The last time Philadelphia and Atlanta met, the Phillies left the field victorious and ready to begin the playoffs. The Braves walked off stunned that they would be missing the postseason after holding a seemingly insurmountable wild-card lead just weeks earlier.
Atlanta and Philadelphia open a three-game series Tuesday night at Turner Field, the site where the Phillies eliminated the Braves from playoff contention on the final day of the 2011 regular season.
Had Atlanta managed to win just one of its six games against Philadelphia last September, it would have forced a one-game playoff with St. Louis for the NL wild card. The Braves, however, dropped all six meetings - part of their 9-18 September collapse - including a season-ending sweep at Turner Field.
Philadelphia limited Atlanta to 11 runs in the six September meetings, while Hunter Pence hit .364 with seven RBIs.
Atlanta's late-season struggles carried into 2012, as the Braves (14-9) opened 0-4, but they've won 14 of 19 ...