Eight hits, one run.
That's what the Texas Rangers have. The Rangers are getting hits and getting runners on base, but CC Sabathia continues to hang tough.
After Matt Treanor hit a solo home run to left to cut the Yankees' lead to 5-1, Mitch Moreland, the No. 9 hitter, followed with a sharp single to center.
Michael Young got a one-out single. Runners on first and second with the dangerous Josh Hamilton up. This is the point of the game where the wheels could definitely start to come off. But Sabathia got Hamilton to ground into a 4-6-3 double play. Huge moment in the game. Hamilton has been on fire.
While Sabathia has been sharp, the Rangers are hitting him. So, if you're Joe Girardi, how much longer do you go with Sabathia? Do you try to get two more innings out of Sabathia and then give the ball to Mariano Rivera for the final two innings?
I would think about that scenario. Unless Sabathia goes 1-2-3 in the sixth and the seventh innings. If he does that, I'd consider sending him out for the eighth. But he hasn't had a 1-2-3 inning in this game.
If I'm Girardi, I'm not even considering Kerry Wood in the eighth. If Sabathia can only go six, then I'd think about Wood in the seventh and Rivera for the final two.