By Arden Zwelling, Sportsnet.ca, July 23, 2017
CLEVELAND — On Sunday afternoon, Cleveland put up three hits and a run on J.A. Happ’s first four pitches. Happ’s location was fine, and nothing was hit particularly hard, but that’s the way baseball goes sometimes. Balls are going to fall in.
But then Happ walked the bases loaded, before leaving a 2-2 fastball on the plate to Brandon Guyer, who drove it into the left-centre field gap, cashing all those runners and putting Cleveland up by four before many fans had even taken their seats. That’s the pitch Happ would like to have back. Baseball goes like that sometimes, too.
Considering Happ’s adversary on the day, Cleveland ace Corey Kluber, entered the game second in the American League with a 2.86 ERA and 2.51 FIP, and the fact Cleveland was 49-1 when Kluber gets four or more runs of support, the game took on an air of grim eventuality from that moment forward.