CC Sabathia's season-high for walks in a game is four. He's done it five times, most recently on September 16.
And yet Sabathia emerged without having allowed a run. How? Well, for one thing, he struck out Victor Martinez with a slider in the dirt. And for another, there was this:
That looks worse now than it did at the time, but Ramon Santiago swung at a first-pitch ball against a pitcher having all kinds of control problems, and grounded into a double play. That's a good way to stifle a rally.
The good news for the Tigers is that, even though they're losing 2-0, they got Sabathia's pitch count up to 28. But then, Sabathia can handle a high pitch count, and he's probably not going to struggle to find his spots for long. Chalk that half-inning up as a missed opportunity.