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Jeff is right! (Or so he so persistently thinks.)

The first thing I did after writing my last post was to check the results from the minors today.  Before telling you what I found, let me share with you what I'm wearing today: a t-shirt with the phrase, "To Save Time, Let's Just Assume I Know Everything."

What am I right about this time?  The effect of leaving runners on base.  Conventional wisdom: "WE MUST HIT WITH RUNNERS ON, EVEN IF THAT'S THE ONLY TIME WE HIT."  Jeff: "[Y]ou know what, that's a dumb stat."

Nashville won tonight, 10-8, over the Oklahoma Redhawks:

Kevin Orie ripped a pair of doubles and Trent Durrington recorded a team-high three RBIs to lead the Nashville Sounds to a 10-8 victory over the Oklahoma RedHawks on Tuesday evening in the opener of a four-game series at SBC Bricktown Ballpark. ...

Orie extended his season-opening hitting streak to a current team-best eight games with his 2-for-4, three-run effort. Durrington followed suit, running his hit streak to seven games with a 2-for-2 night that also included a pair of walks and two stolen bases.

Pat Borders (2-for-4) and Ryan Knox (2-for-3) also added multiple-hit efforts for the victorious Sounds, who stranded a season-high 12 men on base including leaving the bases loaded twice.

[emphasis mine]

And there it is...stranding twelve.  Imagine how painful it must have been to watch the inning die with the bases jammed--twice!  In a close game!  This is surely the kind of play that demoralizes, crushes, dooms a team to a loss!

Except when it doesn't.

To be fair, the Sounds's batting average with RISP probably wasn't sub-.200, as the Crew's has been lately.  But it can't be too hot if they left 12 guys on base.