Originally Posted by Wedema
So, Leyland wanted to make sure that Rivera would pitch so he put him in the eighth with a 3 run lead. If the NL did not have to bat in the ninth, that means that Rivera gave up 4 runs and the lead. Should have saved him for the ninth!
Say Leland saves him for the ninth and has Nathan pitch the eighth, what if Nathan gives up 4 runs? Needed to make sure he got in the game.