ATLANTA There are two ways to view the Braves' weekend sweep of the Dodgers:
The pessimist might point out how Atlanta encountered a deficit heading into the sixth inning all three games, an odd sight for a first-place, home-standing club taking on a last-place team seemingly on the road to nowhere.
The optimist would characterize Sunday's comeback victory where the Braves rallied for four runs in the eighth inning to forge a 5-2 win as yet another example of a championship contender coming up big in clutch situations.
They might also note how the Braves trotted out a starting lineup that didn't include B.J. Upton, Chris Johnson, Evan Gattis or Dan Uggla and still ended up with a positive result.
Either way, Atlanta has plenty to be thankful for Sunday night from the umpires who didn't call the game early after two long rain delays (one before first pitch and a 33-minute interruption in the 6th) ... to the cavalcade of small-ball playmakers who helped the Braves become the ...