Originally written on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 10/1/12
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Fredi Gonzalez didn't really expect the Atlanta Braves to catch the Washington Nationals. Not after trailing the front-running and rarely faltering Nationals all summer and into the fall. Still, the Braves manager took pride in the way his team stubbornly hung in there. And while Atlanta's chase for the National League East title officially ended with a 2-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday night, Gonzalez was hardly disappointed. A year after a stunning September collapse kept them out of the postseason, the Braves will host the wild card game on Friday. Last time Gonzalez checked, you didn't need to clinch a division title to win a World Series. "It's something we shoot for, the division," Gonzalez said. "We didn't get it, but we've got the wild card game and you know there's been many, many teams that go through the wild card to win the World Series." Like say, St. Louis a year ago, a spot the Cardinals grabbed when Atlanta dropped its last five games. It's a me...
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