Mathematically, it was a loss that kept another National League East team in the race. But with the Braves' magic number at one when it comes to ending the Phillies' postseason hopes, Friday's 2-1 Philadelphia win only delayed the inevitable.
Atlanta should, barring a collapse of catastrophic proportions, eliminate the Phillies and Mets -- magic number two to knock them out -- sometime over the next few series as the march toward the East crown and home-field advantage through the NLCS.
It's not a loss, or a series, or a road trip that's going to induce any panic, especially given the performance that Philly got out of Cliff Lee. But the defeat at Citizens Bank Park Stadium did fall short of what it could have been: a statement game from a pitcher who looks to be the odds-on favorite to get the ball in Game 1 of the NLDS.
Here are three observations from the Braves' loss:
1. Minor's best just wasn't enough
Mike Minor entered Friday with 19, which is four behind the Dodgers' Cla...