Because there are so many baseball games, it’s tricky to ascribe any lessons to any single game. But the doings Saturday, I submit, showed us the 2012 Braves for better and worse.
For better: They won by scoring three runs in the eighth inning.
For worse: Their starting pitcher twice couldn’t hold a two-run lead, necessitating the late rally.
Even with their No. 1 shortstop hurt in the final game before the All-Star break and his understudy injured in the first game after, the Braves have one of the better everyday lineups in the National League. On Saturday, they scored five runs in five innings off R.A. Dickey, the knuckleballer who has been baseball’s best pitcher. When you score five runs and you have Craig Kimbrel to close, you should win.
Which the Braves did, but they needed three more runs — and a slew of unyielding...