I wonder whether John Brumback would play shape banking the 6. If not, it's a one ball gopher, IMO. (gonna leave somethin' productive for op if it's missed.)
Mostly true, but I have lost games like that and it REALLY pisses me off, so I look to not give 'em an out of any type, especially if they are a hot shooter or banker. Admit it, if you were the other man down 7-4, you're popping the first thing that moves.
Here is an alternate shot that Shannon sometimes shoots in these situations: bank the 10 at the middle diamond on the head rail, so that it goes up and back and then goes somewhere up table, drawing the CB to the foot rail. Lotta emphasis on laying the CB on the foot rail.
You could also 2-rail the 10 and hope to queer his long-rail banking lanes if be was a good banker - it is hard to keep him off popping that 6 straight back.
There's nothing that attractive offensively here. Needing only one, while he needs them all, I'd probably come with low left off the 8 ball, and try to bring the CB to the first diamond above my pocket.
That doesn't leave him much, and he'll have to start shooting some low percentage shots, which might give me an opportunity to end it. If not, I'd start working toward a wedge game.
I like your shot Doc. Leave the eight near the one and along the side rail, and draw the cue ball down the side rail a tad. I don't think it is necessary to bring it all the way to the first diamond. That would require more speed and send the eight to the head rail, potentially giving up a good straight back bank on it.