CC Sabathia and the War of Attrition/Bottom of the Eighth

J.J. Hardy Leads Off With a Double: I don't recall the exact percentage of lead-off doubles that score, but it's high. I am seeing the decision to push Sabathia into the eighth being questioned already, but he's CC Sabathia. This is what you have him for, these big spots where it takes a big man to hang in and win the war of attrition. He was just cresting 100 pitches as the frame began, was still locating well in the seventh, and there was no reason to pull him.

Two Outs Now: After a strikeout of Adam Jones and a foul pop from Wieters. As I type these words, Mark Reynolds, one of the strike-out-iest hitters in history is down 1-2. Sometimes we overreact to a ball in play, something that happens to be hit hard to the right spot. It's one pitch of 100 or 110 on the night. It doesn't necessarily indicate fatigue.

...And Reynolds grounds out 6-3. Sabathia holds the bridge. As they say in "The Longest Day," "Hold until relieved... Hold until relieved."

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