Cubs 5 forgotten moments from Game 7 of 2016 World Series

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Chicago Cubs: Brandon Guyer? Who?

Before Davis clubbed the game-tying homer that rocked Progressive Field, Indians outfielder Brandon Guyer got down to business against Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the eighth.

Guyer was 1-for-13 heading into Game 7, but he already had a hit earlier that evening off Cubs left-hander Jon Lester after coming into the game off the bench. This, however, was an entirely different situation.

Chapman had just replaced Lester–who deserves mention for his dominance after the passed ball incident in the fifth inning–after he conceded a single to Jose Ramirez. Given Chapman’s track record of success in the series as well as the fact the Cubs led by three runs, it appeared inevitable Chapman would slam the door on any potential rally.

But Guyer proved to be a much tougher out than anticipated. He fell behind 1-2, but spoiled a Chapman fastball on the outer half and eventually battled to a full count. Guyer then stayed inside the ball and ripped a middle-middle fastball into the gap in right-center field, scoring Ramirez and cutting the deficit.

Davis’ homer has the distinction of being one of the most memorable homers in MLB history, even in a losing effort.

But we are not even talking about that stunning moment without this remarkable at-bat from a platoon outfielder in Brandon Guyer.