Julian Tavarez in the 7th.

(UPDATE : Boston 3, Chicago 2, final in 10. Carlos Pena hit a Brandon McCarthy pitch into the rightfield grandstand…9 days after he homered in Pawtucket’s sole visit to Fenway. The ChiSox slip a half game behind the Twins in the AL Wild Card race, while Boston are 6 back).

The Eastern League’s playoff picture is finally sorted, as Connecticut’s game one, 2-0 win over Binghamton clinched 2nd place in the Northern Division for Portland. The Red Sox and Yankees’ Double A affiliates will start their best-of-5, first round series on Wednesday night in Trenton.

Mets prospect Phillip Humber allowed just 4 hits and one run in 6 and a third innings, as the B-Mets took the nightcap, 4-1.