ATLANTA -- No Andrelton Simmons in the starting lineup. No Chris Johnson or Brian McCann, either.
With the end of nine games in nine days at home and an off day Thursday, manager Fredi Gonzalez opted to rest a number of his regulars for Wednesday's season finale vs. the Mets -- that is until pinch-hit duty called for Simmons and Johnson in the ninth -- and used a pitcher in Kameron Loe, who last started in the majors in 2007.
Atlanta would suffer a 5-2 loss, yet win the series 2-1 and claimed the regular-season set against New York 10-9. Still, this wasn't how a team with its sights on the National League's top seed in the postseason wanted to cap the home stand.
"The Dodgers are playing well ... we want the No. 1 seed and we don't want to give up anything," said Elliot Johnson, who went 2-for-4 in starting in place of Chris Johnson at third base. "If they're going to keep on playing well we need to, play just as well if not better. We need to got ahead and continue to get the w...