J.A. Happ took a baby step forward here, a baby half-step there.
Unfortunately for Happ, he's in the major leagues, not a playpen or playground.
The small steps forward aren't enough to keep up with the competition. The tentative steps backward have Happ looking lost and confused. Another scatter-armed performance by Happ on Thursday night at Sun Life Stadium sent the Astros on their way to a 5-0 loss to the Florida Marlins.
With five runs allowed in 52/3 innings, Happ took sole possession of the National League lead with 11 losses. Happ's ERA soared to 5.76, making him last among the 61 NL qualifiers.
He'll have time to ponder his lot in life and how to improve it, too, because the All-Star break begins Monday.
"To be honest with you, I don't even want a break," Happ said. "If I could, I'd pitch tomorrow. Just try to get out there and keep us in the game and try to win some ballgames."
The fruits of Happ's latest labor was a truly creative pitching line for a crowd of 17,806 to behold: five hits, five earned runs, seven walks, eight strikeouts. The last major leaguer to work more than five innings while allowing at least five hits and five earned runs with at least seven walks and eight strikeouts was Roger Clemens on July 18, 1989.
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