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For Atlanta, A Loss Was As Good As A Win
Jim Kaplan
October 11, 1982
The situation was desperate indeed. Here were the Atlanta Braves trying to maintain a one-game lead in the National League's West Division on the season's final day—and doing a terrible job of it. There was one out in the ninth and the Braves were trailing the Padres 5-1, having butchered the game at bat and afield. Meanwhile, the San Diego Stadium scoreboard was showing a 2-2 Dodger-Giant score in the seventh inning up at San Francisco. An Atlanta loss and an L.A. win would mean that the division title would be decided by a Monday playoff at Dodger Stadium—hardly a pleasing prospect for the Braves.
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October 11, 1982

For Atlanta, A Loss Was As Good As A Win

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That win turned out to be the Braves' last of the season, but it was the last one they needed. As they learned the next day, losing can be fun, too.

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