Yankees Shut Out, Astros Headed To Kansas City
Dallas Keuchel and three Houston relievers shut out the New York Yankees as the Astros took a 3-0 decision in the one game AL Wild Card Playoff on Tuesday night in the Bronx.
Houston now moves on to Kansas City to face the defending AL champion Royals, while the Yankees absorb a very brief, quiet and disappointing return to the postseason, their first in three years.
Colby Rasmus clubbed Masahiro Tanaka's first pitch of the second inning for a home run, and Carols Gomez drilled Tanaka's first offering of the fourth for a homer to pace the 'Stros. Jose Altuve added an off-balance, flip of the bat base-hit in the seventh off of Dellin Betances to drive in Houston's final run. It was plenty for Keuchel, who struck out seven, walked one and gave up just three singles in six innings. From there, Tony Sipp, Will Harris and Luke Gregerson combined to keep Yankee Stadium silent.
No one in Joe Girardi's lineup could do much to spark the offense. But, it was a particularly difficult night for the top of the order. New York's 1-thru-4 of Brett Gardner, Chris Young, Carlos Beltran and Alex Rodriguez combined to go 1 for 14 with eight strikeouts.
Tanaka (0-1) finished with three strikeouts, three walk and four his in five innings.