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Wild Card Loss Ends 2015 Season for Yankees

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Bronx, NY – The atmosphere inside Yankee Stadium on Monday night was typical for the major league playoffs; the seats were filled by 50,113 fans, the largest Yankee Stadium crowd of the season; the fans arrived early and remained until the game concluded; the Yankee fans were excited and fully supportive of their team throughout the contest; there was a playoff sized number of media present to cover the important contest.

The excitement and interest in the game were intensified by the failure of the Yankees to qualify for the playoffs in 2013 and 2014. The most recent postseason game won by the yanks was game 5 of the 2012 ALDS. They were then swept by the Tigers in the ALCS. The Yankees captured a Wild Card spot only four days before the 2015 regular season ended, but their postseason journey lasted only three hours and four minutes.

The game was a pitching duel that featured only eight hits, five by Houston and three by New York. Houston starter Dallas Keuchel again had no difficulty with the Yankees. Prior to 2015, Keuchel had a won/lost mark of under .500 and an ERA above 4.00 in the majors.

The 20 game winner this season is one of two favorites, with David Price, to win the Cy Young Award. He pitches like nothing but a Cy Young Award winner when facing the Yankees. He gave up no runs in all three games against them this year.

He yielded only three singles, fanned seven, and gave up no walks in six frames on Monday. He is 3-0 in the three games versus New York in 2015. In in 22 innings, he has yielded only 12 hits and walked one batter while fanning 28.

Keuchel modestly tried to not picture himself as a hero after the contest, “It’s not hard to get up for a game like this…There’s really no leader [on the Astros]; were all fans of each other.”

Carlos Garcia, who knocked in one of the three runs for his club with a first pitch home run off Masahiro Tanaka to lead-off the fourth spoke highly of the Houston starter, “We had the best pitcher in the American League on the mound.”

A disappointed Yankee manager Joe Girardi admitted, “We just haven’t been able to solve Keuchel this year. We haven’t been able to do it. We haven’t scored a run in—I don’t know how many innings he’s thrown against us—21. And struggled against left-handers down the stretch and it continued tonight.”

His performance was augmented by the three relievers, Tony Sipp, Will Harris and Luke Gregerson, who each pitched a scoreless frame

Houston pitching determined the result of the contest that ended the Yankee season.

About Howard Goldin

Howard Goldin is a 72-year-old Bronx native whose passion for sports is evidenced by his 15 years of sports writing with Latino Sports. A former English instructor at Monroe College, his love for sports started with baseball and have expanded since. If there's a sport or a community event, Howard will be in attendance covering it.

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