October 8 - Brandon Guyer started in right field and went hitless in two at-bats as the Cleveland Indians fell, 11-3, to visiting Houston in Game 3 of their American League Division Series this afternoon. With the victory, the defending World Series champion Astros completed a three-game sweep and advance to the ALCS.
Guyer, a graduate of Herndon High School, reached on a fielder’s choice in the first and struck out looking in the fourth in his first action of the series. He was lifted for pinch hitter Melky Cabrera in the seventh.
“This was a real special group, this one stings,” Indians manager Terry Francona said in his postgame press conference. “All we wanted to do today was keep it going so we can play tomorrow. And now we’ve got to go home.
“Houston outplayed us, and that’s why they’re moving on.”
Guyer played an integral role in the Indians reaching the World Series and pushing the Chicago Cubs to a Game 7 after being acquired by Cleveland at the 2016 trade deadline, hitting .333 in 24 plate appearances that postseason. A career .274 hitter against left-handed pitchers, he was given the nod by Francona today against Houston southpaw Dallas Keuchel, who Guyer was a career 6-for-15 (.400) against entering the game.
The former Herndon and University of Virginia standout had a down season while battling several nagging injuries, hitting just .206 with seven home runs and 27 RBI in 221 plate appearances during the regular season. He’d been playing through a shoulder injury over the past few weeks. The Indians hold a $3 million club option on Guyer in 2019, which would be his eighth Major League season. He will turn 33 in January.
Houston will meet the winner of the other ALDS matchup between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, who are tied at 1-1 entering tonight’s Game 3.
Photo of Brandon Guyer courtesy of Getty Images